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belief and obedience

Have you ever desperately wanted something from God? Did you ever make any promises to Him so that He would come through for you? Naaman was a highly respected army commander (2 Kings 5:1). His king thought so highly of him that he sent letters of introduction to the king of Israel asking that the... read more »

“if only i” steps

Mark 5:25-34 contains what I call my “If only I” steps. They’re the desperately needed, often last-resort, actions I often take to reach out to Jesus and find the healing and deeper intimacy I need. Last month, I took an “If only I” step when I flew across the country and then drove 7... read more »

suited up

During a visit to an art institute, I observed a German suit of armor made in 1521. None of the other defensive ensembles seemed as complete as this one. It featured vented metal to cover the face; a curved breastplate to deflect blows; metal that continued down the arms, hands, and covered each... read more »

heat of the battle

I talked with a former British elite forces soldier who had faced many battles and emerged unscathed. He said, “I don’t believe in God.” I challenged him by saying these familiar words: “There are no atheists on the battlefield.” He simply frowned and shrugged his shoulders. I then asked... read more »

holding on to hope

Jesus’ example in prayer

We often connect Lazarus’ story in John 11:1-44 to the story found in Luke 10:38-42 that reveals the difference between how Mary and Martha responded to Jesus . . . Mary is pictured as the one who sits at Jesus feet listening to what He has to say and Martha is pictured as the one who focuses... read more »

unfathomable—yet intimate

I fell at work recently and hurt my leg. Since I make my living largely in the outdoors, I need to be healthy in order to provide for my family. So when the setback occurred, I realized the serious potential financial consequences we were facing. Later, feeling sorry for myself, I limped painfully... read more »

apathetic

In December 2011, USA Today ran an article that analyzed a group of Americans called the “spiritually apathetic.” Their attitude could be summed up as: “So what?” The article presented the following sad statistics: • 44 percent spent no time seeking “eternal wisdom.” • 19 percent... read more »

persevere in prayer

My friends’ marriage is on the rocks. For months, as they received counseling, I thought they were going to make it. But now I’m full of doubt. Things have turned so sour in their relationship that last night as I prayed, I had little hope. I wondered, Why pray if there’s no chance (or so it... read more »

the road more traveled

Ever heard of “swarm intelligence”? Ant colonies use it to establish the quickest paths between food and their nests. Scout ants leave a trail of pheromones (a chemical substance) as they make their way to edibles. More ants follow, causing the scent on the trails to become even stronger. Over... read more »
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