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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 18, 2013 - Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

By Patty Kennedy

"Bless the Lord, oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!" (Psalm 103:1, NKJV).

With the approach of Thanksgiving, I wonder how many of us take the time regularly to ponder the immeasurable blessings poured out upon us by our Heavenly Father.

God has blessed me with family, friends, mentors and mentees, and staggering ministry opportunities. Beyond that, He has blessed my husband and me materially. We live in a nice home God has enabled us to expand to meet the needs of people who come to stay with us on a fairly regular basis.

But should these material blessings be removed, I have reason to bless the Lord as long as there is breath in me. Why? Because Jesus has delivered me from death!

Ephesians 2:6 says, "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms" (NIV). Think about that for a minute. We know Jesus sits at the very right hand of God, and this Scripture states we are seated right there with Him. If we had nothing else in our lives for which to give thanks, this one thing should keep us singing for all eternity.

I have a confession to make. For as long as I can remember, I have struggled with anger. Through lots of reading and sound counsel, I have learned that anger is often a defense mechanism when somebody lives in fear. That explains how it all started with me; I experienced some truly frightening crises growing up.

Now, though, my life is such that I have no legitimate reason to be angry. Yet anger from the past oftentimes rears its ugly head, and it is a constant battle to exercise 2 Corinthians 10:5 and take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ. And, as the passage above reminds me, I must regularly "Bless the Lord, oh my soul." I am discovering that as I lift my voice in praise to God, my anger dissipates.

If you are given to anger or a critical spirit, or if you find yourself complaining a lot, I encourage you to begin incorporating this Scripture into your life. When you are tempted to lose control, take a deep breath, focus on God, and say, "Bless the Lord, oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!"

This week, make a list of everything for which you are thankful — most notably the gift of Jesus Christ, who has redeemed your soul from death. Ask Him to give you a thankful heart, and begin to praise Him.

— Patty Kennedy describes her life as "a powerful illustration of God's matchless grace and redemption." She lives in Springfield, Mo., where her husband, John, serves as news editor for the Pentecostal Evangel.




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