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Do I Have to Go to Church if I Become a Christian?
...you are expected to meet with other Christians.... (read more)

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The One with the Power
When Jesus lived on this earth, he did a lot of signs and miracles. One of the most amazing was witnessed by only a small group of Jesus' followers. Jesus was in the region of Galilee, near the large freshwater lake called Kinneret, the one sometimes call... (read more)

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Setting Up Your Family for the Future
I can start a spiritual heritage in my family right now. In fact, I have spiritually set up my family. You can too. ... (read more)

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Subject line of the email simply read, "Mini Brant Reunion". I received that note a few days after visiting my cousin and his wife on Long Island, a cousin I hadn't seen in 45 years. The gist of that brief email was that we should have a family reunion. T... (read more)
The Least of These
While on vacation in New York, a French tourist named Karine Valnais Gombeau was deeply moved by the number of homeless people she saw. When she noticed a disheveled-looking man searching through the trash near Grand Central Station, she quickly offered h... (read more)
How Can I Read Them All?
But God also knows that he has a message for you. The Bible.... (read more)
Have You Seen The Grand Canyon?
It was May 1982. Five of us were driving from Texas to Long Beach, California, to spend the summer working with a church there. We decided to drive "the northern route" (Interstate 40) so that we could stop by and see the Grand Canyon.... (read more)
I Am Begging You to Do One Thing
So I am begging you… Get back together with God. ... (read more)
A Call from God
Getting a call from God was unusual but not unheard of as one reads the Bible. However, if you were the recipient of such an interaction, life changed.... (read more)
God Wants Everybody To Be Saved
Pray for everybody. That's what the apostle Paul tells his friend Timothy in the second chapter of the book of the Bible we call 1 Timothy. He says to pray for kings and rulers so that "we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness... (read more)
You Can Stop Living in the Past
The future will always look better than our past.... (read more)
The Wise Men
So Christmas has come and gone. Or has it? The 12 days of Christmas don't end on December 25. They begin either on the 25th or 26th, depending on which region of the world you are in, and run right through Epiphany, on January 6.... (read more)
The Best New Year Ever
Jesus offers the one real chance to start over, to be forgiven, and to find purpose. ... (read more)
The Reason
Ordained by God, proclaimed by prophets, heralded by angels, and hoped for by His creations, the story of the Savior's birth still resonates today in the hearts of mankind.... (read more)
God With Us
Immanuel. A beautiful name that means "God with us." It's a name that we associate with Christmas, for it's mentioned in Matthew's telling of Jesus' birth. But Immanuel was actually someone who lived a long time before Jesus.... (read more)
Baby Jesus Grew Up... and then He Died
The cross is not cute, nor is it cuddly. But it is life.... (read more)
The Choirboys Led the Charge
The special troops that the king sent out were singers! These men marched at the front of the army, singing and praising God. They celebrated the victory that God had promised, even before it happened.... (read more)
Walk This Way
There are excuses and objections to overcome if you want to follow Jesus. But we walk on with purpose.... (read more)
Be Strong and Courageous
He had been the apprentice, assistant, the adjunct for years. Now it was time for him to be the leader of the raucous, nomadic, and hard headed group of under achievers. Now he was responsible…for everything. Whatever he decided would affect the lives o... (read more)
Be Careful Where You Build
If you're going to spend over $650,000 building a new house, there's one important thing to do before you begin: make sure you are building in the right place.... (read more)
Have You Stopped Believing in God?
But I do believe he loves us, does what is best, and is preparing us for a better life that never ends. ... (read more)
Choose This Day
"Choose this day…" Joshua, the leader of God's people, was addressing his countrymen. They had conquered the land that God had promised to give them and were ready to settle in their new homes. Now Joshua calls on them to make a choice.... (read more)
Of Course You Will Die
Because we believe in Jesus, we too will live again.... (read more)
The Family Resemblance
I have an interesting family heritage. My Dad's family lived in New York City and on "the Island". I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, some on the Union side, some on the Confederate side. Between my sophomore and Junior years in high school, I ... (read more)
Give Me this Hill Country
My friend Juan Monroy doesn't like to talk about age. "Man is not chronology," he says. "Man is biology. Age is just a number."... (read more)
You Get to Have Your Own Name
Nicknames are special names, names for people who are loved and belong, names given from people who love you. ... (read more)
The God Who Goes Before
It was about 3:00 in the morning on a windy, rainy night. I was standing in front of our language institute in Córdoba, Argentina. A middle-of-the-night phone call had yanked me out of bed; now I was in the company of two police officers, looking at the o... (read more)
Good People Need Jesus Too
But you are not heaven material. No one is that good. Except God. And his Son Jesus.... (read more)
Jonah and Nineveh
His story is recorded in Hebrew, Christian and Islamic literature. All three religions consider him a prophet of God Almighty. He is remembered for the fish story more than his persuasiveness to the citizens of a city.... (read more)
If You Can’t Trust a Panda
It was going to be a big moment: the first live broadcast of a giant panda giving birth. These popular animals, considered an endangered species, have a very low birth rate in the wild; this makes captive breeding programs extremely important. The broadca... (read more)
Jesus Knows Me, This I Love
He knows the good… and he knows the bad. And he loves us anyway.... (read more)
Touching Jesus
The woman wanted to be healed as well. She had heard of Jesus and the miracles he had done. She knew that no holy man would touch her on purpose… they wouldn't want to defile themselves in that way. She would have to find a way to be healed in secret. ... (read more)
Hooker to Hero
You may believe — or deep down want to believe — that the things you have heard about God and Jesus are true.... (read more)
Christian Graces
Two nurses pushed and steered the bed as we walked from one part of the hospital to another. The final destination was the Hospice floor and everyone in the slow moving procession knew what that meant; time was short. Her husband of 64 years, their only c... (read more)
A Place of Rest
Now a group of people gathered outside the house. Among them was Cleland McAfee, uncle of the dead girls, brother to the grieving father. A Presbyterian minister and hymn writer, McAfee brought comfort in the best way he knew how: comfort in song. He had ... (read more)
It Is Not Too Late
Becoming a Christian late in life will make a statement to your family about what matters.... (read more)
Sinners and Holy People
The Jews saw tax collectors as collaborators, for these men worked with the Roman occupiers of the Jewish homeland. In addition, the tax system left plenty of room for corruption, and tax collectors had earned a reputation for dishonesty.... (read more)
Lost and Found
He pointed out how happy everyone is when the lost thing is found. ... (read more)
A Fan
I am a baseball fan, and in spite of living in Texas Rangers country, I root for the New York Yankees. But to be honest, my Yankees were the teams from 1958-1964. The names of Howard, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Maris, Stengal, and Kubek remind me of my "wonder ... (read more)
When they are in the middle of a chase, the dogs become frustrated when they find a fence between them and their target. If the ground is soft enough, they quickly burrow under the obstacle and continue the chase.... (read more)
I Preached My Dad's Funeral
Because of that faith, I am confident I will see my Dad again. And I cannot imagine how I would have faced his funeral without that confidence.... (read more)
The Night I Was Argentine
The World Cup wasn’t part of my life growing up. I loved sports, even though I wasn’t particularly athletic. I watched football, basketball, hockey, golf, bowling. But not soccer. In the southern United States in the 1960s and 1970s, soccer was not a par... (read more)
Do You Want to Live Longer and Be Happier?
...becoming a Christian is not about what makes you happy or helps you live longer. ... (read more)
Heaven and Hell
God wants all of His people to be with Him forever. He's planned on that from the beginning and even prepared a place far more beautiful than any imaginative conjuring we could create.... (read more)
Discovering Jesus
When the promised Messiah arrived, the Pharisees rejected him and plotted to have him killed, despite having spent their entire lives reading about his coming. Why? He wasn't what they expected him to be.... (read more)
Alzheimer's and Jesus
I also cling to the fact that someday I will be able to know my Dad again.... (read more)
Faith and Faithfulness
Faith isn't intellectual assent. It isn't the acceptance of the truth of certain ideas. Faith involves devotion, loyalty, and obedience. A man who has faith in God plans to do whatever God asks of him.... (read more)
The Truth about Hypocrites at Church
We do mean what we say about Jesus. We are trying to live up to our profession of faith. But we are not perfect.... (read more)
A Lot of Telling to Do
I believe that each individual Christian has the duty, obligation, responsibility to tell their friends about Jesus. While some, maybe most, will not listen for long, we owe it to them and to Jesus to speak. For we have a lot of telling to do.... (read more)
The Substitute
In Genesis 22, we find the story of Abraham being told to offer his son Isaac on Mt. Moriah. We can only imagine his agony as he takes his son "Isaac, whom you love" on that three-day death march. Could he look him in the eye? Could he sleep at night? As ... (read more)

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