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Wounds That Heal

After nine years of what I thought was a solid Christian marriage, I was confronted with the first of my husband, Wayne's, two adulterous affairs. Having been raised in a pastor's home, I couldn't comprehend why this was happening.

I had confided in a fellow church member—a friend I trusted. Unfortunately, the story of my husband's unfaithfulness began to spread throughout the congregation. I wondered how I would be able to heal. Feeling as though my world and my marriage were in shreds, I turned my grief inward.

I did not know how I could ever trust my husband again. I forgave over time, but forgiveness doesn't make us forget. However, as we forgive and begin to heal within ourselves, the pain lessens. read more

How Much for this Girl?

Slavery was outlawed in America, but in lands where ther is only minimal exposure to christianity, women and girls are bought and sold every day.

Calcutta, India, has the lowest standard of urban living on the planet--and it's no wonder. Calcutta is named after Kali, the goddess of destruction, the most feared and most loved of Hinduism's 300 million gods.

In Women of the 10/40 Window, Lorry Lutz describes the statue of Kali that stands in a temple in Calcutta. The statue wears a garland of skulls and serpents. Her four arms hold an axe, a trident and a severed human head. Blood flows from her tongue as she stands astride the corpse of her consort, Shiva. Devotees cast garlands at her feet, pleading for her favor and protection. read more

Finding Destiny In The Wasteland

AFTER YEARS OF PREPARATION, GOD BIRTHED A CHURCH WHERE THOSE DEEMED UNREACHABLE COULD BE DELIVERED AND CHANGED.


In 1988 I received a prophetic word that changed my life. I was told, "You will pastor in a neighborhood that has become a waste place. The church building will need a facelift, but God will supernaturally provide for the renovation."

The prophetess who had come to me went on to tell me that people would travel from around the nation to receive deliverance from spiritual bondage at the church. And she explained how God would physically and spiritually restore the neighborhood nearby. read more

Will You Believe?

Three years ago, after a biopsy on my left tonsil, I was diagnosed with cancer. Because of the location of the tumor, my doctor recommended radiation therapy rather than removal.

If the procedure failed to decrease the size of the tumor, radical, disfiguring surgery was proposed as the next step. According to man's report, there was not much of a choice, but I knew God's Word said, "By His stripes we are healed" (Is. 53:5, NKJV).

During the radiation treatments, I continued to seek the Lord. Each night I would lie awake and spend hours just listening to Him. read more

Touching The World From Her Own Backyard

MYRTLE AMUNDSON DISCOVERED THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY TO BE A MISSIONARY. GOD CAN BRING THE WORLD'S UNCHURCHED TO YOU.

Lord, cause me to hear Your prophetic Word for my life today. And lead me to places and peoples who need to receive that Word--even at the risk of being thought a fool."

This prayer is tucked inside Myrtle Amundson's Bible. It's part of a list of prayers from The Calling, a book by Brother Andrew, founder of Open Doors ministry, and Myrtle has seen God answer it in her life. In fact, He's given her an unusual calling that enables her to touch many countries of the world without leaving her own backyard. read more

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There's No Such Thing As Retirement

AT 80 YEARS OLD, ELEANOR WORKMAN IS STILL FEEDING, HOUSING AND TEACHING HUNDREDS OF ORPHANS IN HAITI.

Childhood is supposed to be a carefree, idyllic time, a time of making happy memories to cherish and remember throughout life. Not so for the children of Haiti, where most youngsters, even 4- and 5-year-olds, can be found carrying water jugs on their heads, baby-sitting, running errands or cleaning house. Statistics show that in this, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, about half the children die before age 5 because of starvation, malnutrition or exposure to disease and inclement weather. Many are abandoned by their parents or orphaned and left to roam the streets, begging for food.

But amid the destitution, political upheaval, voodoo worship and witchcraft that hangs like a heavy, dark cloud over this small island in the West Indies, there is an angel by the name of Eleanor "Mom" Workman who relies on the power of God to save--both physically and spiritually--as many of Haiti's children as possible. read more

The Wounded Dancer

"MISS JEANNINE" LACQUEMENT FINDS RESPITE FROM THE PAIN OF A DEBILITATING ILLNESS WHEN SHE TEACHES THE CHILDREN OF FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, TO WORSHIP THE LORD THROUGH DANCE.

Agroup of 4- and 5-year-old children stand on the platform moving gently to the music and doing graceful sign language with their hands. They are watching their teacher, Miss Jeannine, who is leading them from the floor.

As they dance, their faces are lit by an inner light that speaks of a deep intimacy with Jesus. This is liturgical dance at its best--children dancing as an integral part of the service. read more

Presidential Proclamation--National Day of Prayer

A PROCLAMATION

Throughout our history, whether in times of great joy and thanksgiving, or in times of great challenge and uncertainty, Americans have turned to prayer.  In prayer, we have expressed gratitude and humility, sought guidance and forgiveness, and received inspiration and assistance, both in good times and in bad.

 On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation.  Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation.  Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.

 We are blessed to live in a Nation that counts freedom of conscience and free exercise of religion among its most fundamental principles, thereby ensuring that all people of goodwill may hold and practice their beliefs according to the dictates of their consciences.  Prayer has been a sustaining way for many Americans of diverse faiths to express their most cherished beliefs, and thus we have long deemed it fitting and proper to publicly recognize the importance of prayer on this day across the Nation.

 Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid.  Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders. 

Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place.  As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day. Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness.  Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2010, as a National Day of Prayer.  I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I invite all people of faith to join me in asking for God's continued guidance, grace, and protection as we meet the challenges before us.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

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Where Did He Get That Idea?


When my children were very young, we had a hamster named Adam. When Adam died the children were heartbroken, so we had a funeral service for him and buried him in the flower garden.

The next day, I discovered my son, Jason, digging up the dead hamster. Surprised, I asked him, "What are you doing?"

Jason answered, "I wanted to see if he's gone to heaven yet."
Judy Fielder read more

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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