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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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December 20, 2013 - A Christmas Eve Conversion

By Charles Shepley

It will not be very long now until we shall, if Jesus tarries, be celebrating the day of our Savior's birth. To me it is a glorious celebration not only because of Christ's birth, but because 19 years ago on a Christmas Eve, Jesus came into my heart, cleansing me from all sin and making me a new creature.

On that Christmas Eve, some Pentecostal people of Philadelphia decided to go out singing Christmas carols. They had hired a truck for the occasion, and later found that the brakes were not in good shape. The brother who was to drive hesitated, but one young sister said she had faith that the Lord would see them through safely.

So they started out from Philadelphia and headed for suburban towns in Delaware County, driving up and down over the snow-clad hills, braving the elements, and singing out the glorious tidings of Jesus' birth.

My older brother was in the caroling party, but I was wandering about alone on that cold night in a drunken condition. I heard music and singing, and I made my way toward the sound. The carolers had stopped near my winter wandering.

My brother recognized me, and they wanted to take me with them. The interest they took in me and the love they showed me made my heart break, and then and there Jesus did something for me. It was love which moved the mighty God, and it was love that found me. I was the sheep who had gone astray, wandering out over the cold hills, but the Great Shepherd sought me and drew me into His fold through the band of Christmas carolers.

I desire to encourage any who have it in mind to go out caroling. Maybe you don't think it pays, but I know it has been the means of my salvation, and perhaps of many others.

— Adapted from "A Christmas Eve Conversion" by Charles Shepley, originally published in the Dec. 16, 1933, Pentecostal Evangel.




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