Becoming God’s Champions

By Peter Amsterdam

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“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.”
—Galatians 6:9 NASB

Over the years I’ve seen a number of movies about sports teams, as I’m sure you have. The story often centers around a new coach coming into a high school that has a weak team. The coach often has a style of coaching that is quite different from the former coach, and the team or the parents or the school officials don’t like it. The coach is tough on . . .  read more

Slow Down, Laugh a Little

A compilation on creating lasting memories with your children

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I can’t forget a particularly dreary, rainy Saturday several years ago. The kids had not been able to go outside all day, and they were definitely starting to get on each other’s nerves. I had sidetracked them, separated them, and even secluded them in attempts to maintain some modicum of peace and tranquility. By the . . .  read more

What the Good News Looks Like

A compilation

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I remember the first time it dawned on me to love people in such a way that they know how God feels about them. One summer when I was working with students, I was invited to speak at a high school retreat on the Columbia River in central Washington State. … As [my friend, Jeff, and I] were sitting there praying about the session to come, I had a strong impression that  . . .  read more

Failure—A Victory from Defeat

By Maria Fontaine

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The Lord never fails, even if we fail. No matter how many times you’ve failed Him, He won’t fail you. He’ll bring you through. The best thing you can do when facing failure is to keep your mind on the Lord. Trust Him. I know God’s going to help you because you’re praying and we’re praying, and He answers our prayers. Best of all, “the Spirit itself intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:27 NIV)

So why worry? We all fail sometime . . .  read more

Values, Life Lessons, and Truths

Laying a strong foundation for your children

A compilation

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Ten Bible verses I want my children to know

I look into [my children’s] faces and hear their melodious laughter and … I want more than the world for them. I want the eternal world for them. [Then] I jolt back to my own experiences and reality. The hurts… The pain from a divorce. The consequences of bad choices that are always forgiven but can still haunt me on the days I forget who I am in Him. I realize at this moment when the innocent and authentic collide that I can’t . . .  read more

You Can Have Freedom from Fear!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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Fear is today’s No.1 killer! Believe it or not, fear causes more sickness and more mental illness and more premature deaths than anything else on Earth! Doctors have discovered that heart muscle is actually DESTROYED when people are subject to great fear. Dr. Marilyn Cebelin, writing in the General Practitioner’s newspaper, “Pulse,” says the hormone, adrenalin, literally DESTROYS heart muscles when people are subjected to intense . . .  read more

Trials Equal Good

A compilation

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Because “many are the afflictions of the righteous,” (Psalm 34:19) it’s certainly comforting to know that “all these things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) In fact, in order to come through our many trials, difficulties, battles, and temptations victoriously, it is imperative that we make this promise in Romans 8:28 a vital part of our life.

If we don’t send the events of our daily . . .  read more