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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 27, 2012 - Do You Have a Burden for Souls?

By Hattie Hammond

I have been wondering what has become of that phrase, “A burden for souls.” One does not hear it so often these days. It seems to be old-fashioned indeed.

In days of old, men and women felt this burden roll upon them as they walked to and fro in the midst of poor lost souls. With them intercessory prayer was a reality. In every household of the church at times the supreme subject of prayer was the salvation of certain individuals. As a result of these seasons of prayer there came waves of spiritual power that brought scores, hundreds, thousands into the kingdom of God.

Men and women, comfortable in the assurance of their own salvation, have no concern for neighbors, friends and kindred. Campaigns take the place of revivals. Evangelistic meetings drift into experience meetings, in which the Christians recount with mild pleasure their own spiritual privileges, feed their own souls, get a blessing, and go home satisfied. The lethargy of Christians is to be lamented.

Beloved, God is still on the throne. His love for the sinner is still the same. He still answers prayer. Let our very existence be for the cause of Christ and for the rescuing of lost men and women. Let us always preach as though it were our last sermon. Let us labor as though it were our last day. Let us pray as though it were our last prayer.

It pays to pray. God will roll the burden for lost souls on our hearts if we will really pray, “Lord, teach me to pray.”

— Adapted from “Do You Have a Burden for Souls?” by Hattie Hammond, originally published in the March 18, 1950, Pentecostal Evangel.



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