Above All Earthly Powers

Vision 195 Spotlight on Russia Imagine not being able to invite someone to church at the grocery store . . . or pray at a restaurant . . . or even lead a Bible study in your own home. This has been reality for protestant Christians in Russia since July 2016, when the government began enforcing […]

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Reframing Life: Beauty from Ashes

My world was rocked for the first time when I was four years old. We had recently moved to Southern California. Early morning sunlight had just begun to peek through the window in the room my sister and I shared upstairs when our beds began to shake. The matching white pom-pom trim on our bedcovers […]

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The Lord Guides Us along the Right Paths

Vision 195 Spotlight on Visión Para Vivir in Venezuela “Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29) Vanessa couldn’t rest. Amidst the familiar sounds of her house asleep, […]

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Turning Famine into Fertile Fields

People are people, no matter where in the world you travel. And Brazilians are no different. They worry about the economy, paying bills, putting food on the table, sending kids to school, and caring about their marriages and families. Brazilians long for practical application of spiritual truths that will shore up their lives and relationships. […]

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A Valid Life

I had a long conversation recently with a man I had just met, and he had a theory about human nature. He asked me if I knew what the basic requirements of life were, and of course we soon agreed on the traditional list of water, food and shelter. “Ah, but!” says he, with a […]

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The Other Side of Letting Go

It was the ultimate test of faith. God told Abraham to sacrifice his son. “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much . . . and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” (Genesis 22:1–2) God’s words pound against our ears like […]

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Be a Part of Something Phenomenal!

When God is doing something phenomenal—something extraordinary—you have to be part of it! When the Magi saw the star, they had to follow it. When Peter and John heard that the tomb was empty, they ran to see. When the Holy Spirit empowered the disciples at Pentecost, they turned the world upside down. Is God […]

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Wisdom and the Unsent Letter

Rash reactions are never best. In the moment, when we’re swimming in emotions and anger threatens to pull us under, a sudden outburst feels best. But if we give in, we say and do things we wish we’d never said or done. I remember, years ago, a certain man would write railing letters to me. […]

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The Value of Good Counsel

Holding my speed, two miles per hour is appropriate for passing a moored boat. Doing everything right as far as I can tell. The bridge ahead is flanked by trees and the shade of the evening light casts darkness beyond the bridge’s far side, but I can see well enough to know there are no […]

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