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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 25, 2014 - Total Restoration

By Gary Rogers

My neighbor was on deployment to Iraq. One morning while looking into his garage across the street, I saw his 1973 Plymouth Barracuda under its tarp. I got an idea. The plan was to try to get some resources together and paint his project car while he was serving overseas. The car was pretty rough and needed a lot of work, but a nice paint job would be a good start towards the total restoration.

I shared the vision with another neighbor. Following a couple of phone calls, the students at WyoTech college in Laramie, Wyo., got on board as well. WyoTech teaches students just about everything to do with cars.

The all-volunteer crew from the school went all out on the Cuda. My vision of a paint job became: a 5.7L Hemi, five-speed overdrive automatic transmission, new torsion bars, Edelbrock shocks, Mopar Performance leaf springs, 14-inch Baer disc brakes, 17X8 American Racing wheels, new Bridgestone Potenza tires, body completely restored with everything dismantled and rebuilt, paint done in a Jon Moss Yellow, gauge cluster restored, new carpets, and a new stereo system.

My vision of a paint job became a complete restoration of Andy's Cuda. We had a special reveal on May 17, 2008, when Andy returned home to Oklahoma from Iraq. "Mopar Muscle" magazine even did an article on the car project.

God is in the restoration business. He can take a dented, rusted, piece of junk and make it a classic.

"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:22-24, NIV).

God's rebuilding process is to "put off" and "put on." The old traits must go to make room for the new and improved. The worn out, used up, and useless are replaced with the best available. Instead of slow and unreliable, God installs a source of motivation that transports with fuel-injected acceleration. New life and new energy are both in God's restoration plan.

God's restoration shop turns out a refurbished, classic outside with the most modern and reliable under-the-hood components. He builds a one-of-a-kind every time.

Are you hanging onto the rusted bucket of bolts this world has made of your life? Why not turn your future over to the Master Restorer?

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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