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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 26, 2014 - The Spiritual Fruit of Peace

By William E. Richardson

"But the fruit of the Spirit is ... peace" (Galatians 5:22, NKJV).

Some situations in life remind me of paper cuts. They're minor irritations. Other events cut deeper. The pain lasts longer.

In my preteen years, while trying to force open a door that was stuck, I ran my arm through a glass pane in the door. Glass was removed from my arm and the inside of my elbow was bandaged. Unlike paper cuts I've had on my fingers, the glass cut left a permanent scar on my arm.

Unpleasant experiences come and go in all of our lives. Some things upset us for a few moments. Other events leave a scar. We need God's peace to deal with life's problems both large and small. Peace is God's gift when we need it during crisis. It's also another fruit of the spirit for Christians to develop and consistently show in their words and actions.

To grow well, fruit must be tended. Spiritual fruit grows because God is our source of nourishment. In the Bible, Isaiah lived through some unwanted situations. He was also allowed to know about disturbing events ahead of time. Yet, in Isaiah 26:3, he said this about God: "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You."

In the words of J. Oswald Sanders, "Peace is not the absence of trouble, but the presence of God."

Later, in the New Testament, after the apostle Paul had weathered plenty of hardship and disappointment, he offered the rest of us a bit of advice. He stated in Colossians 3:15, "Let the peace of God rule in your hearts." No matter what happens, let God's peace be your response.

Sometime today, tomorrow, this week, life will give you more than a paper cut. Will you let the spiritual fruit of peace grow in you during those times? Or is there something that's cutting into your life right now? Peace can prevail.

You may be tempted to panic, to fear, to expect the worst. Rather than panic under pressure, you can pause in God's presence and let peace rule.

May you bear abundant fruit of peace today.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at




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