In Exodus 19, God calls the Israelites to a gathering in the middle of the wilderness. He proceeds to reemphasize His covenant with them, reminding them that if they remained faithful and obedience to Him, they would always remain His special people. Continuing His speech, God gives them ten particular guidelines for living and other instructions…

Have you used headphones to listen for a specific sound? They help to block out other competing noises. We see this when people are exercising or working in a public space. To help us focus, we reduce or eliminate all other sounds to give our full attention to one particular sound. God is able to…

In the previous issue, we looked at the importance of diligence. There is another reason why we need to practice being diligent in everything: The little things matter to God. There are times we may dismiss the little things. We falsely believe that they don’t matter or they’re too insignificant to fuss with. The trouble comes when…

I received a text message from a friend who was returning home from vacation. I anticipated reading that they were home safely, and ready for a sweet nap after an early morning of travel. If only this was the case. Instead, my screen contained stunning video footage of an apartment complex with significant fire damage….

We were created with the ability to think. At times, our thoughts are fantastic. We can think of uniquely personal ways to make a loved one smile. Give a blank canvas to an artist and they can think of numerous ways to fill it. The fashion-forward trendsetter can think of multiple wardrobe combinations from ten basic…

One of the greatest challenges is to pray for those we aren’t fond of and for our enemies. If a friend requests prayer, we can seemingly bring down heaven with our words. We may even find it easier to pray for ourselves and even strangers. But when it comes to certain people? We tend to pray…

The notification of a photo message was intriguing. Surprised by something they’d seen, my friend thought to share it with me. The image showed a screenshot of information shared in a social media space. Initially, it looked like advertising for the Mobile ABC Christian Store and its Winnipeg stop. I kept reading. In addition to…

There is a claim that absence makes the heart grow fonder. It is true at times. As we’re separated from our loved ones for a while, our hearts start craving our precious, more dearest people. We miss the good moments, the comforting feelings that come with being close. But there are also times when the heart…

“How can you believe every word in the Bible?”  This question was asked of an old missionary by some theology students years ago. Using a relatable illustration, the old missionary began to respond. He told his listeners that whenever they traveled, they prepared according to what is printed on the train schedule. If it says the…

She’d been anticipating this moment since waking up. It was smoothie time. Out came the blender and some other favorite ingredients. She was all set. A feeling of dread started to creep into her as she grabbed a carton from the fridge. Either she’d gained Samson-like strength overnight or the milk was nearly empty. She…

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