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Finding Hope in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

Finding Hope in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

A well-known writer once wrote, “The essential thing ‘in Heaven and in earth’ is… that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” Ask any marathon runner — it’s that seemingly endless run, that tiring stretch in the

The Abundant Life Will Not Be Free of Trials

Life with Christ will not be pain-free. This is a prominent theme throughout Scripture. First, let’s just acknowledge how abnormal it is to embrace such a life. When traveling from point A to point B, we enter the destination into our navigation system, expecting it will provide us with the shortest route. The one with

You Were Made for This Moment

‘To whom will you compare Me? Or who is My equal?’ says the Holy One. — Isaiah 40:25 As Moses announced: Who among the gods is like You, Lord? Who is like You — majestic in holiness? — Exodus 15:11 And the psalmist asked: Who in the skies is comparable to the Lord? Who among

Diving into God’s Faithfulness

This year, Olympian Steele Johnson took a deep dive into God’s faithfulness. Long ago, Johnson was nearly killed when practicing a difficult dive. His head hit the platform. He cracked his skull, fell more than thirty feet, and plunged into the water headfirst and unconscious. He eventually recovered and kept diving. In 2016, he brought

Finding a Way Through the Dark

Finding a Way Through the Dark

Have you ever tried to walk around your house in the dark? With arms stretched out wide we feel our way around, running into dressers, patting walls with our hands, feeling for the familiar to find our way. It’s hard to see where we’re going without the light. It’s painful to run into things we

The Dream Broken: Finding the Goodness and Love of God in the Midst of Suffering

Editor’s Note: Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in

You Are Never Alone Week 3 — God Is with You in the Storm

Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. — John 6:11 Count on Christ. He can help you do the impossible. Just offer Him what you have and watch Him work.

How to Keep Going

How to Keep Going

Here’s the straight truth. There’s no way for anyone on this planet to go through life without going through suffering. I wish there was. But there is not. Though knowing that suffering is a part of life and that it’s coming can actually help. Because part of the problem of suffering is that so many

Take Courage

  Editor’s note: Bear Grylls is a survivor. You’ve likely seen him on one of his many survival and adventure TV shows, such as Man Vs. Wild, You Vs. Wild, The Island, and Running Wild with Bear Grylls. In his life, Bear has served with British special forces, climbed Everest, crossed the north Atlantic unassisted,

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You’ll Get Through This

No one travels far down the road of life without discovering that this journey is not always smooth or perfect. We can pray and wish for safety on the way. We should enjoy the stretches of the ride when the sun shines and things go beautifully. We ought to thank God for the times when

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