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God’s Plan for Partnership with Us

God’s Plan for Partnership with Us

One of my favorite things about God is that nothing ever surprises Him. I take the greatest comfort in knowing that no matter how crazy the world gets, God is in Heaven saying, “Yep, I saw that coming. I’m still in control. You’re okay.” Knowing that the Creator of the Universe is in control reassures

True Riches: Becoming More Like Jesus

True confession? I am not a very compassionate person. I once asked a college friend if I should pray for God to help me care more about other people, or if I should just accept that I don’t. My focus on myself was keeping me from having concern for the well-being of others. This kind

The Legacy of Work

  In short, work — and lots of it — is an indispensable component in a meaningful human life. It is a supreme gift from God and one of the main things that gives our lives purpose. But it must play its proper role, subservient to God. It must regularly give way not just to

What It Means to be Blessed

  Danny was the new guy in the camp with the moaning stomach. Randy and Beverly had gone to the supermarket — jumped in the Dumpster, found lettuce and tomatoes and bread, and bought a big bag of potato chips and one or two liters of fruit punch. Beverly shoplifted some cheese, lunch meat, mayonnaise,

Hospitality: Entertaining Angels Unaware

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. — Matthew 25:35 NIV My friend Arlys grew up on a Christian missionary compound in the heart of Muslim Tsanyawa, Nigeria. One of the vivid memories of her childhood is her

God Is Unbelievably Stubborn

In Hebrew, Midrash means to search out. Midrash asks the reader to find those quirky, oddball Scriptures and inconsistencies and try to make sense of them before God. It challenges us to explore that which we do not know in order to better understand the One we want to know. Midrash invites us to have

Generosity Is the New Evangelism

Generosity Is the New Evangelism

“Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.” — Mother Teresa We work with churches not simply to help them fund budgets or meet campaign goals — although those things may

Cold Showers of Unmet Expectations

The hotel bed sagged like a hammock under my jet-lagged body. My Timex beeped out the mantra, “Get up! The only time zone that matters is mine.” I rolled off the bed in reluctant obedience and staggered to the bathroom. The sulfuric smell of the nation’s sewer escaped the toilet, an unsubtle reminder of my distance from home.

Core of My Being

Where Is Your Hope?

I am rich, yet frequently oblivious to my wealth. What would my Lord whisper into my opulent life? Let’s turn the corner and ask a penetrating question. How do the things you possess, the symbols of your success, affect your attitude toward yourself? Do your possessions lead to humble gratitude toward the Giver, or do you detect ego inflation

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