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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 28, 2013 - The World's in a Mess, but ...

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Are we living in the last days? It seems the question comes up among Christians every time there's a major disturbance in the world. It could be a political clash, a natural disaster, a financial meltdown, anything that causes chaos. These events disturb our peace and cause us to wonder if the time of Christ's return and the end of the earth as we know it has come.

The truth is, we've been living in the "last days" since Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. During the past 2,000 years, plagues have killed millions, dictators have slaughtered innocents in droves, and wars have thundered across the planet. When we think of the disasters humanity has already been through, we might wonder if there's an inch of peaceful ground left on earth.

People have speculated about the date of the world's end; many have run for the hills and built communes where supposedly peace would reign. People want "safe" places to hide their money, a way to control the weather and prevent natural disasters — we crave elusive world peace.

As followers of Jesus, how should we respond to the "wars and rumors of war" Jesus told us would come (Matthew 24:6, NIV)?

Remember His advice: "When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away" (Luke 21:9).

Disturbing world events remind us that this present earth is our temporary home. The Father has built for us a permanent home where we'll live with Him forever (John 14:2,3).

The terrible events we see — in the world and in our personal lives — all are working together to make us ready for our forever home.

Jesus taught a lot about the end times, warning us of things to come and telling us how to experience His peace. Remember these words: "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).

— Rose McCormick Brandon and her husband, Doug, live in Caledonia, Ontario. She is the author of One Good Word Makes all the Difference.



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