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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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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East Meets West (by Mart DeHaan)

Read: Romans 14:1–12 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? Romans 14:4 When students from Southeast Asia met a teacher from North America, the visiting instructor learned a lesson. After giving his class their first multiple-choice test, he was surprised to find many questions left unanswered. While handing back...

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Not the One (by Poh Fang Chia)

Read: 1 Chronicles 17:1–4, 16–25 Do as you promised, so that it will be established and that your name will be great forever. 1 Chronicles 17:23–24 David had drawn up the plans. He designed the furniture. He collected the materials. He made all the arrangements (see 1 Chron. 28:11–19). But...

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Loving Perfectly (by Poh Fang Chia)

Read: 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 [Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7–8 Her voice shook as she shared the problems she was having with her daughter. Worried about her teenager’s questionable friends, this concerned mum confiscated her daughter’s mobile phone and chaperoned her...

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One of Us (by David McCasland)

Read: Hebrews 2:9–18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18 At the memorial service for Charles Schulz (1922–2000), creator of the beloved Peanuts comic strip, friend and fellow cartoonist Cathy Guisewite spoke of his humanity and compassion....

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All of Me (by Tim Gustafson)

Read: Matthew 27:45–54 Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1 Young Isaac Watts found the music in his church sadly lacking, and his father challenged him to create something better. Isaac did. His hymn “When I Survey...

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