Devotional Day 9: Be in the Word (#fhbloggers)

He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother. - Esther 2:7a (ESV) It has often been said that if we would strictly adhere to principles in the Word of God, we wouldn’t need a welfare system. Esther adds credence to that sentiment. When her mother and […]

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Ana in front of home

Savings groups: Keeping women out of sex trade

Her name is Ana. And praise God, she has not become a prostitute. She found a better way to make money. Ana lives in Mozambique, where she was once a young married woman. But the years went on, and there was no baby. Her husband divorced her as a result. Under the dual shame of […]

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Devotional Day 8: Don’t Assume You’re on the Right Path (#fhbloggers)

But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. - Acts 8:3 (ESV) What is often overlooked about Saul/Paul is that he was present at the stoning of Stephen. In fact, he held the coats of those who carried out the evil deed. To say […]

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Sponsor Letter

3 ways to give your sponsored child confidence

There are many ways to change a child’s life for the better. But when you sponsor a child, you participate in and encourage a child to develop in challenging circumstances. Here are three simple, bold and slightly radical ways you can help influence your sponsored child’s confidence and hope: 1. Where regular mail matters Okay, […]

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Devotional Day 7: Simple Steps to Slaying Giants (#fhbloggers)

When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” – 1 Samuel 31-32 (ESV) When David went to visit his brothers as the armies of the […]

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Devotional Day 6: Nurture Your Relationships (#fhbloggers)

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited His people and given them food. – Ruth 1:6 (ESV) When Elimelech left Bethlehem with his family, he had no idea he was laying the foundation for one of the greatest love […]

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Devotional Day 5: Serving Others (#fhblogger)

But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. – Mark 10:43b-44 (ESV) Though not a Christian, Mahatma Ghandi’s well-known quote is sobering: “I like your Christ. I don’t like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.” Most of us have undoubtedly quipped, […]

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Guns or butter to battle jihad in Africa?

Guns or butter: responding to jihadists in Africa

A cursory search of the major media giants (e.g., The New York Times and The Washington Post) over the past two days reveals an interesting array of articles on the growing might of jihadists in Africa, and the U.S. and international responses to that threat. The responses run the gamut from the use of U.S. […]

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Devotional Day 4: Humility Before the Lord (#fhbloggers)

Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” – John 13:8 (ESV) Today’s reading is one of the more intriguing portions of Scripture – it’s about humility. In Jewish tradition, the foot washer was the lowest rung on the […]

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Devotional Day 3: Needs Versus Wants (#fhbloggers)

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. – Acts 4:34-35 (ESV) There was a family who had an interesting rule […]

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