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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 31, 2014 - Hurting or Healing?

By Scott McChrystal

"Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" (Proverbs 12:18, NIV).

Have you ever watched a news report that showed people in the streets of a city carelessly firing loaded weapons into the air? Did you wonder where those bullets might land?

Sadly, people occasionally die from one of those bullets. Pretty unnecessary, don't you think?

Married couples often fire reckless verbal bullets that wound each other. It's a lose/lose situation, to be sure. Most of us can identify because we've fired reckless words at our own mate. We've been on the receiving end as well. No body armor can prevent the hurt from those bullets.

According to Proverbs 12:18, reckless words pierce like a sword, but words spoken with wisdom bring healing.

We have a choice. As married people, each of us has great opportunity, but also great responsibility. Chances are that no other person on the planet can bring hurt or healing to our spouse like we can.

So what will it be? You and your spouse have made a binding contract to love each other as long as you both shall live. May your words bring healing and comfort to one another.

And, while you're at it, if you're married or single, give thought to your words and their impact on everyone around you.

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




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