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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 13, 2014 - If Your Life's a Nail-Biter …

By Scott Harrup

Life should be thrilling and adventurous, not scary. Anyone who says they like being afraid isn't talking about real fear; they're talking about an adrenaline rush.

When life is out of control — when circumstances appear ready to rip away our health, finances, family, or anything else we value — real fear can set in.

It can be sobering to realize how little control we have over life. Athletes die of sudden heart attacks; homeowners lose everything in a hurricane; unsuspecting people fall prey to random acts of violence. At any moment, the worst can happen.

How can we move from living in fear to living an adventure?

When we try to be the masters of our own fate, we set ourselves up for life's worst surprises. But if we will entrust our lives to God, He promises to be with us regardless of what we encounter. To some people that sounds counterintuitive, mystical, and even boring. But that's because they don't understand what trusting God means.

"Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness" (Genesis 15:6, NIV). Abram's life gives us some clues on how his trust expressed itself.

For Abram, soon to be named Abraham, trusting God meant striking out for the new and unknown, confronting life's biggest challenges, and discovering the greatest blessings can play out over the long-term. He moved from his homeland of Ur, fought four kings to rescue his kidnapped nephew, and became a father to Isaac in his old age — all the while trusting God during the many years between the Bible's recorded highlights.

The adventure of trusting God injects meaning and excitement during life's mundane stretches. Trusting God also brings serenity at the crisis points.

Trusting God is the key to God's forgiveness and blessing in our lives. Abraham, though a revered patriarch, struggled with doubt and sin like the rest of us. But God responded to Abraham's foundational trust by purifying his life — declaring him righteous. God does that for each of us who will come to Him in faith through the atonement of His Son Jesus.

And then, the real adventure begins.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (sharrup.agblogger.org).

 

 

 

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