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  • Rage Against the Machine…Or Not

    Rachel Chimits
    January 3, 2020

    Our God calls us to submit to those in power over us, but when is it okay to rebel against authority?

    In his book A View from the Zoo, Gary Richmond reminisced about how the most difficult aspect of his job as a zookeeper was often the people at the zoo, not the animals. He told the story of an elderly visitor who, in his words, “created more bedlam than any single visitor in the zoo’s history.”

  • Stitching a New Story

    Rachel Chimits
    January 2, 2020

    A young woman in India felt her life had effectively come to a close until she met people who were ready to show her Christ’s compassion.

    Yahvat* married her husband six years ago. Her family was quite poor, but she was hopeful for her future with this marriage.

    However, he neglected her. She hoped that things would improve with time, but instead the problems lingered, and no amount of prayers at the temples or incense or offerings seemed to improve her situation.

  • Playing That Dangerous Blame Game

    Rachel Chimits
    December 30, 2019

    When we choose poorly and hurt ourselves or others, we often find it incredibly easy to shift the blame away from ourselves, but in doing so, we only do more damage.

    Mutsuhiro Watanabe was better known to the captives of Japan’s most infamous concentration camps as “the Bird” so that they could warn one another when he was coming without him knowing.

  • A Charge to Bless the Prisoners

    Rachel Chimits
    December 26, 2019

    World Challenge partners and the church in Eswatini are finding ways to reach those who are in prison with God’s Word and forgiveness.

    World Challenge’s partners in Eswatini have begun a special outreach called Potter’s Prison Ministry, believing that God has incredible plans for those who are currently behind bars.

    This ministry has seen incredible growth this year.

  • Celebrating Christmas in India

    Rachel Chimits
    December 24, 2019

    Believers around the world are gathering together not only to remember the Savior’s birth and his promise of eternal redemption but also to care for the widow and orphan.

    In preparation for Christmas, our partners in India hold skits where children in their orphanage, and any from the neighborhood who want to participate, have the chance to act out the Christmas story.

  • Taking St. Nick Off the Naughty List

    Rachel Chimits
    December 23, 2019

    Santa is a potentially controversial figure among Christians, but perhaps there’s a better perspective we could take on his story.

    Perhaps no Christmas figure is more maligned that Saint Nicholas.

    The man who began as a generous church leader, trying to inspire others to care for the poor, evolved into a magical sprite in a reindeer-drawn sled used by parents to bribe children into obedience.

  • Advent: The Adoration of the Magi

    Rachel Chimits
    December 20, 2019

    Worshiping and delighting in Jesus at Christmas sounds all well and good, but how do we find the time and the right frame of mind to do this amid the holiday chaos?

    In 1480, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint an altarpiece for the Augustinian monks of San Donato. He completed detailed drawings of the painting’s figures and scene, but then he left the city.

    The painting would be finished years later by an unknown artist.