Godliman Street (by David Roper)

Read: 1 Samuel 9:1–10 “Look, in this town there is a man of God.” 1 Samuel 9:6 My wife, Carolyn, and I were walking in London and came across a road named Godliman Street. We were told that a man once lived there whose life was so saintly that his

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What Lasts Forever? (by Poh Fang Chia)

Read: Psalm 102:25–28 You remain the same, and your years will never end. Psalm 102:27 My friend, who had gone through many difficulties recently, wrote, “As I reflect on the past four semesters of student life, so many things have changed . . . . It is scary, really scary.

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Kossi’s Courage

Read: 2 Kings 23:12–14, 21–25 You shall have no other gods before me. . . . You shall not bow down to them or worship them. Exodus 20:3, 5 As he awaited his baptism in Togo’s Mono River, Kossi stooped to pick up a worn wooden carving. His family had

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His Word the Last Word (by David McCasland)

Read: Psalm 63:1–11 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 63:6–7 Dawson Trotman, a dynamic Christian leader of the mid-twentieth century and founder of The Navigators, emphasized

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A Heart of Compassion (by Dave Branon)

Read: Colossians 3:12–17 Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 Seven of us were attending a musical production at a crowded amusement park. Wanting to sit together, we tried to squeeze into one row. But as we did, a woman rushed between us. My wife mentioned

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Behind the Scenes (by Kirsten Holmberg)

Read: Daniel 10:1–14 Your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. Daniel 10:12 My daughter sent a text message to a friend, in hopes of having a question answered quickly. Her phone’s messaging service showed that the recipient had read the message, so she waited anxiously

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When Yes Means No (by Xochitl E. Dixon)

Read: Romans 8:22–28 I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1 I thanked God for the privilege of serving as my mom’s live-in caregiver during her battle against leukemia. When medicines began to hurt more than help, she decided to stop treatment. “I don’t

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The Greatest Invitation (by David McCasland)

Read: Isaiah 55:1–7 Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Isaiah 55:1 During a recent week, I received several invitations in the mail. Those inviting me to attend “free” seminars on retirement, real estate, and life insurance

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Life and Death (by Amy Boucher Pye)

Read: Genesis 50:22–26 I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid. Genesis 50:24 I will never forget sitting at the bedside of my friend’s brother when he died; the scene was one of the ordinary visited by the extraordinary. Three of us were talking quietly

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Trial by Fire (by Amy Peterson)

Read: James 1:1–12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life. James 1:12 Last winter while visiting a natural history museum in Colorado, I learned some remarkable facts about the aspen tree. An entire grove of slender,

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Bearing Good Fruit (by Peter Chin)

Read: Psalm 1:1–3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season. Psalm 1:3 The view from my airplane window was striking: a narrow ribbon of ripening wheat fields and orchards wending between two barren mountains. Running through the valley was a

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Image Management (by Sheridan Voysey)

Read: Isaiah 43:1–9 You are precious and honored in my sight, and . . . I love you. Isaiah 43:4 To celebrate Winston Churchill’s eightieth birthday, the British parliament commissioned artist Graham Sutherland to paint a portrait of the celebrated statesman. “How are you going to paint me?” Churchill reportedly

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