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The Tangled Web

It was impossible to accept, but now the glaring evidence was undeniable. My husband of more than 25 years had been unfaithful to me for a long time.

A chill crept over me as I stared at the computer screen in disbelief. I struggled to comprehend the e-mail I had just opened. It was clearly a love letter, and its contents made it obvious the writer and addressee had been intimate over a long period of time. The incomprehensible part: This e-mail was signed by my husband--and it was not addressed to me.

The e-mail explained why, 10 days before, our lives had taken a devastating turn. We had spent a beautiful, sunny January day picnicking at a riverside park with our son. Later, after Trevor* had run off to play at a neighbor's and I had started cooking dinner, my husband, George*, appeared in the doorway of the kitchen, suitcase in hand. read more

Reclaiming The Arts For His Glory

MUSIC, DANCE AND DRAMA CAN CROSS EVERY LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL BARRIER EFFORTLESSLY. IT'S TIME TO HARNESS THE POWER OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION FOR THE LORD.


More than 20 years ago, I sat down to write a dramatic musical treatment on the passion of Christ for my church choir to perform at Easter. While I was casting the vision for what would become the production The Man Called Jesus, a young man in the tenor section instantly shot up his hand for permission to speak.

"Mrs. Umidi, Mrs. Umidi!" he said. "God spoke to me and told me to tell you that someday hundreds of thousands of people would see your production!" read more

What Do We Do For An Encore?


Back in the 1950s I traveled with a choir from our Bible school to several pioneer churches in northern Alberta, Canada. At one small church, after a warm reception, we stood on the platform to sing our opening number.

We young folk gave it all the enthusiasm we could muster as we began singing, "All hail the power of Jesus' name." But when we got to the line, "Let angels prostrate fall," suddenly the back of the platform fell in, and all the boys in the back row disappeared. We girls were left teetering on the ledge.

Fortunately, no one was hurt. But it was some time before order and dignity were restored to the service.
Hazel Grace Thompson read more

Out With the Old, In With the New


Jesus used the ancient figure of the wineskins to warn His hearers against the soul-shrinking thought and life patterns of the traditionalists (see Luke 5: 33-39). Not long ago, I saw how His warning about old wineskins applied to my own life. A cluster of personal failures brought me face to face with frightening signs that my once-new wineskins were becoming old and brittle.

The first incident occurred when I was ridiculed along with several charismatic friends in a published work assailing the most visible leaders in this movement. The broadsides were volleyed by a man I consider a friend, notwithstanding his anti-charismatic posture. read more

Watch Your Step!


Years ago at my brother's church, a slight, very shy young man was learning to pass the plate for the offering. The pews were far enough apart that he could walk between them with the plate.

However, one day, as he passed the plate, he arrived at two very plump and jolly older ladies. He attempted to get by them but slipped and fell across their laps.

The plate and the money went flying. And because of their silky dresses, the young man slid down to the floor. read more

The Day I Didn't Feel Like Laughing

I WAS SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY DRAINED FROM THE CHRONIC PAIN THAT TORE AT MY BODY. BUT THE GREATER ONE ON THE INSIDE STILL GAVE ME VICTORY OVER MY ENEMY.

My eyes fluttered open, and I was jolted awake. My heart seemed as if it were pounding out of my chest.

Where was I? Nothing looked familiar. Was I in a motel room? read more

The Best of All Gifts

THE ABSENCE OF FAMILY, FRIENDS AND HOLIDAY TRAPPINGS DAMPENED MY CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. BUT MY BABY DAUGHTER HELPED ME TO FOCUS ON WHAT WAS TRULY IMPORTANT.

It was a Saturday night, just two weeks before Christmas 1998, and instead of marching through the malls in search of gifts and glitter, I found myself driving along a dark country road with my precious 19-month-old daughter, Olivia. This was more than a road trip. My husband and I were moving from western Wisconsin to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where Don's new job was taking us away from our home of over 10 years.

There were no Christmas parties this year, only packing sessions. And I was less than thrilled with the idea of moving to what I considered a too-remote area in a too-cold climate. In fact, I was having a hard time hearing God's voice on the matter. "If I could just get a sense of purpose for this place, maybe I wouldn't feel so gray about it," I prayed. read more

Faith on the Ice and Snow

KELLY CLARK (USA) SNOWBOARDING

Kelly Clark refers to it as "the fall heard around the world."

Entering the 2006 Winter Olympics, Clark was the odds-on favorite to repeat as gold medalist in the snowboarding halfpipe event. But even though a nasty spill erased that dream, a decision to accept Christ two years earlier provided a much softer landing. "If I hadn't had that shift in my life, I think my world would have come crumbling down," Clark says.

Prior to 2004, Clark's life was consumed by snowboarding. Her world-class journey started as a 7-year-old at Vermont's Mount Snow ski resort and has resulted in a globetrotting career chock-full of jaw-dropping medal performances. read more

Pat Robertson's Statement About Haiti

On Jan.13 during The 700 Club segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Pat Robertson also spoke about Haiti's history (see video below). His comments were based on the widely discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caïman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history combined with the horrible state of the country has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God's wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Robertson's compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti during the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications, which are now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders will immediately begin operations to ease the suffering. - Chris Roslan, spokesman for Pat Robertson.


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Victory in Grief

It was a long, exhausting drive from my Lafayette home to my mother's bedside in the small Alabama town where I grew up. Nothing in my years as a pastor's wife or my experience as a registered nurse had prepared me for this journey.

Twice in 1997, the Great Physician had intervened, astonishing the medical doctors, who had offered no hope. Prayer had prevailed, and my mother's life had become a living testimony to the entire hospital staff of God's miraculous healing power.

Shuttling back and forth across the endless miles for the last few months had taken a huge emotional and physical toll on me. Mother's wish not to live with me during this time was a decision that I honored but agonized over. read more

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