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Has God abandoned His people?

Written by Sean Tong What is the current state of the church? Across the world, Christians face persecution. This has been no less evident recently in Iraq where Islamic militants have been giving Christians there a horrific ultimatum: Convert and pay a tax or die. Not only that, they have also purportedly committed further atrocities, […]

Keeping Darkness At Bay

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes…

There’s wholeness on the other side of brokenness–Pamela’s Story

There’s wholeness on the other side of brokenness–Pamela’s StoryIn the midst of your struggles have you ever wondered if God truly cares about what you’re going through? When Pamela’s marriage began to crumble and it seemed as if …

Not About the Wins

Not About the WinsWhen a football fan hears the name “Dan Marino,” a number of things immediately come to mind. I first encountered that name as a fan of West Virginia University football when Marino played quarterback for the dreaded Pitt Panthers. When Marino entered the NFL, however, he became the centerpiece of a Miami Dolphins offense that…

Disconnected, Part I

Disconnected, Part IToday’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, authentic relationships, based on affirmation, encouragement, compassion, and guidance. A must-see …

Why God sometimes forces His kids to be still

Why God sometimes forces His kids to be stillParents know that young kids won’t volunteer to take naps. Even if a child is exhausted, he’ll resist slowing down. Often, mom and dad may have to make a child lay down! God knows when we need the rest!

the long wait

the long waitForty years ago, as the violence in Vietnam rained down on his village, an explosion killed Ho Van Thanh’s wife and two of his children. In fear and desperation, Thanh …

“I Indeed . . . But He”

"I Indeed . . . But He"Have I ever come to the point in my life where I can say, “I indeed . . . but He . . .”? Until that moment comes, I will …

Are You Up for the #Icebucketchallenge?

Are You Up for the #Icebucketchallenge?Everyone seems to be drenching themselves with buckets of icy cold water these days. The Internet is awash (pun intended) with such videos—just search #icebucketchallenge. If you have not yet caught on the action, this viral Internet sensation is known as the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge”. Individuals including actors, singers, sports […]

Live In Love

Live In LoveIn the African country where my friend Roxanne lives, water is a precious commodity. People often have to travel long distances to collect water from small, contaminated creeks—leading to sickness and death. It’s difficult for organizations like orphanages and churches to serve the people because of a lack of water. But that’s beginning to change.

Wandering From Wisdom

Wandering From WisdomGive to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. —1 Kings 3:9

If God offered you anything you wanted, what would you ask for?

When Solomon was given that choice, he asked for the wisdom to discern good…

Discover your place of refuge

Discover your place of refugeEver wished you had a secret place you could run to, in order to escape the chaos of life? Or to simply catch your breath? Well, discover that such a place exists, and is waiting for you!

don’t judge?

don’t judge?Do not judge others” may be the most popular verse in the world. It’s the one phrase from the Bible that everyone seems to know—and often misapply. A former politician …

The Ministry of the Unnoticed

The Ministry of the UnnoticedThe New Testament notices things that do not seem worthy of notice by our standards. “Blessed are the poor in spirit . . . .” This literally means, “Blessed are …

No One Said It Would Be Easy

No One Said It Would Be EasyThe Bible is clear about the steps of obedience we need to take to love our enemies. “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” —Matthew 5:44-45 (ESV) “But I say to […]