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    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. ...

Vantage Point: Good-Bye to a Friend

By Ken Horn
Aug. 22, 2010

Former general treasurer of the Assemblies of God James K. Bridges died May 31, 2010, after a brief battle with acute leukemia. He was 75.

There are some people you don’t want to say good-bye to. For me (and many others), James K. Bridges was certainly one of those. I had only known him personally since I came to the national offices in Springfield in 1997. But from then until he retired and moved back to Texas in 2008, I had frequent opportunities to connect with him.

Many were the times we chatted — sometimes briefly and sometimes at length — about theology, Pentecostal history or other topics. Our shared interests made me feel we had a real kindred spirit. But then everyone who knew him probably felt that way. Everyone he met was his friend.

James K. Bridges also had a way of lifting the spirits of just about everyone around him. You never knew when he would slip in a clever pun that would evoke laughter and lighten the atmosphere.

He enjoyed the quartet I sang in for a few years; still, he couldn’t resist a bit of fun at our expense. We called the group HQ4 (short for Headquarters Quartet). Once when we sang, he introduced us as “my favorite quartet … H2O.”

After he retired I no longer heard his familiar “Hey, buddy” as often, but I relished the occasional opportunities.

Since coming to Springfield my life and ministry have been enriched by many wonderful servants of God. None more than James K. Bridges. He combined wisdom, strength and gentleness in a way I have seldom seen. I am thankful God provided me the opportunity to call him friend.

Ken Horn

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