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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. ...




A Day at a Time: The Big Plan

By Scott Harrup
April 18, 2010

During high school and college I often pondered how and when God might guide my life. Divine direction always seemed to be waiting ahead of me. I studied the Bible, listened carefully to sermons and Sunday School lessons, and prayed about daily decisions. But I kept wondering when I would fulfill God’s “big plan” for me.

Only gradually did I come to realize that the plans God envisions for me or for anyone else are completely integrated with every moment of life. God said to the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV). I believe God says something similar to each of us. He knows us from the womb and begins guiding us even then.

Today is National Youth Day in the Assemblies of God. God is shaping the destinies of another generation of His followers — moment by moment — so they can be His representatives to a lost world. These young men and women, like Jeremiah, will take God’s Word to the nations. They will do so through traditional ministries as well as through countless “secular” careers. And many are discovering exciting avenues of outreach today while they prepare for the future.

This issue of the Evangel offers inspiring snapshots from among the thousands of youth who are serving their communities and our AG churches. You’ll meet high school student Katie Long who believes “campus missions is not just being a missionary during weekly meetings, but everyday in front of everyone.” You’ll read about Jacob Chaffin who somehow finds the time to commute an hour and a half between his full academic schedule at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and his ministry as youth pastor at First Assembly in Van, Texas.

On Course, the print and Web publication of National Youth Ministries, partnered with us to tell these stories. You can find more by visiting oncourse.ag.org.

Scott Harrup

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