Volume 14.08 | August 2013

  • Always Faithful

    A while ago, my mom was doing some research into our family’s history and origins, which she then passed on to my siblings and me. She added an image of our surname’s coat of arms, which includes the motto, “Fidelissimus semper”—Latin for “always faithful.” I like the sound of that. I wonder where that motto […]

  • Get Up Into the High Mountain

    Our knowledge of Christ is somewhat like climbing one of the Welsh mountains. When you are at the base, you see but little: the mountain itself appears to be but one-half as high as it really is. Climb the first rising knoll, and the valley lengthens and widens beneath your feet.  Go higher, and you see the […]

  • The Bermuda Triangle

    I didn’t appreciate it much when I was younger, but looking back now, I realize the influence my father’s faith in God has had on me. I have fond memories of standing next to his (at the time) towering 6-foot frame, listening to him wholeheartedly singing hymns in church. My family was from Holland, and […]

  • Beyond Sight

    Life is full of challenges of many kinds. For some, the most monumental ones present themselves a good ways down the road. In my case, life’s main challenge made itself known shortly after I was born and remains with me to this day. I am blind. Doctors were never able to determine the exact cause for […]

  • Faithfulness

    When prayer is less sweet and easy; when love is less animated and tender; when the presence of God is less evident and less consoling; when even outward duties are fulfilled with less facility and enjoyment; then faithfulness is greater when maintained under these painful circumstances, and that is all that God requires. —François Fénelon (1651–1715) […]

  • Faith Fortifiers

    Christians aren’t immune to difficulty—family problems, fears, uncertainty, too much to do, financial pressures, and so much more. Having faith doesn’t keep us from difficulties, but we who know the Lord can avail ourselves of His promises, which can get us through those difficulties. I want to share a few of the things that help […]

  • Lessons from the Medley

    I was chatting over Skype with a friend while watching the 4×100 m medley swimming relay at the Olympics, when something one of the commentators said stumped me. “What’s the ‘fly’ leg of the relay?” I typed to my friend. “The butterfly leg. The four strokes are: Fly, back, breath [sic], free.” If you follow […]

  • Living the Dream

    One of my favorite inspirational stories is of a young African boy who crossed over 3,000 kilometers of hostile jungle territory on foot because he had a vision and determination. Legson Didimu Kayira was born in the 1940s to a life of total poverty in the Tumbuka tribe, Malawi, but he dreamed of studying in […]

  • The Faith Package

    Life’s ups and downs can leave our faith in a precarious position, so how do we increase our faith? The Bible tells us that “faith comes by hearing … the word of God.”1 Let’s unwrap that package, layer-by-layer. FAITH… What is faith? Joseph Fort Newman says, “Faith is a fire in the heart,” while Hannah […]

  • The Gift of Faith

    Faith is believing, faith is hoping, faith is trusting. Faith walks on the water to follow Me and refuses to look at the waves.1 Faith refuses to call anything impossible. Faith refuses to quit or to be defeated. Faith refuses to allow its joy and peace to be stolen by circumstances or difficulties. I give […]