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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. ...


Apr. 14, 2013

Comic book superheroes are nearly invincible. That means they don’t die easily. They’re super-strong and tough as nails. Of course, all that stuff is make-believe. Nothing in creation is really invincible. Every living thing eventually dies.

Some creatures try to look tougher than they really are. The frilled lizard of Australia makes a tasty meal for eagles, snakes and dingoes. But those hunters may be in for a shocking experience.

When the frilled lizard is cornered, it pulls out its best defense: a giant flap of skin that expands suddenly. This makes the lizard look big and scary. The frilled lizard also opens its mouth wide, revealing the bright pink or yellow color inside. The look is freaky enough to send some predators hurrying away.

The spreading adder is a small snake with no fangs. But when it feels threatened, it spreads its neck to imitate a cobra. If trying to appear “invincible” doesn’t work, the spreading adder switches to another tactic. The snake acts as if it is already dead. It flips over on its back, opens its mouth and drags its tongue through the dirt. It even rolls around in nasty chemicals to make itself smell and taste dead.

After lying still for a while, the adder may lift its head and peek. If the threat is still there, the sneaky little snake goes right back to playing dead.

The Bible tells about a woman named Tabitha who was a local hero. Tabitha loved God and did her best to help others. She made beautiful clothing and cared for people in need. Of course, Tabitha was no superhero. And she certainly wasn’t invincible.

In fact, the Bible says Tabitha became sick and died. She wasn’t just playing dead. Tabitha really was dead. Her friends told Peter the sad news. Peter had seen Jesus raise people from the dead. Peter prayed, and Tabitha came back to life!

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25, NIV).

God is stronger than death. People who live for Him have the promise of eternal life. All Christians who have died will one day be raised from the dead. Jesus wants you to know Him and live forever with Him. Ask Him to come into your heart and be your best Friend.

By Christina Quick


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