Volume 16.09 | September 2015

  • 01-Mountain-movers

    Mountain movers

    I’ve always wondered what Jesus meant when He said, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move.”1 I’ve never heard of mountains moving—and I’ve certainly never moved a mountain—so why did He choose that analogy? Over time, […]

  • 02-Like-a-dog-with-two-tails

    Like a dog with two tails

    There she was at the door, jumping up and down for joy, barking and wagging her tail, as if to say: “He’s back!” After a long and tiring day, I received the most wonderful welcome from our black Labrador retriever. It made me feel good. I smiled and gave her the attention she wanted. After […]

  • 03-What-faith-knows

    What faith knows

    When I look at some of the men and women in the Bible, at a quick glance they seem to be so confident, so certain of everything. Next to such seemingly unwavering faith, we can start to feel a little unsure of our own faith. Perhaps that’s because we’re seeing the miracles they experienced through […]

  • 04-Beckoning-me-onwards

    Beckoning me onwards

    I grew up in a Christian family, but at 13 I became an atheist. When I was 18, I left my hometown of Rio with a backpack and set off to see the world. I visited the British Isles, then crossed the Channel and took a bus overland to India, through Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, and […]

  • 05-The-Therapy-Room

    The therapy room

    A friend of mine recently had a traumatic experience. While at work, a dog bite took off part of her finger. Weeks of pain, surgeries, casts, pills, anesthesia … and it still wasn’t the end of the story. Her finger had gone into “shock mode”—any touch brought on fresh pain. It seemed almost paralyzed. Two […]

  • 06-One-hundred-percent-coverage

    One hundred percent coverage

    Around 40% of the world’s population has Internet access. That’s more than three billion people. Instead of hunting through books or doing research at a physical location, we can find information we need by typing a few key words and clicking “search.” Within seconds, links to thousands of websites appear on our screen. Admittedly this […]

  • 07-A-life-above-the-ordinary

    A life above the ordinary

    The secret of drawing closer to God is prayer and communion with Him through meditating on His Word. But it’s not just quickly opening your Bible. I’m sure that the failure of many Christians to gain much from meditation arises far more often from opening their Bibles too quickly than from shutting them too quickly! […]

  • 08-Reading-tips

    Reading tips

    “Where do I start?” is probably the most common question asked by people starting out reading the Bible. I remember my first attempts when I was a young man. I started at the beginning, but didn’t get too far, losing interest by the time I got to Leviticus, a book full of ancient laws. Later, […]

  • 09-Its-all-right

    It’s all right

    Those were the words uttered by a woman nearly 3,000 years ago whose only son had just died in her arms. Hours earlier, he had complained of a headache after returning from harvesting the fields with his father. She had sat him on her lap and tried to cool his burning forehead, but by noon […]

  • 10-The-blocked-card

    The blocked card

    Not long ago, when we checked our credit card statement after buying an airline ticket, we discovered that the airline had charged us twice. We contacted the airline in the hope of correcting the error right away to avoid the charge and interest that it would incur. After three futile and time-consuming phone calls to […]

  • 11-The-faith-and-peace-connection

    The faith and peace connection

    Trust doesn’t just happen. As children, we learn to trust our parents because we feel their love and benefit from their care and mature understanding of life. We trust friends who have stuck with us through thick and thin. We trust businesspeople who we find to be honest and reliable. We trust people, in short, […]

  • 12-Pancakes-and-pudding

    Pancakes and pudding 

    My nine- and ten-year-olds came whining to me again. “Mommy, Chalsey’s taking all the LEGO blocks!” “Davin always gets the best pieces!” Kristy, my five-year-old, was crying. “It’s not fair! I want to build an airplane, but they won’t let me.” This had been going on all afternoon, one thing after another. No matter how […]