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walking a tightrope

Mollee D. Harper went without a steady job for more than 2 years. She described it like this: “Daily, [I walked a] tightrope of not knowing whether I might disappear into homelessness or suddenly get [a] break.” Eventually, Mollee’s friends stopped returning her calls and quit offering to help... read more »

the bottom line

While in college, the great missionary Adoniram Judson lost his faith when he fell under the spell of Jacob Eames, a deist who believed that God never interferes in our lives. When he was on a trip, Judson stayed at a village inn next door to a man who was dying. The man’s groans kept Judson awake... read more »

you choose Q: how does a person handle death?

Q: I’m so sad. My friend Karen’s dad died today, what happens after people die? Do they go right to heaven? What happens to the body after they die? My Mom just turned 96. I’m scared of what will happen when she dies. I know I’ll fall apart. I’m not a strong Christian. How... read more »

saying goodbye

Today I told my friend Jen goodbye. Having met her a year ago, I liked her from the first time I interviewed her for a teaching position in our department. I soon realized we were twins born 8 years apart—she too keeps bananas in her freezer forever and has a sensitive heart. Witty, bright,... read more »

the main event

In John Irving’s Prayer for Owen Meany, Owen announced the distinct importance of Jesus’ resurrection: “Anyone can be sentimental about the nativity; any fool can feel like a Christian at Christmas. But Easter is the main event.” Owen held this conviction, but not because it presents an... read more »

gift of your smile

The late film director Krzysztof Kieslowski was once interviewing actors for a film. During an interview, a young actress described to him how she’d go out and walk the streets of Paris when she felt sad. As Kieslowski probed further, he learned that 6 years earlier the actress had been close to a... read more »

God’s will and our hopes

Barely a few inches long, the image on the sonogram looked like something from a science fiction movie. With distinctive little nubs for hands and a clearly defined head, I could see the promise of the one who was to be our firstborn. Still unknown were the gender, personality traits, and... read more »

you choose Q: how do I strengthen my faith?

Q: How do I strengthen my faith in God and totally put my trust in Him—to know that it will all work out (my husband has terminal cancer)?  —Ann A: Faith is strengthened when it is exercised. An athlete can’t strengthen muscles without exercising them. Faith is the same way. I suspect few of... read more »

remember

My wife and I recently checked out the Titanic exhibit at our local museum. As we walked among the artifacts, watched videos, and viewed photos, the events of April 15, 1912—the day the Titanic sank—became real to us. One particularly moving account involved an older woman and her husband. When... read more »

hope in death

In early 2012, James McConnell passed away at a nursing home in Southsea, Hampshire, in England. Mr. McConnell, a veteran of the UK’s Royal Marines, was 70 years old. Unfortunately, he had no family, and when the medical staff told Rev. Bob Mason that they feared no one would show up for the... read more »
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