In the action film series, The Bourne Identity, Jason Bourne, an unstoppable assassin for the CIA, is on a rogue quest to discover his true identity and untangle himself from an evil conspiracy. Formerly known as David Webb, a man who was moved to sacrificially join the military and serve his country, he involuntarily becomes the executioner known as Jason, after being mistreated and brainwashed by the government.Read More
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Think about how hard it is for us, in 2018, to rest one day a week, as God prescribed at creation. No surfing the internet, cleaning, shopping, or running kids around. Just pure enjoyment—taking a walk, eating around a table with friends and family, or relaxing with a novel.Read More
I can be a little neurotic at times, I’ll admit. Like when I shut off the lights, I wonder if I might go blind. I also feel panicky sleeping alone in the dark, and at 27 I’m embarrassed to confess that it’s not unusual for me to come home at 2 a.m. running madly into the house like an axe murderer is chasing me.Read More
What is life without celebration?
Typically, we only celebrate the pleasing aspects of life, but how can we also celebrate when we suffer? I’m sitting here asking myself this question, and I’m also wondering how I can share my story with you without any semblance of bitterness in my heart about what I went through during my battle with cancer.Read More
Jesus redefined greatness when He taught the disciples about serving others. They were arguing about who was the most important disciple or the greatest—even getting their mother involved with a request for one of them to sit at the right hand of God in heaven. To gently reveal their selfishness and pride, Jesus began to explain to them that those who are considered the least here on earth will actually be first in God’s paradigm (Luke 9:46). He also embodied this concept when, as God, He stooped down to wash their feet.Read More
Hearing God’s voice and discerning His will can be challenging. Yet, even in a loud, distracting world, His voice is persistent, as He speaks to us through the whisperings of the Holy Spirit during prayer, scripture reading, dreams, and visions. However, God doesn’t just speak to us during our individual moments with Him but also when we gather together as the body of
Christ (Matthew 18:20).
What do the first practical implantable Pacemaker, the Microwave Oven, Penicillin, the Ink-jet Printer, X-ray Images, Post-it Notes, and Potato Chips all have in common?
Give up? The answer is simple. All of these amazing inventions were created out of failure.Read More
Simplicity can be defined as “an inward reality that results in an outward lifestyle.” That’s what Mary Ellen Petini experienced when she gave up everything to serve for 15 years in Nepal caring for orphans. “It became my heart,” she says. “Saying goodbye to everything I owned was nothing in comparison to following Christ.”Read More
During the interview, we ended up throwing away my questions, engaging in introspective dialogue about the definition of worship, and sharing intimate stories about our lifelong struggles to really worship God the way our finite minds understand it. After an hour, I felt like I had enough content to chew on for an entire year, and the problem was how to pack it all into one, brief article.Read More
I was excited to have the opportunity to sit down with Matt’s wife, Nikki, and pick her brain about such questions. Since Nikki is now the mother of five beautiful children and the wife of a successful businessman, I was determined to learn how she and Matt went from a couple that abused alcohol and dismissed the idea of God to living a life together they could’ve never dreamed of apart from His merciful work in their lives.Read More
About thirty years ago, a good friend of mine put an old, dusty book in my hands with pages falling out called The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. I’m so grateful that she did because this book changed my life.Read More
I was sitting at my desk when I received a phone call from Ireland that my Godmother had died. She was young, and seemingly healthy, so when news broke out that she had collapsed of a sudden heart attack–dead–everyone was shocked. Robbed of the chance to secure one more hug or the opportunity to share words of love with her, I cried when I heard the news. I loved her. I don’t remember ever telling her that though; we just don’t do that in Ireland. I cried for her only daughter, Alice, too, whom I love.Read More
There was a time in my life when I didn’t know about the Bible, church, or Jesus—let alone what fasting and praying to Him involved. All of my ignorance, however, changed after a near-fatal car accident on December 27, 1971, when I encountered God for the very first time.Read More
During the early years at ccdelco, ministry training was offered, so I decided to sign up for the class. We were instructed to take a Spiritual Gifts Evaluation in order to identify our gifts. The results showed that my primary gift was intercession. At that point, my prayer life involved begging God and pleading rather than thanking and believing Him for the answers to prayer I was seeking. These prayers were too shallow and needed more depth—so I cried out to Jesus for understanding.Read More
IT’S GOING TO GET UNCOMFORTABLE. YOU CAME HERE TO GET BETTER. CHALLENGE YOURSELF. FOCUS. DIG IN. GIVE ME EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT. YOU’VE GOT TO FEEL IT TO SEE IT. YOU’RE ALMOST THERE. STAY WITH IT UNTIL THE END.
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We see references to food scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments. Bread is mentioned 466 times; cooking 27 times; drink 452 times; food 1,207 times; and meals 354 times. Plant resources are mentioned from the get go in Genesis 1, and throughout the Bible we learn about various food offerings, land flowing with milk and honey, special diets (such as Daniel’s), provision of manna, and celebrations and feasts (e.g., Jewish customs, when Jesus turned water into wine). Food, drink, and nutrition for our physical bodies and how they impact us spiritually are clearly an important topic to our great God!Read More
It’s a little blurry thinking back to April 2017, which is no surprise because my mind was so sick back then. I always tried to tell people that I felt different. I often told them, “I can’t focus. I can’t make hard and fast decisions about simple things.”Read More
Ever since I was little, my parents showed me the beauty and importance of having a relationship with Jesus. I grew up going to church every Sunday and was heavily involved in youth group and mission work. Until I was 16 years old, things went very well for me.Read More