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Raised By Praise

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Authored by Steve Hearts

When hearing the word “praise” in a spiritual context many of us might associate it with worship in a church service, or perhaps even personal gratitude to Jesus. And we wouldn’t be wrong; this is no doubt praising God. But the act of praising goes much further and deeper than that.

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The Rock for Your Life

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MariaD

Authored by Mara Hodler

I remember the day very well. I was nine years old and something happened with my parents. They made a decision I didn’t agree with, and for the first time in my life the thought that my parents may not always be right actually crossed my mind. It was just one of the many steps that a girl takes on the journey

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Are You a Mud Viewer or a Star Gazer?

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Tina

A Look at Bitterness, Part Three

Authored by Tina Kapp

This third and last part of “a look at bitterness” series covers a rather tricky subject: feeling “bitter” about yourself, whether it’s disliking the way you look, certain traits about yourself, or your

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The Solitary Stand

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Bonita

Authored by Jewel Roque

My son is practicing his reading. Every evening he pulls The Beginner’s Bible out and reads a couple of stories to me—like parents often do with their children, only for us it’s the other way around.

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Pursue Your Hobbies

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Authored by Steve Hearts (a guest contribution)
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Time is a precious gift. Every moment is meant to be valued, appreciated, and seen as the loan that it is. If we were aware of this fact as we should be, the way we use our time would probably be different than it actually is.

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The Value of Showing Up

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MariaD

Authored by Mara Hodler

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship lately. Friends are really special. They are different from family in that you get to choose your friends. On your Facebook account, you can choose to accept a friend request or decline it, and it’s somewhat the same way in real life. The fact that friendship is a choice is one

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The Sky's the Limit

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Tina

Authored by Tina Kapp

The English word “mission” was first used around 1598 when the Jesuits sent members abroad. It’s derived from the Latin missionem, meaning “act of sending.” In the Latin translation of the Bible, Christ uses the word several times when sending the disciples to preach in His name:

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You're Beautiful

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Bonita

Authored by Jewel Roque

It had been a stressful couple of weeks. Facing deadlines in my work and college classes was enough of a challenge, but some personal issues had come up with my family as well. An overwhelming feeling settled over my heart, like a dark shadow, sucking away the light and color from my world. My outlook

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It's All About the "Yes"

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Mariavr

Authored by Maria van Rheenen(a guest contribution)

“Thank you very much for delivering that message to me at the Barra beach in 2001; it changed my life. God bless you forever for that.”

I saw Rody’s message on my Facebook wall and my time

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Dead End or a Live Beginning

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Authored by Peter van Gorder (a guest contribution)

Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion.1

I have found that there is a big gap between secondhand and firsthand knowledge. The difference between hearing about someone else’s experience and it happening to you is as

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God Has a Plan

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Ado

Authored by Dan Roselle

Life can be difficult—no matter what your age, what society you live in, what your economic status is, or what your family is like. Everyone faces difficulties, and when we’re in the middle of those rough times, it’s not easy to keep the perspective that, “In spite of all this, God is able to work things out and accomplish His greater plan.” Each of us, at one time or

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The Payback

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Joyce

Authored by Gabriela Farmer (a guest contribution)

My husband, Jonathan, and I recently returned from an extended mission trip in South Africa, and have started to set up again in our hometown. It certainly hasn’t been easy to find new jobs and a place to live, while still having to keep up with the bills and payments that never seem to stop.

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Rolling Stones and Trusting God

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Ado

Authored by Dan Roselle

Recently, when undertaking a particular task, I began to get overwhelmed by the fact that the task was harder than I had anticipated, and that I wasn’t making much progress.

These and other concerns began to eat away at my mind until I finally took it to the Lord and poured out my fears and

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The Heart of a Hero

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Authored by T.M.

I remember memorizing Hebrews 11 as a child, which detailed quite a few gruesome ways to die: “They were stoned; they were [sawn] in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated—the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and [in] mountains, and in caves and holes in the

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Stressed Out

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Marie

Authored by Marie Story

I have a six-year-old nephew who loves video games. The other day I was sitting with him while he was playing a racing game on his Wii. The levels were getting progressively more difficult, the speed was faster, and the courses were more hazardous. As I watched him, I could see him getting more and more stressed—his face was getting red, his hands were getting sweaty, and he

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Thank You for My Eyes

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Deepa

Authored by Dia

On my good days I’ll run for an hour either early in the morning or around sunset. My concentration is often divided: paying attention to the road so I don’t injure myself, and listening to an audio book or music, praying for a friend, or organizing my thoughts and planning.

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Trusting in the Tossing

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Ado

Authored by Dan Roselle

“Help! I’m falling!”

Have you ever woken up from a dream in a cold sweat? You know the kind: you’re falling from a high building, or a vicious animal is chasing you and you can only run in slow motion.

Though I’ve never been one to fear much, I remember a fearful

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Faith and Comfort Zones

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Marie

Authored by Marie Story

I often hear people talking about “getting out of your comfort zone.” I hate hearing that. I admit, I like my comfort zones. I don’t like doing new things—especially if it’s something I don’t understand or don’t think I’ll do well at. I find it really difficult to take risks, even calculated risks, because risks are scary and uncomfortable.

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The Sound of Silence

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Deepa

Authored by Dia

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses.
And the voice I hear,
Falling on my ears
The Son of God discloses
And He walks with me

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