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the grace of Jesus

—Copy and design submitted by Terry and Pat Lampel, US ... read more »

heart decisions

A young woman wrote: “I’ve fallen in love with an unbeliever, but I know it’s wrong. What should I do?” One of our authors posted her question and his answer on the ODJ website. Three months later, the young woman made a comment in the same post. She said that even though unbelieving family... read more »

carrying your cross

My wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in October 2012. I shared with a friend about the challenges this situation had posed for me. As we talked, he gently told me that this is the cross I have to carry. “Carrying your cross” means living with sickness or a child with a disability, or... read more »

an innocent man

On April 15, 1865, family, physicians, and government officials crowded around the bedside of US President Abraham Lincoln. He was unconscious and close to death from an assassin’s fatal bullet. After Lincoln took his last breath, those keeping vigil stood in silence. Shock and sadness left them... read more »

you choose Q: where in the Bible does it say to celebrate Christmas?

Q: where in the Bible does it say to celebrate Christmas?  —Ronald A: As a devout Jew, Jesus would have faithfully kept the 7 major annual sacred feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Weeks or Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles), for these were... read more »

April 14, 2014

As we approach Good Friday and Easter, how have Jesus’ death and resurrection affected your life? ... read more »

according to plan

It was the week of the Passover celebration. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish pilgrims came to the temple to commemorate their deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12:1-28). On the Sunday preceding the Passover, Jesus had allowed the people to honor Him as king as He entered... read more »

love that dies

Renowned Christian writer Dallas Willard wrote: “The aim of God in history is the creation of an all-inclusive community of loving persons, with Himself included in that community as its prime sustainer and most glorious inhabitant.” Marriage is one way God continues to create this... read more »

you’re in good hands

Sometime back in the 1950s, the Allstate Insurance Company’s marketing group was struggling to come up with a slogan for the company’s first major national advertising campaign. As the team was ready to quit after an empty day of brainstorming, sales executive Davis Ellis remembered a reassuring... read more »

what we focus on

The moon has recently been so bright and big that it almost seemed possible to step out my window, onto its surface, and go for a 2 a.m. stroll. It’s beautiful, but its brilliance has been disturbing the rest of our little light-sleeper son who keeps getting up—thinking it’s time for... read more »
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