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Wall Posts: What My Facebook Friends Do Not Know

THEME: WORLDLINESS Written by Kezia Lewis A while ago, I was online chatting with an old college friend who suddenly sent me a message saying that I have “a beautiful life.” (Note: This was written in my dialect, so the English translation may not do the expression full justice.) My first response was that of […]

Step Up!

When a woodchuck started eating our garage (well, just the trim), I bought a live trap with plans to transplant the little guy to a park. I baited it with …

Not About the Losses

Not About the LossesFor many athletes, or competitors of any kind, nothing is worse than losing. In fact, this can be the driving force in many athletes’ pursuits. As former professional tennis player Jimmy Connors said, “I hate to lose more than I love to win.” When it comes to losing, no one ever did it better than…

Disconnected, Part II

Disconnected, Part IIToday’s generation of teens still want to know that adults believe in them, so they can believe in themselves. In this thought-provoking and engaging presentation three prominent youth leaders and a psychiatrist offer insights to help you build strong, …

Finding rescue and restoration–Gary’s Story

Finding rescue and restoration–Gary’s StoryYou don’t start out in life planning to live on the streets. After a painful childhood and three failed marriages, Gary found himself with no home to go to. Find hope for whatever you may be facing as you learn how God turned Gary’s life around.

Let’s discover the purpose behind trials of faith, and conclude our series in James chapter 1

Let’s discover the purpose behind trials of faith, and conclude our series in James chapter 1God doesn’t allow us to go through trials and temptations just to see us squirm. There’s a reason and goal behind every challenge we face. It’s an inspiring message to help us hang on and stay the course.

get even?

get even?During a convocation speech at a major Christian university in 2012, business magnate and TV celebrity Donald Trump told 10,000 students that the way to succeed in business is to “get even,” igniting an outcry from critics who said that Trump’s philosophy was inconsistent with Christian values.

The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested Faith

The Unsurpassed Intimacy of Tested FaithEvery time you venture out in your life of faith, you will find something in your circumstances that, from a commonsense standpoint, will flatly contradict your faith. But common sense …

The Mountainous Task I Faced

The Mountainous Task I Faced“I could’ve died.” That was the only thought that flashed through my mind as I sat at the back of a small police van with 11 of my friends. … Just two hours ago, my friends and I embarked on a climb of Cape Town’s Lion’s Head Mountain. I’ve […]

Terms Of Service

Terms Of ServiceIf you’re like me, you seldom read the full text of contracts for online services before you agree to them. They go on for pages, and most of the legal jargon makes no sense to ordinary people like me.

Storytime

StorytimeThe Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. —Joshua 2:11

Did you ever wonder why Rahab, the prostitute who lived in the pagan city of Jericho, opened her home to the Israelite spies? And what …

How we’ll never know faith works, until it’s put to the test!

How we’ll never know faith works, until it’s put to the test!That summertime hammock may look sturdy and well constructed. But it’s not until we commit to laying down that we find out if it can hold us up! Another helpful study in James, chapter 1.

flood of justice

flood of justiceGod judges sin because he loathes what it does to us and to others. There is no other motive in God, nothing deeper than His love for us. He wants us to loathe sin, too—and be its executioner. If we won’t, he will!” —David Roper (Elijah: A Man Like Us)

The Purpose of Prayer

The Purpose of PrayerPrayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question …

Life is not just Dungeons and Dragons

Life is not just Dungeons and DragonsThere is a game I play called Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). It is one of the oldest role-playing games, and according to Wikipedia, “the best-known and best-selling role-playing game” as of 2006. It was created to be played using defined rules, pen, paper, dices and of course, one’s imagination. While some […]