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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. ...

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September 30, 2013 - Recovery in Christ

By Gary Rogers

Over the years I have had three spinal fusions and a total of five back surgeries. I know what it is to suffer the loss of abilities. Prior to the fusion of L-5 and S-1, the doctor explained to me the necessity for the surgery.

"If we don't do this surgery, you have a high likelihood of being permanently paralyzed."

I was quickly losing the use of my left leg. The nerve down the back of my leg was pinched, and the pain was severe.

Prior to my injuries, I was always very active. I was a personal trainer. I had been a fireman for a number of years. I loved outside-anything. Swimming, water skiing, and snow skiing were all regular activities.

When I left the hospital after surgery, it was difficult just walking to the car. It was so humbling to be forced to let my wife help me get dressed. I couldn't even put on my socks. The first time I went for a walk to begin my physical therapy, I made one lap around the gym and had to be assisted to the car.

Now I work out in a fitness center twice a week. I'm swimming and skiing again. I'm pain free! I have experienced a recovery!

Life includes so many avenues for suffering loss and experiencing tragedy. But in God, there is recovery. Jesus gives life. Jesus wants you to have more than just existence. He wants you to have life and have it full and overflowing. There is life after divorce. There is life after the death of a loved one. There is life after the loss of a job. There is life after a serious injury.

God wants you to recover and enjoy life again. Consider these promises of recovery offered in a relationship with Jesus Christ:

"In Him was life, and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4, NKJV).

"I am the bread of life" (John 6:48).

"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63).

"Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live'" (John 11:25).

"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'" (John 14:6).

"I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

Quality of life is found in Jesus Christ! He is the source of recovery after any loss or tragedy.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.