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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. ...

Not Top Secret

By Christina Quick
May 16, 2010

Can you keep a secret? If not, you probably wouldn’t make a very good spy. Secrecy is the first job requirement. When spies gather information, they have to be very sneaky. Being discovered could be dangerous. Over the years, spies have used all kinds of tricks to fool their enemies.

In the 1800s, a British man named Robert Baden-Powell spied on military forts in Europe. Robert convinced people he was a scientist who studied butterflies. Soldiers paid little attention to him as he ran around their forts with a butterfly net, capturing insects. They didn’t know he was also capturing secret information. Robert drew many sketches of butterflies. Hidden inside the sketches were detailed maps of the forts he visited. His maps showed where weapons and military supplies were located. But Robert was so good at keeping secrets his maps could only be seen by people who knew how to look for them.

Spying is a sneaky business. But there are some things that shouldn’t be kept secret. Before Jesus returned to heaven, He told His disciples to share His message of salvation with all people. But first He wanted them to wait in Jerusalem for a special gift. That gift was the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The disciples obeyed Jesus, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. This special gift gave them courage to share His message with the world.

God doesn’t want you to keep Jesus a secret. He wants you to tell others about Him. The baptism in the Holy Spirit can help you share God’s truth with those who need to hear.

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NIV).

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