Volume 16.08 | August 2015

  • Our constant

    Ask anyone, and they’ll agree that today’s world is very different from the one our parents and grandparents knew. The funny thing is that the feeling is not new by any means. “The cause of the … increase in nervous disease is increased demand made by the conditions of modern life,” affirmed an article published […]

  • Lost in my hometown

    I thought the move was going to be a simple change of scenery, possibly requiring some minor adjustments at most. After all, I was returning to my home country, already knowing the language, people, and customs. If I had managed to get used to the scorching heat, spicy food, rickshaws, and monsoons of India and […]

  • His desire, His plan, our happiness

    We all need to make decisions as we navigate through life. Depending on our nature, we might love figuring it all out or it might scare us. For most of us, it’s probably a bit of both. Personally, I don’t like making decisions. Twice in my adult life I’ve broken down and cried in a […]

  • God’s gps

    Technological developments can help us understand a bit more about God and how He manages His affairs. For example, prayer can be illustrated by the cell phone, used to immediately communicate with someone on the other side of the world. Computers are capable of storing and processing every bit of a company’s information. This helps […]

  • The broad-leafed cactus

    Walking along a narrow path in the tropical forest we often visit for a Sunday walk, under the radiant early-morning African sun, I notice a magnificent cactus and stop to take a closer look. The dark-green rubbery leaves are fat and oval and interspersed with large pointed thorns. In contrast to the feisty exterior, tender […]

  • Free agents

    Have you ever been faced with important decisions and needed explicit direction, only to feel as if God was in silent mode?—Right when you would most like Him to give a precise answer? I know I have, and during those times, it’s been a spiritual struggle. Once, while struggling with a decision, I so much […]

  • Time to launch

    Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.—André Gide (1869–1951) Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made, nothing happens. Decision is the courageous facing of issues, knowing that if they are not faced, problems will remain forever unanswered.—Wilferd Peterson (1900–1995) O Lord, […]

  • Set sail!

    My friend Jack lived in a large house in a pleasant, leafy suburb. It was a great place to raise his family of five, but his children have long since married and moved on. Around 15 years ago, Jack’s business failed, and although it would have made financial and practical sense for Jack and his […]

  • 42 kilometers of life

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our […]

  • The right choice

    The summer when I was twelve, my father surprised my younger sister and me by announcing that he had a different plan for our summer holiday. Instead of planning our vacation, he gave us the money that he had set aside and let us decide what to do with it. We could save it, spend […]

  • Lighten up

    The ministry of John the Baptist mostly preceded that of Jesus. John’s message was one of repentance; he proclaimed the coming of the Savior. Although some of his followers went on to become disciples of Jesus,1 others evidently stayed at John’s side. John is traditionally recognized as having been a zealous teacher. Perhaps his strictness […]

  • The best place

    Following Me doesn’t mean that you will never encounter problems, because problems are part of life on earth, and they’re one of the ways in which I teach and strengthen you. But it means that regardless of life’s obstacles, I can care for you and do what you can’t do. I can work in the […]