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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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May 19, 2014 - Take Captive Every Thought

By Scott McChrystal

"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV).

Controlling our thought life is not for the weak or faint-hearted. It takes intentionality and determination.

True, we can't prevent every negative or evil thought from entering our minds. In our culture today we are constantly bombarded by ungodly, unwholesome words and images.

But the apostle Paul says we are not helpless. We have to take the offensive. As arguments and pretensions that oppose God enter our minds, we are told to demolish these arguments.

How? We are to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.

Will this work? Absolutely! But it takes effort on a consistent basis. It also requires that we be alert to identify false and evil thoughts and rid them from our minds. A half-hearted effort will not work. Like a good surgeon going after cancer, we must remove all of it.

An important point: we cannot do this in our own strength. It's a spiritual battle. In the power of the Spirit we can take every thought captive to Christ.

— 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, Vol. 2.




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