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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 7, 2011 - Valleys

By Scott Harrup

Thanks to the generosity of many donors to our Key Bearers ministry, about 11,000 copies of the Pentecostal Evangel (this devotional’s sponsor) mail out to more than 500 correctional institutions every week. Our office hears from many inmates who have put their faith in Christ as their Savior. We receive letters as well from inmates who are struggling with discouragement.

I answered one such letter the other day. “I am in a valley right now,” the young man wrote, “and I can’t seem to pull myself out.” He explained that he had accepted Christ last October, but his faith was dying in the midst of the pain he was experiencing. I pointed him to one of the most beloved passages in Scripture: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4, NIV).

That man’s despair echoes humanity’s common predicament. None of us can pull ourselves out of life’s valleys, but Psalm 23 gives the wonderful promise that even the darkest of valleys finds God at our side.

Perhaps you are in a valley today. Do you face a medical crisis, a financial shortfall, a relationship on the verge of collapse? Your pain may be the result of circumstances beyond your control, or your own mistakes may have landed you where you are.

From God’s point of view, all of us have made mistakes, all of us are in valleys of one form or another, and the critical question is whether we will admit our desperate need for His help.

We open the floodgates of His grace when we do.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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