A Tree Planted by the Rivers of Water

By David Brandt Berg

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I love trees. They are one of God’s most beautiful creations, in perfect balance and symmetry. You know why that tree out there is perfect? Because it does nothing but fulfill the Lord’s purpose for it. It never makes a mistake. It’s perfect. It only obeys the Lord’s will for it in everything it does, in spite of blights and bugs and storms. The Lord takes care of it and it lifts its leafy arms to praise the Lord.

It just bends and bows and nods its head to the . . .  read more

Our Mission Field: The World

By Peter Amsterdam

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Over the last months, I have been thinking about the first disciples and some of the changes they went through early on in their walk of faith. They were with Jesus for about three and a half years, witnessing the great things He did, listening to Him preach, teach, tell parables, and seeing Him perform miracles.

They lived an incredibly exciting life, a very different life from that of the average person. They had a special relationship with Jesus. They were personally taught . . .  read more

Eternity Matters

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Eternity matters because we are eternal beings (who just temporarily operate by the clock). Not surprisingly, eternity informed almost everything Jesus had to say about life on earth. Like us, those farmers and fishermen and housewives listening to Him by the lake were obsessed with now—with justice and healing and freedom now. But to help them understand their present, Jesus kept pointing them ahead to their future.

Blessed are you now, Jesus said, when you endure and seek . . .  read more

Another Year to Love Him

By Maria Fontaine

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“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
—Ephesians 3:20 NLT

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is a good time to look back on the accomplishments and victories, as well as the mistakes of the old year, and to look forward with determination to do our best to make the new year an even better and more fruitful one! It’s encouraging to see all the challenges . . .  read more

New Year, New Commitments

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The beginning of a new year is such an interesting time—I see it as the cusp between the past and the future. We often think back over our experiences of the past year, as well as look ahead to what the new year will bring. It can be encouraging to see the challenges met, the victories won, the progress made, the commitments carried through, and the blessings we’ve had throughout the previous year. It’s also a time to assess areas where we had hoped we’d make headway . . .  read more

New Year Beginnings and Endings

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The world is full of beginnings and endings. We begin a new year with a certain hope—another year, another chance, a new day. But we carry with us the same fears, the same longings, the same resolutions. A more cynical riposte thus might be: Is there ever really anything new about a new year?

When the past or present seems so broken that its shards seem to reach well into the future, new days are often filled more with fear than with promise. I remember a time myself when I . . .  read more

Christmas: It’s All About Love

By Maria Fontaine

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I’m excited about Christmas this year, because I believe that the Lord is going to do wonderful things, and that He will be working in new ways through each of us. As we employ the “God factor” and follow where the Lord leads us—no matter what He guides us to do—we will experience results. Christmas is an opportune time to infuse greater energy and power into the mission . . .  read more