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The Seen and Unseen World

Paul wrote in Ephesians 6: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (ESV) This is a profound […]

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Mommy, When Can We Go Home?

There is a longing inside each one of us to go home. Whether it is a child away at camp or visiting grandma, or an adult on vacation or away on business, or a young soldier off to serve at a distant post, our hearts long to return to home. While we all feel that […]

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Fleeing to Find a Safe Place to Call “Home”

I have many choices living in America – but millions who suffer from religious persecution around the world don’t…  Have you ever felt like you had the perfect plan and you wake up the next morning and the plan had changed drastically? In the U.S. we are taught, “You can do anything you put your […]

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Filling the Food Gap in Ethiopia

Bugna district The late onset rainy season is about to cease. From a distance, all mountains and valleys look like they are covered with well-woven green and yellow carpets. It is breathtaking scenery. I am riding in a 4-wheel drive Toyota Land Cruiser from Lalibela to Ayina, a town in the Bugna district, in Amhara […]

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Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions

On the day I met Steve Corbett, he warned me about mold. It was September 2001, shortly after I had been accepted into the Hunger Corps program of Food for the Hungry (FH). Steve had just left his position at FH to join the faculty at Covenant College, and he had agreed to mentor a […]

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Building a Foundation For Life

The Word of God In the Bible, the term ‘foundation’ refers to the foundation of a building during construction and the foundation of reading, believing and practicing God’s Word. God wanted us to know that His word is the key for our development, starting when we are children. Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ […]

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A Thousand Pictures Tell A Single Word

I love photography! Out of any qualifying hobbies out there, being a shutterbug is definitely at the top of my list. It’s so intriguing to me that there’s a device that can literally capture a “slice” of time, even down to 1/1000 of a second. Any picture that’s ever been taken, since the invention of […]

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It is Better to Have Had a Roof and Sprung a Leak Than to Never Have Had a Roof At All

Obvious? Yes. Melodramatic? Maybe. True? Absolutely. How often do you give thanks for the roof above your head? Do you take for granted that it won’t leak when it rains? Living in Phoenix, Arizona, one might think that rain damage is one of the last things a homeowner needs to worry about. However, my experience […]

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Witch doctors and the Gospel

When you believe something for most of your life, it can be very hard to eventually realize it isn’t true. How do you reject the lifestyle you knew for so long, and suddenly start believing in something different? Believing the Lies Fidelina is from a Dominican Republic community where witchcraft is very common. She was […]

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Humanitarian Crises…Looking Beyond the Grim Statistics

  As an aid worker, I am often tempted to throw in the towel when I am faced with humanitarian situations that seem irreparable. When I visit communities and interact with hopelessness, suffering, pain, lost dreams as a result of war, disease, and mostly bad governance, I often find myself sighing, “It’s too broken. It […]

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