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The Upside: Purpose

The Upside: Purpose

One cool Saturday night in September 2015, my mama hung the next day’s church clothes on her closet door. She placed a cup of water on her nightstand next to my novel and climbed into her plush bed. Sometime during the night, while my mother slept, her soul went to be with Jesus. I watched

Matthew 5:4

The Dance of Grief and Gratitude

  Editor’s Note: It’s Thanksgiving — a day of thankfulness and joy. As we celebrate this season of gratitude, remembrance and recognition of God’s provision, and celebration, we also acknowledge that we and those around us may be in a season of struggle or pain. We pray that you find comfort and encouragement from this

The Opposite Life: Strong vs Weak

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for

God in Your Grief

  Editor’s note: Anthony Griffith, a stand-up comic from Chicago’s South Side, has lived on the borderline of comedy and tragedy. At the very time his career as a stand-up comedian was taking off and he had finally achieved his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show, he was also enduring an unimaginable personal nightmare:

Jesus’ Tears Give You Permission to Shed Your Own

Martha sat in a damp world, cloudy, tearful. And Jesus sat in it with her. I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. — John 11:25 NLT Hear those words in a Superman tone, if you like. Clark Kent descending from

The Innkeeper in Bethlehem: Living Beyond the “No”

The Innkeeper in Bethlehem: Living Beyond the “No”

For nothing is impossible with God. — Luke 1:37 The Innkeeper who gave Mary and Joseph a stable to stay in should be a model for us as we celebrate important seasons like Christmas without our loved one. That’s because the innkeeper had the ability to think and live beyond the “no.” “No room in

There Is Grief in the Family Tree of Jesus

Abraham begot Isaac… David the king begot Solomon by her who had been the wife of Uriah. — Matthew 1:2, Matthew 1:6 Talk about heartbreak, sorrow, misery, and grief — all those things are woven through the fabric of our Lord’s family tree. Can you feel their grief behind these words? The grief of Abraham

Journey into the Fire of Surrender

For He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. — Malachi 3:2-3 The embers glowed as the blacksmith stoked the fire. One callused hand held a piece of metal to

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