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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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January 9, 2014 - Run the Race

By Paul Veliquette

I have been blessed during the years of my ministry to connect with many great men and women of God. They have taught me so much about being faithful and faith-filled. Hebrews 11 is an awe-inspiring list of people of great faith. It is apparent to me that the chapter has not yet been finished. The "cloud of witnesses" continues to grow every day as others demonstrate tremendous faith.

One such man of faith was Paul Bruton, son of missionaries. Paul and I were part of the leadership team at Bethany Bible College (Scotts Valley, Calif.) during the presidency of Richard Foth. When I think of my friend Paul, I immediately remember his great love for God and for students. Paul filled a variety of roles at the college including campus pastor and dean of students.

Paul was a disciplined man known for his early morning runs. He was strong, vigorous and physically fit … until he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Paul was in the prime of life and suddenly faced the disastrous effects of a debilitating disease. Paul, being the strong silent type, did not talk much about it or share his condition.

The amazing thing for me was the fact Paul continued to run for many months without any sensation in his lower body. Hebrews 12:1 says, "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (NIV).

That was Paul! I was saddened when I heard Paul had stepped from this world into the next. But I rejoiced to know his race was over! He had run with all his might toward the end of the course and received his winner's crown.

Sometimes I am such a weakling. It is amazing the small and insignificant things I can let get in the way of my running the race of faith. The joy is not in the running itself; it is in the completion of the course, my course, the one my God has laid out for me. Here are some reflective questions to ask.

1. Do I know with great certainty what my course is?

2. If not, how can I find it?

3. How tough am I?

4. What are the typical things, hindrances, or sins I allow to divert me from my race?

5. Who knows about my struggles?

6. Who will be influenced to make the ultimate decisions of faith because I am running and running well?

Get your running shoes on and go for it!

— Paul Veliquette is financial administrator for the Rocky Mountain District Council of the Assemblies of God in Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

 

 

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