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God is My Refuge and Strength

April 30, 2013 8:53 AM

Last winter, as the snow fell and life became barren, my marriage followed suit. I can't pinpoint what changed. Perhaps it came from years of issues we thought were resolved yet really stayed just below the surface, ready to...

Beyond the Boston Bombings

April 17, 2013 8:24 AM

My heart sank when I opened my Google news feed to find videos and news stories of two explosions that went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday. “I dropped everything and started praying in the...

The Purpose of My Soul

March 25, 2013 9:07 AM

Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you. -Thomas Carlyle The view of tree-lined, snowcapped mountains, with Mt. Lassen towering above all, was majestic....

Pray for the New Pope

March 14, 2013 9:00 AM

The Roman Catholic Church has a new pope. Argentine Jorge Bergoglio, who has chosen the name Francis, has the distinction of being the first South American pope. I am not Catholic and have never been Catholic, but I take...

Back to the Basics

March 11, 2013 4:01 PM

I’m an introvert, so one of the hardest things in the world for me is initiating conversation. Icebreaker activities fall in a list of my top ten least favorite things to do, along with hailing a waiter for the...

Nothing is Impossible With God

February 20, 2013 9:02 AM

Rose Marie Miller doesn’t believe in retirement. At 88 and widowed, after serving communities around the world for decades alongside her pastor-husband, she now ministers to Asian women living in London eight months out of the year with World...

Why We Should Pray for the President

February 18, 2013 11:08 AM

Christian faith has painted broad strokes across the American political landscape throughout history. From the five references to God penned in the Declaration of Independence to President Nixon’s historic “God Bless America” sign-off on cable television in 1973, references...

TCW Verse of the Week: John 15:9

February 14, 2013 10:40 AM

Who doesn't yearn to know in their very marrow that God is their friend? Who doesn't want more peace? And who wouldn't like to handle life's difficulties and pain with equanimity? In Christ, surely such impossible-sounding desires are possible,...

Powerful Prayers for Peace and Rest

January 16, 2013 1:03 PM

It was late when I finally finished eating dinner. Tired and bleary-eyed from a long week at work, I opened the kitchen cupboard to put away my spaghetti leftovers and stopped suddenly. What am I doing? I shook my...

Connecticut School Shooting: There is Hope in the Midst of Suffering

December 17, 2012 8:46 AM

When I first heard the news about the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that left 27 individuals, including 20 elementary school students, dead, I was on my way to a Christianity Today staff Christmas...

How I Freed Myself from Biblical Limits

November 8, 2012 12:10 PM

It was nearing eight o’clock, and my sinful flesh was screaming for me to catch up on Grey’s Anatomy before drifting off to dreamland. On this particular evening, I nearly skipped my Beth Moore Bible study lesson, but something,...

Suffering 101: The Required Class We Wish We Could Ditch

October 11, 2012 8:38 AM

I must admit I wasn’t thrilled a few weeks back when my husband signed us up for an upcoming class at church. . .on the Book of Job. The teacher is great and the fellowship will be fantastic. But...

The Surprising Delight of Confession

January 31, 2012 4:06 PM

A few years ago amid swirling rumors of Tiger Woods’ infidelities, newsman Brit Hume waded in with a bold claim about Christianity: “The extent to which [Tiger] can recover seems to me depends on his faith. . . ....

When a Loved One Leaves the Faith

November 29, 2011 11:30 AM

Though her husband’s not a believer, a mother finds joy in passing on her Christian faith to her son who asks to be baptized and is enthusiastic about his faith. But somewhere along the journey from boy to man, he...

Praying for Hollywood

October 24, 2011 11:44 AM

Before turning to the more solitary confines of writing and editing, I worked as a professional actress. In college I felt strongly that Hollywood needed missionaries, undercover professionals to infiltrate the industry with the love, truth, and saving power of...

Does God Use Twitter?

October 4, 2011 2:28 PM

“Are you on Facebook?” “Yes, but I tweet.” “Me too. I’ve been so busy I have a twacklog.” I peeked over my menu to check out my daughter and her friend. “My tweighborhood has grown to 122 and I’ve reached...

Praying Grandparents

September 6, 2011 3:02 PM

This past summer, I had the privilege of watching two of my grandchildren for a week. Anticipating that time, I felt much fear and trembling. Did I have enough energy to keep up with two preschool kids? Would they...

God and the News

February 7, 2011 11:37 AM

I’m a news nerd. I listen to it almost constantly. I’ve had people tell me they don’t listen to the news anymore because it’s “all bad; it’s so depressing.” That it is. I can’t deny it. But there’s another reason...

Constant Distractions

May 25, 2010 2:00 PM

I love the movie Finding Nemo. Yes, it’s a delightful story with real truth packed in. But the reason I really love it is Dory, the blue tang fish with short-term memory loss. She has good intentions . . ....

Praying Together

October 21, 2009 2:11 PM

For years I attended a prayer group that included close friends. We prayed for one another, the church leadership, and for any needs we happened to know about. After one of these times, a friend said she was considering dropping...

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