Volume 16.01 | January 2015

  • A different kind of wish

    No one knows what the future holds. We’re quick to wish a “happy new year” on January 1st, but we actually have very little control over how things will play out. “You do not know what a day may bring,”1 the Bible cautions. Over the past year, a number of my friends went through some […]

  • Lunar landing

    It’s been almost half a century since Neil Armstrong declared on July 20, 1969, “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” It was a momentous occasion—the first time a member of the human race had stood on the surface of the moon. Technological expertise took the crew of Apollo 11 where […]

  • On the river’s edge

    As the children of Israel were preparing to cross the Jordan River, Joshua sent the ark of the covenant ahead. He instructed the people: “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then […]

  • Taking the plunge

    The little boy must have been about four years old. I watched with interest as his dad walked to the edge of the diving board at the deep end of the pool and showed him how to dive. The boy clapped and cheered at the splash his dad made as he entered the water, but […]

  • A single step

    A couple of years ago, I took an English teaching training course. My first language is Croatian, and I had been working as a professional translator and interpreter for over 20 years, so I spoke English on a daily basis and was quite happy doing some freelance English teaching. However, I eventually realized that a […]

  • Live today!

    Someone has said that today is a marvel of opportunity, crucified between two thieves, yesterday and tomorrow! Today, this very day, is one of the most wonderfully precious things you will ever have. You can have faith for almost anything if you’ll take it a day at a time. God’s Word says, “As your day, […]

  • New year, new commitments

    The beginning of a new year is such an interesting time. We often think back over our experiences of the past year as well as look ahead to what the new year will bring. It can be encouraging to see the challenges met, the victories won, the progress made, the commitments carried through, and the […]

  • Holding on

    As a young child, I would lie in bed at my grandparents’ house, listening to the sounds of the television downstairs and looking at the pictures on the wall. One was a picture of a woman with wavy reddish hair in a nightdress clinging to a stone cross in the middle of the raging sea. […]

  • Five steps to success

    Are you faced with starting a new project or making decisions? Why not get a head start by using these tried-and-proven steps to success. Pray: Don’t neglect or undervalue the place of prayer. A prayerless individual is a powerless individual. When power is absent, strength is absent too, and defeat is inevitable. When prayer becomes […]

  • New Year choices

    I’m quite excited about my New Year’s resolution, and I think it’s going to work. No, I know it’s going to work. It’s got to, because I see now that my future hinges on it. “Think small.” That may seem like a contradiction of the usual New Year refrain—“Think big”—but actually, it complements it. I […]

  • Mallory’s mountain

    When someone asked the famous mountaineer George Mallory why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, he simply stated: “Because it is there.” Didn’t he know that staying home would have been a whole lot safer? Didn’t he care about the dangers, the hardships, and the risks? Sadly, a mysterious accident befell Mallory and his climbing […]

  • Notebooks and planners

    Ever since my school days, one of my greatest thrills has been to start a new notebook. That first nice-smelling white page, all clean and perfect, without wrinkles or dents, was so inviting and promising! It could be because I wasn’t always so neat, so here was another chance to finally improve my handwriting, or […]