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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 29, 2013 - Here for This Hour

By Gary Rogers

With Thanksgiving festivities concluding, perhaps you are reflecting on your place in life. Such thoughts only grow deeper with the approach of Christmas and the new year.

"Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour" (John 12:27, NKJV).

Near the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus knew that within a short time He would be crucified. He was well aware of the pain and suffering He was about to endure. The question that came to His mind was, "Should I ask God the Father to save Me?"

The debate in Jesus' mind was whether to go forward into the humiliation and torture of crucifixion or ask His Father to find another way. The conclusion for Jesus was, "But for this purpose I came to this hour." Jesus was willing to accept God's plan and purpose for the hour He lived.

His obedience has forever impacted all of humanity, opening the way for us to repent of our sins, receive God's forgiveness, and anticipate eternal life with our Savior. Thank you, Jesus, for staying on course.

Does God know where we are? Does God understand when we are here? It is evident Jesus was on a divine time schedule. The evening of the crucifixion was the beginning of the Sabbath. That specific Sabbath was a very special one, due to Passover falling on it. Jesus, as the Passover Lamb, needed to be on the cross at the right time in the right place. God was well aware of each where and when of Jesus' life.

The same truth applies to you and to me. God knows where we are and when we are here! It is no accident we see the events of this hour. It is with divine purpose we are here now.

Like Jesus, you may question how you can discern and then follow through with God's plan. Like Jesus, you may be well aware of the challenges and possible suffering due to your obedience to God's purpose. Like Jesus, some of the things you are required to endure may not be what you want.

But, like Jesus, you can reach the place of understanding and obedience that transforms you into an effective servant of God. In the end, His purpose expressed in your life will bring about your ultimate joy and eternal destiny.

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




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