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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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March 12, 2014 - Just to Know His Smile

By Jerry D. Scott

"This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word" (Isaiah 66:2, NIV).

Remember the story Jesus told about two men who went to pray? The self-righteous Pharisee asked nothing of God, only commending himself to God for all the good things he had done. The "sinner" lowered his eyes and prayed only for mercy from God. Jesus said that only one man went home right with God, and it wasn't the "good guy" (see Luke 18:10-14).

Are you living in humility before God, allowing Him to lead you? Are you discovering His will, day by day, not necessarily as He writes it on the sky in mile-high letters, but through obedience in the little things? There is the place of blessing, the place where His smile warms our hearts and we know what it is to live with a sense of close fellowship.

The 1981 movie "Chariots of Fire" told the story of Eric Liddell, a committed Christian who became an Olympic competitor, and later a missionary to China who died as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. There is a memorable line in that movie. Liddell confidently, yet humbly says, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."

Nothing in the world can replace the sense that God takes pleasure from us as obedient children! If you're running from Him, resisting Him, complaining about Him — stop, turn in repentance, and humbly give yourself to Him. That does not guarantee everything in your life will magically turn out wonderful, that you will be spared all difficulty.

It does allow you to know the smile of God's blessed approval. And that, my friend, supersedes all other awards or any other achievement.

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.




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