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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 31, 2013 - Life Doesn't Have to Be Scary

By Scott Harrup

Halloween has practically become a national holiday. Americans now spend nearly $7 billion on creepy costumes, candy by the bushel, and increasingly elaborate home decorations. Children especially take to the day as a chance to dress up and put their neighbors' generosity to the test.

In addition to candy, our family likes to hand out the Kids Edition of the Pentecostal Evangel to trick-or-treaters. (Good news/bad news — this week's issue sold out before I could take a stack of remainders home. But you can still read the issue online at

I believe people's fascination with scary entertainment is tied to a natural desire to minimize fears and experience real peace. We make up tales about "the bogeyman" to offset concerns over genuine threats to ourselves or to our loved ones.

In contrast with our flawed attempts to calm our own fears, the Bible is filled with God's promises of genuine peace. Life doesn't have to be scary when we take God at His word and trust Him to guide us through each day's potential anxieties.

"Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble" (Psalm 119:165, NIV).

Have you found time to discover a promise or two in God's Word to restore your calm in the midst of today's storms?

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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