by Poh Fang chia on March 7th, 2014 | 6 responses
Imagine going on a missions trip without your luggage. No change of clothing! Oh, and no money or credit card either. So, you can forget about buying the basic necessities you might need while you’re away. That’s exactly what Jesus told His twelve disciples to do when He sent them out on their... read more »
need wisdom? ask!
by Roxanne Robbins on March 2nd, 2014 | 4 responses
Following college, I spent several years in sports ministry and developed close friendships with a handful of professional and Olympic athletes. In talking with these friends over the past year, each of them commented that after they retired from athletic competition they struggled to know what to... read more »
by Winn Collier on February 21st, 2014 | 6 responses
In Indonesia, scientists have located remains of an ancient people that may have—over the years—shrunk due to what they call “island dwarfism.” The researchers have used the name hobbit to identify the remains. Though hobbits are fictitious creatures, we’re naturally curious about what... read more »
the sustaining Word
by Ruth O'reilly-smith on February 13th, 2014 | 7 responses
Nine weeks into my first pregnancy, I started bleeding. The fear of losing our baby gripped my heart so tightly that I could barely breathe. That night, as I frantically searched the Scriptures to find some comfort, I opened my Bible to Genesis 26:24 (MSG): “That very night God appeared to him and... read more »
more than boy meets girl
by Poh Fang chia on January 13th, 2014 | 2 responses
At our high school reunion, friends were excitedly reminiscing about their past adventures and misadventures while I simply listened. I couldn’t join the conversations because most of my unscheduled school hours had been spent in the school library poring over one of Jane Austen’s novels! So... read more »
by Regina Franklin on January 9th, 2014 | 7 responses
After some knee surgery, I was unprepared for the level of physical therapy required to restore my range of motion. According to my physical therapist, the surgical procedure had caused trauma to my leg, and my muscles had shut down. Years of physical movement had been undone in 20 minutes. But I... read more »
happy new year!
by K. T. Sim on January 1st, 2014 | 6 responses
Happy New Year!” “Have a joyous New Year!” We will hear a lot of these greetings today. And you’ll find yourself saying them to others too. Undoubtedly, we hope that 2014 will be a blessed and joyous year for us. The psalmist articulated his desire for happy days ahead with this confident... read more »
you choose Q: what can you do when you’ve lost all hope?
by an odj community member on December 9th, 2013 | one response
Q: What can you do when you’ve lost all hope? —Joseph A: Scripture gives numerous examples of people who’ve struggled with feelings of hopelessness (1 Kings 19:4; Psalm 22:11; Isaiah 53:10; Lamentations 1:12; Jonah 2:1-5; Matthew 27:46; 2 Corinthians 1:8; Hebrews 11:35-40). When the... read more »
groaning or grumbling?
by Mike Wittmer on November 24th, 2013 | 4 responses
Ravi and Prakash received layoff notices from their employer, an insurance company that was being downsized by its new owner. “Once again the little man gets squeezed,” sighed Prakash; “Is this the thanks I get for 15 years of loyal service?” “Yeah, this stinks,” replied Ravi, “but God... read more »
voice of faith
by Poh Fang chia on October 31st, 2013 | 4 responses
The news was numbing. The tears came so quickly that she couldn’t fight them. Her mind raced with questions, and fear threatened to overwhelm her. Life was going along well, when it was abruptly interrupted and forever changed without warning. Tragedy is a scary thing that always hits us by... read more »