A Letter to My Younger Self: Three Crucial Needs in Your Life

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by Bob Robinson “Keep on with the talents that the Lord has given you. You weren’t put on earth to be a loner. If you are a loner, you have real problems ahead of you.” This is part of the advice that Richard Eckart, 80, would give if he could write a letter to his younger [Read More...]

On Earth As It Is in Heaven: Stewards of Creativity

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by Christal M. N. Jenkins One of the greatest stories ever told began with these words: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). The first time I heard those words, I imagined myself surrounded by darkness in the midst of a huge void, and for a moment, time and space stood [Read More...]

Climate Change Is Fact Not Faith: God’s Creation Is Running a Fever

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by Christine A. Scheller Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. In 2014, she was recognized by Time magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers. [Read More...]

The Loneliness of Transition

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It’s been about six or seven months now since we said to each other, “Hey, let’s keep in touch!” I’m probably equally as much to blame, but I often wonder what happened to the phone. Is it broken? Did they take a vow of phone-silence? I barely even see them on Facebook anymore. Did they [Read More...]

God Wants to Use You

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by Ann Voskamp Nick Vujicic tells his story. The morning of December 4, 1982, moments after his birth, they laid him in his mother’s arms. She held a blunt torso. Her firstborn had no arms. No legs. No limbs. Just this one twisted flap of flesh, a foot flipper. She swaddled him close and prayed [Read More...]

Outrageous Hospitality: Love on a Plane

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by Brett Foster It began as a normal plane ride. We’d been airborne twenty minutes, and my thoughts were already shifting to domestic tasks, things happily forgotten for three days during a busy academic conference: an electrical problem with an upstairs hall light, a daughter’s dental appointment. Our flight departed Boston at day’s end, so the [Read More...]

Why Do We Worship?

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by Mark D. Roberts Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise! For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is the great King of all the earth. Psalms 47:1-2 Every now and then, I need to be reminded of why I worship. Perhaps you do too. On most Sundays, I gather with God’s people [Read More...]

Jesus Didn’t Teach Us to Juggle

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Remember the parable about the bad servant who spent too many hours at the office and the good servant who had a flexible work-from-home telecommuting arrangement so he could spend more time with his kids? No? Jesus didn’t tell any parables like that. You would think the Bible has a lot to say about work/life [Read More...]

I Do: Struggle

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by Glynn Young I’m not a child of divorce, but I have a half-brother and half-sister who are. Both of my parents had been previously married—my mother once and my father twice. The odds were not good for a successful marriage. My parents came close to separating several times but somehow hung in there. What [Read More...]

The God Who Sees

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by Mary DeMuth Hagar is my unlikely daily-life heroine. Why? Because she encounters God in the midst of a terrible day. Probably the worst day of her life. A little background: God promises Abram an heir; but as years tick by, no heir appears. Abram’s wife Sarai takes matters into her own hands by offering [Read More...]


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