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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 »

roots

My friend noticed that his maple tree was shedding leaves prematurely. The tree doctor told him his tree was suffering from a girdling root. It had taken 30 years, but the offending root had encircled the tree and was now slowly choking it. If my friend didn’t dig down and hack the root off, the... read more »

one mission

My husband and I often must act as referees while moderating the differences between our two offspring. They focus on what makes them different instead of what unites them. We frequently remind the two that they need each other—something that’s hard for them to see. The body of Christ is often... read more »

faith at great risk

A group of friends and I are in the midst of attempting to read through the Bible in 90 days. Since beginning this endeavor, we’ve been surprised at the way God’s Word has become so alive for us. Approaching the Bible in large sections at a time has proven to be a powerful experience. We’ve... read more »

a heavenly lineage

Simon’s mother was 18 when she fell in love with a man who showered her with the affection she lacked at home. Their romantic tryst was short-lived, however, and he quickly returned to his wife and family when he discovered that she was pregnant. Simon grew up not knowing his father. During a... read more »
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