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Do Justice

Do Justice

The way of the just is uprightness. — Isaiah 26:7 It was not America’s finest hour. The year was 1938; the nation was still stuck in the economic malaise following the Great Depression. Putting food on the table was tops on our minds, and those with decent jobs were among the lucky ones. Organized crime was in its heyday —

Choosing Joy for Mothers and Children

For more than a decade, God has taken me on a journey. A journey in which I had to walk by faith, not by sight. I didn’t know where God was leading me, and I wasn’t sure I was ready to follow. But I did. I followed God to corners of the world I never imagined I would

Stop Helping Us: A Call to Compassionately Move beyond Charity

The Story of Fadzai Every time an employer discovered Fadzai Nhamo, a woman from Zimbabwe, was HIV positive, the door shut. “Life was difficult for me when I came to Harare,” Fadzai later remarked. When Fadzai speaks, she covers her mouth to hide her missing front teeth, a daily reminder of the brutal way she

The Mother and Child Project: His Plan is for Us to Help

In April 1997, Debbie and I visited a children’s hospital in Soweto, South Africa, with Franklin Graham and his Samaritan’s Purse organization. As we walked through the halls of that hospital, visiting children with terminal illnesses who we knew would never be healed this side of heaven, our hearts broke. We knew that this pain and suffering was

True Fast for a Sacred Moment

True Fast for a Sacred Moment

  Imagine a young couple in the labor and delivery room experiencing the birth of their first child. Hear her groans, see the sweat, and feel the anxious tension. Now place a bag of potato chips in the husband’s hands and picture him munching away as he watches his wife give birth. As if it

We Can Do All Things Through Christ

Christians are like a great work of art that was lost in a garage for decades. But it’s been found – a beautiful masterpiece discovered beneath a cheap, contemporary portrait. The media has slapped a cheap caricature of Christians over the masterpiece of Christian identity. The counterfeit portrays us as shallow, anti-intellectual, judgmental, disengaged, and uncool hypocrites. But

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.

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How To Be Rich

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  – Matthew 6:21 (NIV) In the new book and small group Bible study, How to Be Rich, Andy Stanley looks at the early Christians, showing that generosity was the hallmark of the early church. The early Christians took this command seriously. They did for those

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