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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. ...




A Day at a Time: Harsh Realities

By Scott Harrup
Feb. 28, 2010

It’s one of the most disturbing books I’ve read. I think you’ll respond in a similar manner if you read Beyond the Soiled Curtain. Authors David and Beth Grant, founders of Project Rescue, give a chilling look at the worldwide sex trafficking of women and children. Their perspective is unflinching and personal; they’ve spent years combating this scourge on humanity with like-minded ministry partners.

The Grants’ message stands apart from the disheartening statistics you might read in the news. The harsh reality they present is just as shocking, but their analysis and their vision for the future are shaped by God’s grace. David and Beth understand that victims, and even victimizers, can be transformed by the power of the gospel.

That “grace filter” helps make sense out of any painful subject. This issue of the Evangel considers several such topics — the destruction of families through divorce, the challenges of life as a single parent, and the widening and debilitating influence of pornography on addicted women — each from the perspective of grace.

If you only look at the problems, you will become discouraged. When you remind yourself that God is committed to restoring lost souls, you take hold of hope. And when you partner with God in His mission of restoration, your own life takes on greater vitality.

The next time you read or hear in the news a headline devoted to a harsh reality, ask yourself what God might be leading you to do to combat society’s ills in your community. You’ll find committed partners in organizations like Project Rescue and among the thousands of local women’s groups in Assemblies of God churches.

The 2010 annual theme for the national Women’s Department — Thirsty? — echoes the biblical cry “I thirst for God, the living God” (Psalm 42:2, NLT). Thirst for what God can accomplish through you.

Human trafficking, broken families, pornography and similar tragedies are making a global impact and may seem unassailable from your point of view. Don’t limit your view. Expand your vision. Expand your faith.

Scott Harrup

 

 

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