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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. ...

Vantage Point: Old and New

By Ken Horn
Dec. 29, 2013

This is the last issue of the Pentecostal Evangel’s centennial year. Our editorial team has enjoyed revisiting the history, as well as much of the content, from the magazine’s first 100 years.

Though we have featured reprints throughout 2013, we haven’t come close to scratching the surface of the riches from the Evangel’s past. I encourage you to access the bountiful content of recent years at our official website, A vast collection of other articles — dating back to the very first issue from 1913 — await you on the official Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center site,

Another centennial will begin in 2014. The Assemblies of God celebrates its 100-year anniversary in April. The Pentecostal Evangel will focus on this historic milestone throughout the year.

As we make this transition, and as another new year approaches, the time is right for both personal and organizational reflection and assessment.

As you approach 2014, can you look into your heart and honestly say you are further in your faith and closer to your Savior than you were a year ago?

I hope the answer for many readers is a joyful “Yes!” If so, you have discovered the reality of 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (NKJV).

Our Lord’s desire is that we encounter Him not just in a saving relationship, but also in an enduring, close relationship that causes us to keep growing spiritually just as someone grows throughout childhood.

But I also realize many of you have honestly, and perhaps sadly, answered, “No, I am not closer to Him than I was this time last year.” In fact, some of you may feel more distant from God.

This realization can cause some to despair. But don’t give in to discouragement! All is not lost. God specializes in fresh beginnings, and in covering the sins and errors of the past. A new year is a good time to let Him do just that.

Ken Horn

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