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  • Autistic Children, Abandonment and Appointments With God

    Rachel Chimits
    October 17, 2019

    Two mothers struggling to raise their children with autism ended up finding strength in God and church community.

    “Nothing about autism is easy,” one contributor to Huffpost commented. “You can embrace it; you can find coping mechanisms and you can find small ways to make daily life a little easier. But that doesn't make autism easy.”

  • Living for a Taste of Heaven

    Rachel Chimits
    October 16, 2019

    The weakest of all weak things is virtue that has not been tested in the fire.” —Mark Twain

    Justo Thomas came from a coffee and coconut farm in rural Dominican Republic. Now he works at Le Bernardin, a three Michelin star restaurant in New York.

    “Good morning, chef,” every sous chef, line cook, pâtissier and stagiere says to him, almost reverently, as they come in for the day.

  • Escaping from the Battlefields of Iraq

    Rachel Chimits
    October 15, 2019

    One woman’s struggle to protect her children in the Middle East has taken them hundreds of miles from home.

    ISIS’s reign over Iraq was brutal in the rifts it caused between cultural subgroups and devastation it wrecked on innocents. Civilians were used as human shields; chemical attacks ravaged entire towns; Iraqi soldiers caught in the battles against religious extremists were tortured and executed.

  • Why Is Meditation in the Bible?

    Rachel Chimits
    October 14, 2019

    Anything that strays too close to New Age practices alarms most believers, and rightfully so, but some disciplines were ours before they were perverted by false spiritualism.

    Contemplative spirituality more or less teaches that true holiness and spiritual growth occur by contemplation of God through emptying your mind. The practice typically does not embrace the Bible; if any scripture is included, it’s out of context or very loosely paraphrased.

  • Freedom on Wheels

    Rachel Chimits
    October 10, 2019

    Without a wheelchair, life can be very hard for those with limited mobility, but some are reaching out to them with a gift that will open new doors and opportunities.

    Imagine having to crawl to get anywhere in your home.

    Imagine most business owners taking one look at you and shaking their heads, no matter how qualified you were. “No. We don’t have any work for you.”

  • Listening to the Right Voice

    Rachel Chimits
    October 9, 2019

    Church leaders talk a lot about discernment, but why is it so important and how do we know if we have it or not?

    In the early 70s, a New York housewife had several visions of “Jesus.” He was apparently accompanied by two Hindu spirits who gave her instructions.

  • The Water of Life

    Rachel Chimits
    October 8, 2019

    Those infected with HIV have many challenges ahead of them, but one of the most basic is the absolutely essential need for clean water. 

    Rhoda lives in some of the most remote areas of Kenya. During the dry season, “kaskazi” monsoons or hot northeast winds from the Persian Gulf make the normally arid savannahs a veritable dust bowl.

  • Running the Race Without Shame

    Rachel Chimits
    October 7, 2019

    God calls us to an abundant life in him, but many of us seem to get tripped up on our past and the deep heart wounds that hide there.

    A lot of people are at least passingly familiar with Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol. Very few have probably read the book, though, which is unfortunate since many of the finer nuances were cut out in translation to film.

  • Women With (Not in) Pornography

    Rachel Chimits
    October 4, 2019

    The discussion around pornography frequently focuses on men, and women who struggle in this area are often left unacknowledged and wondering if they’re alone in their painful addiction.

    At dinner with some friends and friends-of-friends, I turned to the woman beside me and asked what I felt was a fairly innocuous, get-to-know-you question. “So, what do you do for a living?”

    “I’m an erotic romance author.”