Volume 15.04 | April 2014

  • Overcoming crises

    Are you worried about your future and that of your loved ones? Does it feel like your world recently came crashing down around you? Do you feel helpless, depressed, isolated, or lonely? If so, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, these are challenges that people all over the world are confronted with. And the gospels tell us […]

  • Tiny Worlds

    I remember learning about the word “microcosm” when I was in fifth grade. As homework, our teacher handed each of us a 36-inch string and told us to make a circle on the ground. Then we were to look at everything within the circle, study it, and see what lived in our tiny world. From […]

  • Seeing Jesus

    In a series of experiments conducted a few years back, dogs were given the command “shake,” and they were normally happy to do so whether they got a reward or not. However, researchers found that if the dogs saw that another dog was being rewarded and they weren’t, they began hesitating to obey the command […]

  • 2100

    Two thousand one hundred! Not a date but a number. Bono, the lead singer of rock band U2, known for his anti-poverty campaigns, notes that this is how many mentions of poverty there are in the Scriptures: “That’s a lot of airtime.” ( Bono, On the Move, 2006) In the introduction to the Poverty and […]

  • The Water

    It was the hot, dry season. With no rain in almost a month, crops were dying, cows had stopped giving milk, streams had long dried up, and we, like other farmers in the area, faced bankcruptcy if we didn’t see some rain soon. I was in the kitchen making lunch when I saw my six-year-old […]

  • Easter—Yesterday, Today and Foverever!

    What did Jesus’ resurrection mean to His original disciples—all of those who believed in Him during His lifetime on earth? And what does it mean to us today? By the time Jesus shared the Last Supper with His followers, just hours before He was arrested, tried, and killed, they had come to understand that Jesus […]

  • The Kindness Of Strangers

    About a year ago, I sprained my ankle quite badly coming out of the movie theater and needed to go to the hospital for an x-ray and to have it properly bandaged. Thankfully, nothing was broken, but the swelling lasted a few days, and it was some time before I could walk normally. Later, when […]

  • Debt Free

    Sérgio was going through a severe financial crisis. He had taken out a large loan in a foreign currency, but a wild fluctuation in the exchange rate had raised his debt to more than double the value of everything he possessed. Sérgio’s main creditor was his father-in-law, a very wealthy man. One day he told […]

  • Easter praise

    Picture a tiny, hard seed trapped in darkness. Rain falls, the sun shines, and within that seed, cells are multiplying. Soon there’s a green shoot of life. A new plant is growing. Now picture a baby bird trapped in a hard, unwelcoming shell. A crack appears as the little creature pecks and scratches. Out comes […]

  • Prince of Peace

    Once, when I was crossing the Sea of Galilee with My disciples, a storm arose and threatened to sink our small boat. My disciples were frightened, but I commanded the storm to cease—“Peace! Be still!”—and the wind and waves obeyed Me.1 One day, I will cause the storms of this world to cease, and dry […]