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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 Creator's Love

By Scott Harrup
Jan. 19, 2014

Today the Assemblies of God observes Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. Each year on this Sunday, the Pentecostal Evangel draws attention to the continued tragedy of abortion on demand in the United States. Since 1973, an estimated 56 million babies have been aborted in this nation.

As great as this tragedy is, those who recognize the sanctity of human life at every life stage must do more than oppose abortion. Cindi Boston directs a pregnancy care center offering a spectrum of compassionate interventions for expecting mothers. She shares her insights with News Editor John W. Kennedy in this issue’s Connections interview.

This week’s cover feature follows Martin Oliva Torres’ miraculous journey from an impoverished childhood in war-torn Guatemala to a vibrant ministry in a Texas Assemblies of God church. Torres endured years of rejection and abusive treatment because people judged the value of his life by his appearance.

Torres’ experience should remind all Christians of their responsibility to mirror God’s unconditional love, a divine love that distinguishes the sanctity of human life from the value of life. The right-to-life movement correctly emphasizes the value of every life, even the life of the unborn; but the term sanctity points to the inherent worth invested in each human life by the Creator. The Bible repeatedly gives attention to God’s love for us and His personal involvement in our lives.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13, NIV).

“The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness’” (Jeremiah 31:3).

God’s greatest demonstration of His love for us is through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, KJV).

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

 

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