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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: From Death to Life

By Scott Harrup
Dec. 19, 2010

Every day that I proclaim myself to be a follower of Jesus Christ, I come to grips again with Christmas — the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, as a human baby. Through the Incarnation, God completely immersed himself in humanity. He intimately relates to all that it means to be human. The one difference: Jesus lived His entire life without succumbing to sin. Thus, He could carry out the mission of His birth and life on earth — dying for my sin and yours.

Modern culture not only buries the message of Christmas beneath a worldwide shopping spree each “holiday season,” but throughout the year it vehemently rejects Jesus Christ as God’s means of salvation. This is not surprising. It is human nature to whitewash sin and deny our need for redemption.

“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God” (Romans 8:5-8, NIV).

I’m grateful that God’s transforming presence in my life — made possible through the gift of His Son — has allowed me to “change my mind.” I’m no longer on a death march through this life headed for an eternity of separation from God. My mind and spirit and all of my life have been renewed by God’s Spirit because of Jesus.

The articles in this issue of the Evangel offer poignant reminders of Jesus’ entrance into our world and His unique role in connecting us with His Father. Perhaps you are celebrating another Christmas with gratitude for the change Jesus has made in your life. If you know someone who still looks at Christmas from the outside, you might consider passing this magazine along.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor


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