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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: Power of One

By Scott Harrup
Oct. 19, 2014

When I look closely at a news photo, I often wonder about the life stories of the unnamed people pictured in the background. Perhaps a politician, entertainer, athlete or other social icon has grabbed the photographer’s attention, is the clear central subject in the picture, and is prominently identified. But what about all those other people?

What was going on in their lives that day? I wonder. What behind-the-scenes role might they have played in the events pictured?

In reality, most of us are just like those “other people.” We live out our years in our homes, on our jobs, moving through our communities with quiet consistency. No one is calling us up to schedule an interview or feature us in a photo shoot.

For just over a century, the Pentecostal Evangel has prioritized stories about the “other people.” Yes, some large-scale events and high-profile ministries necessarily merit attention. However, the great majority of the magazine’s pages through the years have acquainted readers with everyday men and women and children quietly living out their commitment to Christ within their personal spheres of influence. Humbly serving the Savior with little or no fanfare.

In this issue, you’ll meet single mom Liz Bailey and retired teacher Loraine Crookshanks. Following the death of husband Pat, Bailey is raising her large family with an intentional focus on God’s faithfulness and provision. Crookshanks responded to God’s call to missions ministry by teaching a generation of children about missions.

You’ll connect with college counselor Leah Wilson and learn how her youthful struggle of faith has equipped her to come alongside students in similar predicaments. You’ll read of countless Assemblies of God young people who, by cooperatively giving meager personal finances, have collectively contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Speed the Light.

Only eternity will reveal the true impact of everyday faithfulness among the countless “cellular level” members within the body of Christ. That impact will be enormous thanks to the power of one represented in each redeemed life.

But “one” needs to be qualified and capitalized. The power of the One who died and rose again makes such redemption possible. He is the One who inhabits and equips and leads each member of the Body. And He will receive eternity’s praise.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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