Volume 17.03 | March 2016

  • 01_christian_hope_sunrays

    A Christian’s hope

    Most people understand hope as wishful thinking, as in I hope something will happen. But this is not what the Bible means by hope. In the Bible, hope is used in the sense of “joyful and confident expectation.”1 Maybe you hope for good things to happen, or like me sometimes, you tend to rather hope […]

  • 02_Butterfly_encounters

    Butterfly encounters

    As I was researching material for a short story about an antique dealer who collected rare butterflies, I came across a website that revealed a rich resource of stories involving those fascinating creatures. I was amazed at the vast quantity of stories that had been contributed to this one website—hundreds of experiences—and I was struck […]

  • 03_having-Faith

    Having faith in faith

    It’s second nature for some people to have faith and show trust in God. They somehow see the good in difficult people or trying situations. To them, the glass is always half full. You’ll often hear them say things like, “God will supply,” and, “Don’t worry, things will work out.” Upon meeting a person like […]

  • 04_tree_of_life

    Hope and the tree of life

    He’s a tall, tanned, lanky fellow in his mid-sixties—older than most of the other vendors at the fruit and vegetable market. He invariably greets his customers with a radiant smile. One hot July morning when I approached his stall, I was surprised to see that he was wearing a thick brace around his neck. It […]

  • 05_dear_bill

    Dear Bill

    Bill and I are old friends. When we met up for coffee recently, he told me about his difficulties. His wife has developed a chronic condition which has left her bedridden, and Bill is struggling with her care. Meanwhile, he is overwhelmed by the demands at his workplace and the fear of losing his job. […]

  • 06_Best_picture

    The world’s best picture

    The other night I watched a fascinating documentary about the famous fresco The Resurrection, by Piero della Francesca, painted around 1463 in Tuscany, Italy. Jesus is in the center of the composition, portrayed at the moment of His resurrection. He is seen rising above four soldiers sleeping at His tomb, illustrating the difference between the […]

  • 07_third_day

    The third day

    It was empty, they had said. The doorway was open, and the tomb was empty. There had been more, but that had been enough for the two now rushing through the sleeping town. Off they went, racing down the long, dark road as fast as their feet could take them. The first rays of the […]

  • 08_Easter_wonders

    Easter wonders

    At this time of year, we celebrate the very heart of our Christian faith—the resurrection of Jesus. It is the central theme of the gospel, the key component which proves the validity of everything Jesus taught. The resurrection tells us that Jesus is the Son of God; that as believers we have salvation and forgiveness, […]

  • 09_easter_people_butterfly

    The Easter people

    Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.—Pope John Paul II (1920–2005) What happens when a Christian dies is not a matter of speculation, but of certainty based on truth. Something tremendous happened in history that has taken the issue of life after death out of the […]

  • 10_Bejond_wishful_thinking

    Beyond wishful thinking

    I was eight years old when I lost my grandfather at the age of 65. My family is very close knit and this was a big blow to all of us. I remember kissing Nanu’s cold cheek and bidding him farewell. But something inside told me this was not a permanent goodbye. I always had […]

  • 11_discovering_faith

    Discovering faith

    I grew up in a Christian family, but at 13 I declared that I was an atheist. When I was 18, I left my hometown of Rio de Janeiro 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, […]

  • 12_being_with_god

    Being with God

    If there is anything that Easter reminds us, it is that “salvation”—God’s wonderful gift of peace with Him in this life and in the life to come—is not something we achieve by what we do. It’s something that has already been done for us. Jesus died on the cross for our sins; He rose again […]