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    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: Basics

By Scott Harrup
June 3, 2012

Name a profession, identify someone proficient in that role, then think of the basic disciplines required to give that person his or her level of skill. While greater accomplishments involve greater wisdom, each arena of life demands attention to fundamentals.

In sports, politics, medicine or cooking, you build on the basics. World-class athletes use principles of exercise and nutrition that anyone can apply. The same holds true for a national leader’s communication skills or a renowned physician’s knowledge of first aid. Julia Child wrote a masterpiece on French cuisine aimed at the average cook who wants to cook with excellence.

This week’s cover feature, “Discipline Matters,” outlines three basic guidelines for spiritual growth: Bible study, prayer and controlling the tongue. Author Glen Cole, who passed away Feb. 14, applied these basics to his ministry. Cole pastored Capital Christian Center (Assemblies of God) in Sacramento, Calif., a church of some 5,000. He was elected superintendent of the Assemblies of God Northern California-Nevada District, served as an executive presbyter for the Fellowship, and returned to the pastorate to lead Trinity Life Center in Sacramento.

My life trajectory has never included pastoral ministry at any level, though I grew up in a pastor’s home. But I can apply the same basic disciplines as Glen Cole, and those habits will benefit all that I do in service to God.

Brother Cole was also powerfully Pentecostal, readily acknowledging the Holy Spirit’s impact on his life and ministry and sharing his Pentecostal insights with countless multitudes. In the context of his article, it’s important to remember God’s Spirit inspired the Word of God, empowers our prayers, and uses our tongues in spiritual gifts.

I experienced the baptism in the Holy Spirit and first spoke in tongues when I was just shy of 13. During our family’s years of missionary service in Nairobi, Kenya, an annual summer retreat offered a wonderful time of spiritual renewal for missionaries serving across East Africa, and usually featured a visiting minister from the U.S. In 1977, that retreat became the embarking point for my life in Pentecost.

In 1977, that visiting minister was Glen Cole.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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