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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: Becoming a Man of God

By Ken Horn
Aug. 19, 2012

To become a man of God, one needs the influence of godly men. I have been privileged to have such influence in abundance.

My dad was a good man, but not a man of God, when I was very young. That changed when he committed his life to the Lord. Though he wasn’t big on long, heart-to-heart talks, no one impacted me more by showing me how to live a good and godly life.

One of my youth leaders at Full Gospel Temple (Assemblies of God, now Hilltop Community Church) in Richmond, Calif., poured into my life significantly when I was a teen. Allen Antons had far more to do with whom I have become than he may realize today.

Ray Horwege, the first pastor I served under, had an inestimable impact on my life. He mentored me in a day before we were even talking about mentors. We had no formal mentor-mentee agreement, yet our relationship went far beyond that of a pastor and youth minister. Pastor Horwege taught me how to live a godly life in the ministry.

Then there were those who touched my life relatively briefly, yet left their mark upon me. One of them was Pastor Ed Cole. Ed Cole was my wife’s pastor when we first met. He graciously met with me on a number of occasions and helped me navigate some of my early years in ministry. I was young and fresh out of Bible college, and Pastor Cole added his voice to others who mentored me and helped me grow through those years.

He challenged me to be a man of prayer.

No challenge has been more important to my walk as a Christian and minister.

Dr. Cole went on to have a ministry to men with international impact. His influence has outlived him. Ten years after his death, the article on page 10 pays tribute to his trailblazing in men’s ministry and looks at its continuing impact.

Ken Horn

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