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  • From One Kingdom to Another

    Rachel Chimits
    December 12, 2019

    Tragedy, by every earthly standard, struck one missionary family, but for their church and community, it has become a reminder of legacy and God’s sovereignty.

    Brendan and Melissa Perrott both had successful careers and a comfortable home in Edmonton, Canada. The parents of two toddlers, they were the family with the picture-perfect life.

    However, Brendan and Melissa felt called to leave everything behind.

  • Evidence of the Resurrection: The Appearances

    Evan Wilkerson
    December 11, 2019

    The most important claim for Christianity is that Jesus has risen, a claim that have been tested and tried throughout the history of Christianity.

    The claim that Jesus rose from the dead is the reason the church still stands.

    When Jesus’ followers witnessed him die on a cross, they were utterly defeated. Yet, only three days later, the triumphant news, “I have seen the Lord!” would begin to rapidly spread (John 20:18). 

  • Advent: To Sing the Song of Mary

    Rachel Chimits
    December 6, 2019

    The second Sunday of Advent turns to examine Mary’s faith and how believers can learn from her choices.

    Malachi’s an odd little book, only four chapters long and at the tail end of the Old Testament. It’s not much fun to read, to be quite honest. There’s lots of rebelling, judgment and general unhappiness.

  • When the Light Shines Through

    Natasha Likollari
    December 5, 2019

    In one of Albania’s Roma villages, gospel living is changing the face of the town and people’s outlook on their future.

    Latif is a leader in the Roma, or gypsy, community. He has served God for more than 15 years in his village, and his home has become a community center and church where people from the village gather. Everyone knows his door is open anytime, and God has done incredible work to heal many of his hometown’s troubles.

  • Maintaining the Engine of Discipline

    Rachel Chimits
    December 4, 2019

    Getting into a self-disciplined routine can feel so difficult but seem so easy for others, so what’s the secret to success?

    “I’ll never forget the feelings I experienced when two shiny new keys were pressed firmly into my trembling hands,” Gary Richmond recalled in his book A View from the Zoo. “They weren’t just any keys. These keys gave me access to all the cages at the Los Angeles Zoo.”

  • Going from Victim to Victor in Christ

    Olive Heywood
    December 3, 2019

    One young woman’s harsh childhood and rocky path in adulthood nearly claimed her life until Christ intervened to heal her broken heart.

    My name is Olive.

    When I was 7 years old, my parents separated. My father left for South Africa, and he refused to allow me to visit him. It would be three years before he finally invited me to see him. I was excited and hopeful that this marked a turn for our family, but the trip turned into a nightmare.

  • Confessions of a Modern-Day Pharisee

    Rachel Chimits
    December 2, 2019

    People these days often say, “Don’t judge” right before admitted questionable behavior, but is judging people’s choices always bad?

    I don’t much care for the parable of the prodigal son.

    Bratty, entitled younger sibling wreaks havoc on the household until he finally leaves to receive the just deserts of his poor choices. No Daddy and Mummy to the rescue, to cushion him from consequences.