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Grace for the Mess

Grace for the Mess

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one Man, Jesus Christ. — Romans 5:17 NLT The meaning of life. The wasted

Prayers of American Presidents

  Editor’s note: Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer in the United States, which occurs annually on the first Thursday of May.  The modern law instituting this time to “turn to God in prayer and meditation” began in 1952, although many similar observances were held by earlier presidents. Today, we are sharing several prayers

Your Brain on Porn

  Like sand on a beach, the brain bears the footprints of the decisions we have made, the skills we have learned —Sharon Begley, Newsweek Science Editor1 Restart and reboot yourself. You’re free to go. —U2, “Unknown Caller”2 “I know it’s not really true,” said Manny, “but it seems as if my brain has been

Billy’s Heaven

  Editor’s note: Most Saturdays for 15 years, Don Wilton drove the long road to meet with Billy at his home in Montreat, North Carolina. There the two friends spent hours talking about family, politics, sports, and their spiritual lives. In Saturdays with Billy, Don shares more than 20 heartwarming stories of his times with

Randy Travis: Amazing Grace

  Editor’s Note: Randy Travis experienced tremendous success as a country and gospel singer. But in 2009, his seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral. His marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012. Then, just as

The Messiah in the Desert

  When the word “desert” comes to mind, most people think of a barren, sweltering, uninhabitable, hostile, waterless, sandy, and lifeless place. Spiritually, the desert is often a place of wandering, testing, isolation, dryness, and waiting. All these images contain aspects of truth, but there is much more to the desert — and to wilderness

What Will You Do With Your One Extraordinary Life?

I have been teaching as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School for more than a decade. It’s a place filled with bright, ambitious law students, many of whom have had a lot of life break in their direction. I also teach a class at San Quentin State Prison. My class there is filled with

Get Real Real

In my first couple of weeks [at Baylor University], I met a kid I’ll call Peter. I can’t remember what his parents did for work, but whatever it was, it allowed him to have $5,000 a month to spend on whatever he wanted. Not the necessities like books or courses or even the meal plan.

Don’t Fear Weakness

  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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