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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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February 4, 2014 - Don't Let Anger Control You

By Scott McChrystal

"'In your anger do not sin': Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry" (Ephesians 4:26, NIV).

Controlling anger in marriage and family relationships is challenging.

Today, explosive outbursts of anger are often viewed as no big thing. In fact, sometimes it seems to elevate people to a kind of celebrity status — for example, a manager or coach exploding at the umpire or referee. Some even see this as a technique for motivating people under their command. Bad idea.

This technique is particularly harmful in marriage and family. Outbursts of anger in this context are especially hurtful and destructive, sometimes permanently.

Let's be honest. We've all been there.

This verse tells us two important things. First, recognize that anger leading to sin is wrong. We should not let our anger cause us to hurt our spouse or children — physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually.

In the military, the work environment can be tough. Treating family members like "one of the troops" usually doesn't effectively resolve conflicts at home.

Secondly, the Lord tells us to deal with anger quickly, before it mushrooms and gets out of control.

Ask God to help. Your family is a gift He has given you.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Adapted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 3.




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