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The Joy of a Community in Christ

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If, at the end of my life, I can point to a single common thread that God has woven throughout my life, I’d be willing to bet it is community. I’ve only lived 25 years of life so far, but that...
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In Everything I Do

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We have all heard that actions speak louder than words. Whether you believe it, you have already influenced someone’s life in ways you may never know. The question is, how? For me, this question...
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Everyday Means of Grace

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The guys in my small group will never forget that night. The night that I am referring to was one of our many guys’ night out at the cabin by the lake. But this night was special. It wasn’t the...
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Helping Children Meet Jesus

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She was a first-time visitor to our class sitting beside me in the “big room” upstairs on the third floor. We were listening to Pastor John speak when suddenly I felt her nudge my side. I turned...
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Praying the Psalms

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We all know studying God’s Word and praying are essential elements of the Christ-follower’s life. These two disciplines can also work together hand-in-hand when we not only practice them...
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Alongside Our Foster Families

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Our small group had been talking about wanting to serve together in some way for a while. We just hadn’t figured out how that would work until one of our small group leaders brought us the idea of...
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Oaks of Righteousness

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So here I was – God had me pinned to the mat. I could do nothing but obey and submit.
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The Prodigal Son, Dr. Suess, and an Inflatable Pig

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My first experience with Rock the Block (RTB) can only be labeled as exceptionally unexpected. We were in the first year of our Small Group’s existence, and we organized our inaugural RTB week in...
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Fishing for Men

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I met Mohammed* and Abdullah*, teenage brothers from a Muslim family, when I knocked on the front door of their home and offered to pray for them. God had been at work in their hearts, and they had...
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When Missions Lets You Down

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I remember the first time I went to East Asia on a mission trip. As I walked the bustling streets, I could feel the weight of lostness. I remember the excitement I felt as I bridged a conversation...
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Work From the Heart

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I grew up in a church-going family, and whenever the doors were opened, we were there. But at the age of 16, I dropped out and didn’t attend another worship service for 35 years.
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Just in Time

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I am constantly humbled and amazed at the places and people that God presents to us to carry out His work and plan.
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A Long-Awaited Union

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My life was awesome in 1996. I had a job that many could only dream about. I was the Assistant Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox. I grew up in Norman, Oklahoma, and things like this...
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Broken Plans

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I had a plan for how life was supposed to work. As a girl who had grown up on the mission field, graduated from Bible college, and married a man in pastoral ministry, my life was mapped out. I would...
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A Drink of Living Water

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When I first I started the ministry in my village, it was very difficult for me to share the gospel with villagers because they hated Christianity so much.
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A Bright Star

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Vijay came to Bright Star House 10 years ago, a young boy who lost both of his parents to HIV/AIDS. After his parents’ death, none of his relatives wanted to take care of him. They were afraid of...
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Make Your Life Count

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In the remote hill tribes of Northern Vietnam, we were researching people groups for a mission agency. That particular day, we were traveling down a jeep track that attempted to follow a river as it...
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Sustained by His Faithfulness

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In 1986 we had an earthshaking spiritual awakening. We were finally, after 25 years of marriage, on the same page spiritually and going in the same direction – a great joy to both of us.
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In Our Sorrow

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In the spring of 2001, Tim and Linda Flowers decided to take their two kids, Melanie (15) and Daniel (11), to visit their families in their hometown of Demopolis, Alabama. They had no way of knowing...
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The Gift of Relationship

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It was the summer of 1999, and I had just finished my freshman year of college at Texas A&M. As part of a student exchange program, my job for the next three months landed me in North Carolina.
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Solo Por Gracia – By Grace Alone

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The first time I heard the gospel was in Mexico. I was visiting several apartment complexes looking for a new apartment for my family. While I was looking, I visited one complex where some people were...
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When Following Jesus Isn't Easy

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By God's grace, my career of following Jesus has been pretty simple up until this year. Sure, I was still occasionally tempted to sin and probably should have been working through things from my life...
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Carrying One Another’s Burdens

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Grief by definition is intense sorrow. I would describe becoming a widow as a deep pain throughout your mind, body, and soul. It felt like an amputation of half of my body. It took time and resting in...
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Prayer Matters

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Sixteen years ago, I drove to an unfamiliar church and sat down among a dozen or so women. Looking back, I can say that was the start of a journey that has changed my life.
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