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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. ...


Oct. 27, 2013

Earthquakes are awesome forces of nature. The biggest earthquake ever recorded happened off the coast of Chile in 1960. It triggered giant ocean waves called tsunamis. It even made a volcano erupt for several weeks. But as mighty as an earthquake is, the gospel is far more powerful.

Paul and his friend Silas preached in Philippi. Some people did not like the good things Paul and Silas were doing. They had Paul and Silas thrown into prison. But that didn’t stop the missionaries from honoring Jesus. Paul and Silas worshipped God right where they were.

At midnight, as Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises to Jesus, all at once there was an earthquake. The prison shook, the doors flew open, and the chains holding the prisoners broke.

The jailer knew he would be in trouble if the prisoners escaped. But Paul called out and told him they hadn’t gone anywhere. The jailer was amazed that no one had tried to run away. He asked Paul and Silas how he could become a follower of Jesus.

“They replied, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved — you and your household’” (Acts 16:31, NIV).

After the missionaries shared the gospel with the jailer, he asked Jesus into his heart. He took Paul and Silas home to eat dinner and meet his family. When the jailer’s family members heard about Jesus, they became Christians too. The Bible says the jailer was “filled with joy because he had come to believe in God — he and his whole household” (Acts 16:34).

It wasn’t the strength of the earthquake that changed the jailer’s life. It was God’s power — displayed through Paul and Silas.

God wants people to see His power at work in you. Believe in God’s promises, and praise Him even when times are tough. By living and sharing the gospel, you can shake the world for Jesus.

— By Christina Quick

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