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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 26, 2013 - Four Seasons

By Greg Ebie

The coal burner has long been lit. Our friends keep the fire going to heat their home. It provides warmth on the coldest of days, and if it gets too hot they just open the windows. I, on the other hand, resist for as long as possible the pleas of family members to simply turn on our furnace. I'll put on a sweater or wear a jacket, but to turn on the furnace is the final surrender to the inevitable change of seasons.

"You laid out the four corners of earth, shaped the seasons of summer and winter" (Psalm 74:17, The Message).

Nothing happens by accident. God established the seasons; it is by His design that the year is divided into winter, spring, summer and fall.

Now, as the snow falls and the cold winds cut like a knife, I'm reminded that God keeps His covenant with the day and night. And, yes, I give in and turn on the furnace. I have a covenant with my family to keep them warm. As surely as God has fixed the seasons and the length of each day, so too has God established the covenant He has made with you through Jesus Christ.

Just as the bitter cold of the winter season is by no means comfortable, the hardships of life chill our souls. Unexpected tragedy can hit us as suddenly as a fall on the ice.

I can think of many who are going through such a winter season of the soul. Let me encourage you to find comfort in the knowledge that God controls the seasons. Beyond our sure hope of a brighter tomorrow, we have the assurance that Jesus is with us even in the midst of the coldest of days. He has made a covenant with you, sealed with His blood, to never leave you nor forsake you.

God will strengthen even the feeblest of heart whose hope is in Him. His Spirit within you will sustain you through the darkest night.

How cheerful the glow of a fire on a winter day. And for our souls, God is our source of warmth and comfort in times of trouble. Come to Jesus and let Him renew your peace; find joy in the Lord. Wrap yourself securely in His promises.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Life Church (Assemblies of God) in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

 

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