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The best year

The best year

Rosane Pereira

Last year, I struggled with the decision of whether or not to spend New Year’s Eve with my family in Niteroi, Brazil. I couldn’t remember the last time I’d spent a night... »

Give it all to Jesus

Give it all to Jesus

Peter Amsterdam

Forgiving is one of the most difficult things for a person to do. But whenever we give our hurts to God and tell Him, “Jesus, take this. I don’t want it anymore. I’m tire... »

Nine how-tos of change

Nine how-tos of change

Keith Phillips

1  Take stock and set goals. Make a list of the areas you want to change in and what you can do to bring those changes about. Putting goals and plans in writing will help... »

Small beginnings

Small beginnings

Iris Richard

Countless stories and parables are told of small beginnings that lead to greater ends. This is my own small beginnings story. It was a comment from a stranger that got me... »

Learning to follow

Learning to follow

Steve Hearts

Several years ago, I directed a youth singing group that consisted mostly of teenagers. They were all talented musicians and singers, and my job was to help further their... »

Dying grace

Dying grace

In this stage of my life, the subject of death seems to pop up more frequently than before, and it’s not always a happy thought. As Christians, we know that death isn’t t... »

The paths we take

The paths we take

Anna Perlini

In my search for meaning and truth in life, like most young people, I was also faced with the challenge of finding a purposeful direction for my life. Which way would I g... »

Cycles

Cycles

Marie Alvero

Today I’m sitting at my desk, looking out my window at what may be one of the last of summer’s best days. The first cold front is expected next week, and I’m already brac... »

All is forgiven

All is forgiven

Message from Jesus

Do not be disheartened by the mistakes and sins of your past, for the past is the past. In the very moment that you seek My forgiveness, in the very instant that you call... »

Two boats and a helicopter

Two boats and a helicopter

Ronan Keane

In a well-known parable, a storm hits a small town, which is quickly flooded. As the waters rise, the local preacher kneels in prayer on the church porch, surrounded by w... »

The abalone and me

The abalone and me

An abalone is a shellfish that sticks to rocks in coastal waters. It’s a gastropod, which means that its stomach is its foot—it walks on its stomach. And apart from its s... »

Taking our burdens to Jesus

Taking our burdens to Jesus

Maria Fontaine

Everyone experiences some very difficult times of testing at different points in their lives. Maybe you’re in the midst of one of these times and you’re feeling weary and... »

Wings from weights

Wings from weights

There is a beautiful stained glass window in the historic Wesley’s Chapel in London, inscribed with these words: “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the utt... »