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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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November 12, 2013 - Thankful for God's Blessings

By Gary Rogers

Mike was traveling through town. He shared with me that he was just released from a Texas prison. After three years of being away from his wife and family, his goal was to make it home to Kansas. For some reason, Mike and I really connected. Not because we looked anything alike. Mike was very tall and African-American. I'm barely 5-foot-9 and a pale-faced one-fourth Cherokee Indian.

My heart went out to Mike. When he talked to me, he was blunt, straightforward, and sincere. He had no place to spend the night. He had no money for food. He had no transportation, and it was the day before Thanksgiving.

Our church is located next to an interstate in Oklahoma. I can hear the traffic not far beyond my office door, and people will stop by periodically for some type of help. On the sign outside the church, when Mike visited, was the title of our Wednesday night series, "A Healing Place." It is one thing to proclaim something, and something else to live it.

Mike shared with me that he used to be a believer and attended a Church of God in Christ. He told me how he was angry and somehow got caught up in Islam. For a while Islam was his answer. The teaching of Islam seemed to feed his anger. But no longer. His heart was tender. He had rededicated his life to the Lord.

Our church set Mike up in a motel for the night while we looked for a bus ride to Kansas. Before I left the motel, Mike asked for prayer. We joined hands in front of the motel office and asked for God to give him favor and to restore his family.

Mike joined us at church for our Wednesday night "Healing Place" service. By 10 a.m. on Thanksgiving he was on a bus for home. Wow, what a Thanksgiving celebration that must have been!

When it was all said and done, I realized our church got to do something for Jesus that week. Remember His parable of the sheep and the goats? His description of believers who visited Him in prison? You can read it in Matthew 25:31-46.

As another Thanksgiving approaches, I'm looking at my list of things for which I can offer thanks and praise to God. And I'm keeping my eye out for someone in need with whom I can share those blessings.

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



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