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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 5, 2011 - Don’t Underestimate the Power of God

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Of the 12 spies who went into the Promised Land, 10 brought back a godless report. They exaggerated the size and power of the inhabitant tribes. Only two men returned to camp with a good report — Joshua and Caleb. They said, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us” (Numbers 14:7,8, NIV).

The Israelites looked at numbers when considering whether or not to trust God and enter the Promised Land — 10 against, two for. They chose to shake in their boots with the fearful 10. That choice led to much whining and complaining. Some even made plans to return to lives of slavery in Egypt.

The Israelites did what we often do. They overestimated the power of evil and underestimated the power of God. They accepted bad news as fact. Often information from “experts” turns out to be tainted by preconceived ideas, faulty input or personal agendas.

Many of the challenges we face today appear impenetrable. They make scary noises, spread false rumors, and appear poised to ensure our destruction. If we believe the stories of doom, we will fall into the same trap the Israelites fell into — the trap of doubting and disrespecting God.

We must always be careful not to overestimate the power of evil and thereby underestimate God’s power to destroy evil. If we view the world as a great enemy, able to take us down at any moment, we will end up living a faithless fearful life.

Forty years later, the quivering voices of the fearful Israelites were dead, but Joshua and Caleb, men of faith and courage, were still living fearless lives. They took charge and led the Israelites to victory.

Will you side with the fearful 10 or the faithful two?

— Rose McCormick Brandon and her husband, Doug, live in Caledonia, Ontario, Canada.



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