Those Dirty Shepherds

By Maria Fontaine

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One of my favorite pictures as a child was of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, as He carried a little lamb in one arm and His staff in the other.

Perhaps our image of shepherds and their sheep has been formed from some of the most famous, godly shepherds in the Bible, ones like Abel, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, King David, and our Good Shepherd, Jesus.

But that picture hides a less-known fact about Christmas. . .  read more

Are You Santa Claus?

By Peter Amsterdam

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It’s Christmastime—such a wonderful time of year! I love it when it comes around every year, because as Christmas approaches, people tend to appreciate others more. They’re more aware of the importance of family and friends, and they’re often more giving and willing to help the poor and needy. Generally speaking, there’s more love in the air during the Christmas season. I just love that!

Something in particular that I love about this time of year is that people . . .  read more

Life Is Meant to Be a Challenge

By Maria Fontaine

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
—Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Adversity often has a way of catapulting us into situations and encounters with people that we would never have otherwise had the opportunity to meet. Sometimes the Lord opens doors through seemingly negative situations that would not have opened otherwise. If we stay attuned to the Lord and follow His plan, usually we eventually . . .  read more

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

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

Why Persecution?

Based on the writings of David Berg

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“If the World HATES you,” Jesus told His followers, “you know that it hated ME BEFORE it hated YOU! If you were OF the WORLD, the World would LOVE its own. But because you are NOT of the World, but I have chosen you OUT of the World, THEREFORE the World HATES you!” (John 15:18,19) This explains why CHRISTIANS who are really . . .  read more

The Life of a Disciple

A compilation

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A disciple walks with Jesus, follows Jesus, and lives with Jesus! This is the difference between casual Christianity and discipleship.
—David Brandt Berg

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These things that I once considered valuable, I now consider worthless for Christ. It’s far more than that! I consider everything else worthless because I’m much better off knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. It’s because of him that I think of everything as worthless. I threw it all away in order to gain Christ and to have . . .  read more