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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. ...




Vantage Point: Facing Loss

By Ken Horn
Feb. 12, 2012

Several months ago, I ministered at a church in Joplin, Mo., where a huge F5 tornado last May killed 161 people and destroyed a major part of the community. It was more than four months following the storm’s attack, and the devastation was still very evident. It was one of the most deadly storms in U.S. history.

At the close of the first service, I prayed with a man who had been sitting on the front row, totally engaged in the service. He had a smile on his face and a testimony of God’s goodness on his lips. I was surprised when he told me he had lost both his home and his business. He had nothing left. Then he said, with a glimmer in his eye, “That’s why it’s so important to ‘lay up treasures in heaven.’”

Since that day, Matthew 6:19,20 has meant more to me. It reads: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (NKJV).

After that, I wondered, How can I ever complain again?

This man faced the worst material loss anyone can face and came out on top, praising the Lord.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” the passage continues (v. 21). Someone who counts his wealth in spiritual terms can never be robbed.

John 10:28,29 says of those who have received eternal life that no one is able to snatch them out of God’s hand. Their spiritual riches are secure from being taken by outside force.

What do you treasure most in your heart? Everyone experiences times of loss, and when these occur, what we treasure is made abundantly clear to us. This man’s testimony has made me think long and hard about my own attachments. Do I value eternal things more than all others?

It’s a good question for us all to answer.

Ken Horn
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