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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 10, 2013 - From Oklahoma to Syria With Love

By Gary Rogers

On a recent Sunday morning, God answered a longing of my heart. Standing at the front of our church, a young lady with a traditional Muslim headdress shared her need. She had first been exposed to our church through a neighborhood outreach where some of our young adults invited her to participate in a short program. Later, they shared with me how excited they were to see her smiling and interacting with the children and the songs.

Now in our church service standing on our stage, she requested that we would pray for her family. Her family lives in Syria. This was her first time in church. She and I had just met. Her motive was clear. All she wanted was prayer for her family. In her heart was a belief that maybe these strangers could ask God for help, and in some way help could span thousands of miles to the troubled country of Syria and find her family members and minister to their needs.

My heart is so stirred with this event. Our church is a place where people should be able to come seeking God's help. Their appearance, or background, or faith doesn't matter. I believe God is present to work a miracle in their hearts. "For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV).

The condition of the heart is God's concern. This lady entered our church with a heart filled with concern. Her heart was searching and wondering. Would she be welcomed in this meeting? Would the people here be friendly, or judgmental and rude? Could she express a need? Once shared, would her need be taken to a God who cares? And possibly one of the greatest questions — will this God bring a change?

What a wonderful opportunity for God and His church to shine!

The response of our people to this lady was amazing. Smiles, handshakes, greetings, and yes even a hug or two. She experienced the love of God through His people. The sincere prayers she heard from across the congregation caught her attention. She witnessed a group of strangers showing concern for her need.

This is the world we live in. In Chickasha, Okla., a lady from Syria stood on our platform and received prayer for a need as current as today's headlines. She made the distance from Oklahoma to Syria insignificant. She made it seem like it was across the street. What a time to live!

God is the answer, and prayer moves God to action.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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