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How to Get to Safety

1/21/2019
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Peggy Smith stood observing their old mother hen and her brood of chickens that were scattered all over the yard. As she watched, she began to notice the shadow of a hawk circling overhead. The drama played out before her.

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When Suffering Doesn't Go Away

1/14/2019
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You may have read the story or seen the movie of Joni Eareckson Tada, a woman who because of a diving accident became a quadriplegic at the age of 17. As you can well imagine, when the accident happened she struggled. Since God is all-powerful, why hadn’t He prevented the accident? Or, why didn’t He heal her paralysis?

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5 Truths for Your Journey

1/7/2019
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I want to encourage you that in this life, the Journey into Grace is a long process, so don’t get discouraged if you trip and fall along the way. Here are a few things I’m still learning.

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Waters, Rivers, and Fires

12/31/2018
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Recently something happened in our family that brought me to tears. Oh, I know God is going to bring good out of the situation eventually, but it hurt just the same. I spent most of the night praying--not because I’m “spiritual” but for the very practical reason that I couldn’t sleep.

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Valleys

12/24/2018
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In life, we all like mountaintop experiences better than valleys. But the truth is that valleys are inevitable. Jesus didn’t want us to be surprised by these difficult times, so just before He died on the cross, He warned us, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). It’s not a matter of if; it’s a matter of when.

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Treasure in a Dark Place

12/17/2018
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In a little book called “Diamond Dust,” I found an anonymous quote that caught my attention. Here it is: “If, in spite of all your tears and prayers, God has left you in a dark place, perhaps it's because He knows there are still treasures to be found there.”

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The Story of a Nail

12/10/2018
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Missionary Hubert Mitchell set off into the thick jungles of Sumatra to reach an animist tribe deep in the heart of that country. On the way he stopped to buy fish and some cans of mandarin oranges, and then continued on the trail. Eventually he came to a group of people who at first were afraid, but Hubert’s assistant persuaded the Chief that Hubert had come from a great distance with a wonderful message called "Good News."

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The God of All Comfort

12/3/2018
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The day was my birthday, and no one could have had a nicer celebration as I enjoyed a beautiful tea with friends and family--truly a red-letter day.

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Learn to Submit to One Another

11/26/2018
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The Bible says, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:22). Women, do you hate that verse? Well, maybe “hate” is too strong a word. But do you wish God had not put that verse in the Bible about submission?

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Start Studying God's Promises

11/19/2018
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Ruth Graham, beloved wife of Evangelist Billy Graham, told of being jolted awake suddenly in the night by the name of someone she loved dearly who was trying hard to run away from God. In the darkness her fears ran rampant.

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How to Walk With God

11/12/2018
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Jesus once told the crowds listening to Him: “Learn from me.” Because some of us know a lot of facts about the Bible, and we know a library-full of Bible stories, and the basic doctrines of the faith, we think there’s probably not much more for us to learn. It’s easy to fall into that trap.

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Someone is Expecting You

11/5/2018
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Back in 2008, because of the global financial crisis, the Baikalsk Pulp & Paper Mill shut down. Now, for most towns, this would create a serious problem for those who worked at the mill. For this little town, located in the wasteland of Siberia, it was a full-blown crisis, for the mill was the primary source of jobs for the 17,000 people who lived there. When the mill shut down, other businesses folded. People went into survival mode, unscrewing all but one light bulb in their homes to save...

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How to Age Well

10/29/2018
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Okay, okay, I admit it. I’m a senior. And I don’t always wake up in the morning bounding in energy these days. My responsibilities have certainly changed from the days of parenting young children. And while Harold and I travel a good deal in ministry, I do have more hours at home than I used to.

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Running to Us with Forgiveness

10/22/2018
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You probably know it as the story of the Prodigal Son found in the Bible in Luke 15--the familiar account of the son who asks his father for his share of the inheritance, goes off and wastes it all and ends up penniless and hungry. Eventually he decides to go home to his father hoping that he can get a job as a hired servant.

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Praying for Your Grown-Up Kids

10/15/2018
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Whoever thinks parenting ends when a son or daughter turns 21 doesn’t understand that a parent never quits caring. I always feel a heart-tug when I read the apostle Paul’s words: “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 1:19 (NIV). Isn’t that a good description of your concern for your kids’ spiritual welfare--it’s like childbirth. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you long for each of your kids to make...

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Paula's Story

10/8/2018
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In desperation, she grabbed two bottles--a bottle of whiskey and bottle of pills--and headed to the beach. At last she would end her pain. Two years of struggle and depression since her divorce had destroyed any thread of hope for the future. Why keep trying?

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On Dark Days

10/1/2018
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When Harold and I were first married, we visited the coalmining region of England for the first time. The weather was cold and gloomy as we entered a little town whose buildings were darkened by the coal smoke. The laundry hanging on the clotheslines looked gray and dirty even though it had just been washed.

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The Value of a Child

9/24/2018
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When does a child get his soul—that part of a person that never dies? It’s a question that people have debated for centuries. To start with, let’s go back to Adam. The record in Genesis says that the Lord formed Adam of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). The initial thought, then, might be that a child receives a soul when he takes his first breath. But I, for one, believe it is much earlier.

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They Call Her Sister Freda

9/17/2018
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They call her Sister Freda, and she is an inspiration to me! She is a Kenyan nurse who saw great need and decided to do something about it. So she started a medical clinic in an area of great poverty.

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Wonder—and Worship

9/10/2018
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“Oh, Terri, just look at that rose! See the delicate markings and shading? Absolutely gorgeous! Just look at it!” Yes, when I see a beautiful flower, I immediately want to grab your arm and pull you over to take a look at its loveliness, the exquisite color, the unusual formation of the petals. Terri, my walking partner, is getting used to my exclamations as we pass by lovely flowers. She knows I just have to exclaim about them. And she knows she might as well stop right where she is until...

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