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  • Life as the Broken Victor

    Rachel Chimits
    November 18, 2020

    Admitting our follies and mistakes is already hard, and it becomes even harder when people treat us differently as a result, but what does the Bible say for when we really mess up?

    “Once when I told my story at a missions conference, a woman informed me I had a demon,” wrote George Verwer, international director of Operation Mobilization.

  • A Tale of Two Wives

    Rachel Chimits
    November 17, 2020

    One widow is following God’s calling to witness to his goodness, especially to those neighbors who have left the church.

    In Uganda, a country that has already weathered several economic downturns, government restrictions in response to COVID felt like an extra affliction to many locals. For others, though, it was merely one more opportunity for God to move.

  • A Survivor of Chernobyl

    Rachel Chimits
    November 16, 2020

    In Russia and the former Soviet states, the word “liquidator” needs no explanation. These people are a mix of survivor, victim and hero.

    When the Chernobyl reactor blew highly radioactive graphite and ash across the nearby towns and forest, the Soviet government called in liquidators to contain the disaster.

  • That Unlucky Number Thirteen

    Rachel Chimits
    November 13, 2020

    Is it unbiblical for Christians to talk about lucky and unlucky situations in life, or are there circumstances where that perspective is okay?

    Donald Dossey, a folklore historian and author of Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun, wrote about his studies on Friday the 13th in National Geographic.

  • A Spirit Set Free Behind Bars

    Rachel Chimits
    November 12, 2020

    The Great Physician came to heal the sick, and he continues to do his powerful work in the United States’ prisons.

    One of World Challenge’s partners in the United States, a husband and wife team, have a ministry in the prisons reaching out to inmates with the gospel. Sadly, COVID-19 restrictions have kept Chaplain Mario and Barbara from being able to enter the facilities the last few months.

  • We Testify to the Truth

    Rachel Chimits
    November 11, 2020

    We are all witnesses to the truth of Christ’s work, or at least we should be; why is it difficult to talk about sometimes (or all the time)?

    “If you do not turn from your sins, you will die,” shouts one boy on the street to pedestrians. “It’s that simple. You either turn, or you burn.” Jonah is one of the LaVelle family’s 10 children, and they are all part of an evangelistic movement known as the Spokane Street Preachers.

  • A Guide for How to Die

    Rachel Chimits
    November 9, 2020

    God calls us to live for him and other people, but the sacrifices necessary often seem overwhelming. How do we sacrifice our darlings, and what happens if we don’t give them up?

    Chuck Feeney, cofounder of Duty Free Shoppers and multibillionaire, is now broke. For most, this would mean too many private islands purchased, but for Feeney, it’s the achievement of a lifelong dream.

    He’s given away about $8 billion, without fanfare, often anonymously.

  • What Do We Do With Hell?

    Rachel Chimits
    November 6, 2020

    A God who eternally punishes some people is one of the biggest controversies in the modern discussion of Christianity, so what is the biblical take on hell?

    My church high school group regularly showed us NOOMA videos, created by Rob Bell to help connect Christian teaching to real-life situations. As a teen, I found them helpful. They bridged the gap between ye olde Bible times and the conversations I found myself having with my peers.