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    Stay Awhile

    During a discussion of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, a teenager said he prefers his stories in books rather than movies. When asked why, the young man replied, “With a book, I can stay there as long as I want.” There is something to be said for the power of lingering in a book, especially the Bible, and “inhabiting” the stories there.

    Hebrews 11, often called “the faith chapter” of the Bible, mentions nineteen people by name. Each one traveled a road of difficulty and doubt, yet chose to obey God. “All these people were still living by faith…

    Taking the First Step

    Tham Dashu sensed something was missing in his life. So he started going to church—the same church his daughter attended. But they never went together. In earlier days, he had offended her, which drove a wedge between them. So, Tham would slip in when the singing started and leave promptly after the service ended.

    Church members shared the gospel story with him, but Tham always politely rejected their invitation to put his faith in Jesus. Still, he kept coming to church.

    One day Tham fell gravely ill. His daughter plucked up the courage and wrote him a letter. She shared how Christ…

    The power of love and forgiveness

    God’s love, grace, and forgiveness covers all our sin and shame. It also teaches us what it means to forgive others. John found out that no matter what you’ve done, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, God has a plan for your life. After several devastating losses, Liz could have become withdrawn and bitter, […]

    What I’ve Gained From Memory Loss

    The very poor memory of the fish, Dory, in the Pixar blockbuster Finding Nemo, may make her character cute and loveable to most. On my bad days, however, she is my celebrity doppelganger.

    The Day I Forgave My Abusive Father

    I used to hate my father. In my eyes, he was a compulsive gambler, a hypocrite and someone not worthy of being a father.

    “He is the God of what is left.”

    Where do you turn when you’ve been knocked down so many times you don’t think you can possibly get back up again? Pam describes how she finally surrendered, then found herself lifted up in a way she never thought possible. A resource just for you: Hymns for the Christian Life music DVD by The Gettys. […]

    Forgiven Debt

    John Oliver, the host of HBO’s popular TV show Last Week Tonight, made the news when he forgave fifteen million dollars in debt. He did this to show the unsavory nature of buying debt and collecting on it. He purchased the massive debt at the price of just $.004 for every dollar. Because he owned the debt, Oliver had the legal right to collect it. Instead, he generously abolished it.

    Should I Forgive?

    I arrived early at my church to help set up for an event. A woman stood crying at the opposite end of the sanctuary. She’d been cruel and gossiped about me in the past, so I quickly drowned out her sobs with a vacuum cleaner. Why should I care about someone who didn’t like me?

    When the Holy Spirit reminded me how much God had forgiven me, I crossed the room. The woman shared that her baby had been in the hospital for months. We cried, embraced, and prayed for her daughter. After working through our differences, we’re now good friends.

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    How A Preacher I Didn’t like Convicted me

    “But if not for the grace of God, I am finished!” said the speaker at my church one Sunday.

    Why Forgive?

    When a friend betrayed me, I knew I would need to forgive her, but I wasn’t sure that I could. Her words pierced deeply inside me, and I felt stunned with pain and anger. Although we talked about it and I told her I forgave her, for a long time whenever I’d see her I felt tinges of hurt, so I knew I still clung to some resentment. One day, however, God answered my prayers and gave me the ability to let go completely. I was finally free.

    Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith, with our Savior extending…

    A Family Crisis that Redeemed Me

    Three years ago, I was involved in a family dispute. My willful, unforgiving, and prideful character deeply hurt my family and it reached a stage that I eventually left home.

    Loving like Jesus loves

    Tough love is true love. But it’s not always comfortable. Today on Discover the Word,  the group will finish their two-week look at Paul’s short New Testament letter to Philemon and examine how we love. It’s the last conversation exploring a “Plea from a Friend”! It’s a tough request that tests how serious Philemon was […]

    Why I Kept Failing to Truly Forgive

    Forgiveness always felt like a mind game. When people hurt me, I would tell them that I forgave them. But the truth was I was rarely able to move on from painful experiences.

    Moving Past Memories

    When artist Gary Sweeney decided to sell the home his family had owned for seventy years, he created a unique way of saying goodbye. Sweeney selected and enlarged one hundred family photos, placing them on pieces of plywood. He attached the plywood to the home’s exterior—covering the entire structure in memories.

    Restoration of our brokenness

    Pornography is one of the most common addictions in our world today, ensnaring millions and destroying countless marriages. But Jon and Nicole discovered hope and healing in Christ. They share how God’s forgiveness and restoration changed their marriage forever.