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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 16, 2011 - Are We Listening?

By Beatrice Northcutt

“O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord” (Jeremiah 22:29, KJV).

The other day when I read this short verse, something tugged at my heart. Here was a prophet who kept proclaiming “Thus saith the Lord!” to the Jewish people, but they didn’t want to hear. They were caught up with the customs and religious rites of their day, and Jeremiah’s words disturbed them, for they would have to change their lives. They heard him speak, but they didn’t listen.

This is explained in James 1:23,24 in the New Testament hundreds of years later. “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.”

The Jews knew how God delivered them from Egypt, how He parted the Red Sea and sent them food and water for their journey, but that was in the past, and they went their way and forgot.

Does that sound familiar? It is almost as though Jeremiah were here with us today saying, “Oh America, America, America, hear the Word of the Lord.” Early Americans knew God’s Word, and much of our early history was built on biblical principles. In some respects, our nation started on a journey with God. But today a majority of Americans have forgotten who they are because they are not looking into the mirror of God’s Word. Whenever we look to prosperity, technology and seeking pleasures the world has to offer, we forget who we are in Him!

God does not want us to be like the world any more than He wanted the Israelites to take on the likeness of the people around them. Paul said in Titus 2:14 “[Jesus] gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

We live in an age where people don’t want to be a “peculiar” people; it’s easier to blend in with the crowd. But God is calling His people in this hour to stand up and be different. As Christians, we can’t go our way and forget what was reflected in the mirror of God’s Word. Proverbs 14:34 tells us, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Will we dare to be a peculiar people and listen to God’s Word?

“Oh America, America, America, hear the Word of the Lord!”

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.

 

 

 

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