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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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August 29, 2011 - Invitation

By Greg Ebie

Jesus told the story about a host who had invited guests to come to a great banquet. In the Jewish culture there would be two announcements — one given in advance to prepare for the event and a second given to announce that the time had come for the celebration to begin.

All those who received the first invitation in Jesus’ story would have sent back their RSVP saying how much they were looking forward to the party. But when the second announcement came, one by one they began to make excuses and send back their regrets. “Sorry — something came up and I won’t be there after all.” The host was furious.

“The master said, ‘Then go to the country roads. Whoever you find, drag them in. I want my house full! Let me tell you, not one of those originally invited is going to get so much as a bite at my dinner party’” (Luke 14:23,24, The Message).

God had sent the announcement of a great celebration in His kingdom; the prophets had foretold the coming of the Messiah. The Jews had all accepted God’s initial invitation; many of the religious leaders were devout followers of God anticipating the arrival of the promised Messiah. Yet, when God sent His Son, many of these same religious folks began to make excuses. Jesus was not what they were expecting, so they gave God their regrets.

How often are we like these good religious folks? Our first response to God is an enthusiastic “YES!” But when the unexpected happens, we begin to make excuses and drift away from our commitment to Christ.

May we rediscover our “first love” for Christ (Revelation 2:4) and passionately live out our faith in service to the Savior as messengers of hope to a lost world.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.

 

 

 

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