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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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October 10, 2013 - The Best Recommendation

By Greg Ebie

False teachers had made their way into the church at Corinth. They brought letters of recommendation with them. It didn't matter that the letters were forged. Just claiming to be connected to one of the apostles was enough to be heard. The apostle Paul had a different letter of recommendation.

"You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts" (2 Corinthians 3:2,3, NIV).

Christ's letter of recommendation was the testimony of changed lives. Paul says the Corinthian believers were his proof of being an apostle. They were a letter written upon his heart by Jesus for anyone to read.

I can't help but think about my "credentials." Like many pastors, I have a certificate of ordination (in my case bearing the seal of the Assemblies of God). Yet, that is just a piece of paper framed and hung in my office. My real "credentials," or letter of recommendation, is the people God has given me to pastor. Is there evidence of transformed lives sitting in church each Sunday, or are people just in a spiritual rut?

I had breakfast this morning with one such "personalized letter." I'm thankful for those who have grown in their relationship with Christ through my ministry. Yet I can't help but wonder if there are some who would be a smudge on my credentials. What can I do to be more effective as their pastor to help bring change in their lives?

How about you? You may not be a pastor, but are you being an influence for spiritual maturity in the lives of others? As a parent, are you teaching your children how to live a godly life? Are you an influence for righteousness at work or school? Each of us should have authentic letters of recommendation signed by Jesus for everyone to read.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

 

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