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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 10, 2014 - Faith for Tomorrow

By Scott Harrup

It sounds like a plot device from a "Twilight Zone" episode. A president of the United States discovers a letter written to him by another president in the past. The letter is strangely prescient, predicting a key event in American history and making a request that the sitting president takes to heart.

But it's not science fiction. President Dwight Eisenhower discovered such a letter written to him by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Written on Dec. 17, 1941, Roosevelt's letter was addressed "To the President of the United States in 1956."

"I am writing this letter as an act of faith in the destiny of our country," President Roosevelt began. "I desire to make a request which I make in full confidence that we shall achieve a glorious victory in the war we are now waging to preserve our democratic way of life."

Roosevelt asked that Colin P. Kelly III — a baby when his father, Captain Colin P. Kelly Jr., became the first American to die for his country after the United States declared war on Japan — be appointed to West Point by the president in 1956. Eisenhower honored President Roosevelt's request.

Roosevelt expressed his complete assurance that the United States would be victorious in World War II. History proved him right. Looking back, however, it is clear Roosevelt could never truly predict the outcome of the war in the dark days following Pearl Harbor.

But there are other letters from history that look even further into the future and offer irrefutable assurance of a glorious victory to be won.

God Almighty has declared again and again in His Word that the overarching battle between good and evil will one day end with good prevailing. Consider these promises from some of the biblical epistles, or letters, to the Early Church.

"The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever" (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17, NIV).

"You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness" (2 Peter 3:11-13).

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.' He who was seated on the throne said, 'I am making everything new!' Then he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true'" (Revelation 21:3-5).

Those "trustworthy and true" words were penned nearly 2,000 years ago. The day they predict has not yet arrived. But it surely will. In the meantime, you can take a cue from President Roosevelt and live your life "in full confidence that we shall achieve a glorious victory in the war we are now waging."

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




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