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  • Pray for the Persecuted Church in India

    Rachel Chimits
    November 5, 2019

    Believers in Central Asia are facing some of the worst persecution in the world currently, and they need the prayers of the whole Christian family.

    The first or second Sunday of November—the date depends on your church or denomination—is considered an international day of prayer for the persecuted church, and the believers in India could certainly use our prayers.

  • At the Head of the Pack

    Rachel Chimits
    November 4, 2019

    Everyone is under a leader, whether they like it or not, but the question remains of whether that leader is a good one.

    What defines a good Christian leader?

    If we want to be safely generic, we might say that it’s someone who “follows God.” In all honesty, though, there are a lot of people who follow God who would still make very poor leaders.

  • A Question at the Heart of Tragedy

    Rachel Chimits
    November 1, 2019

    When life knocks us off our feet, we are usually left shocked and breathless, looking for the heavenly Father who was supposed to keep us safe from this kind of pain.

    In 1947, a young New Yorker named Glenn Chambers decided to recognize his lifelong dream to work with the Voice of the Andes ministry in Ecuador.

  • Fighting Off a Gambling Addiction

    Rachel Chimits
    October 31, 2019

    One woman felt that lottery tickets offered hope that life had denied her until members of the church helped her find peace in better sources.

    As soon as someone mentions “addiction,” most people automatically think of drugs or alcohol. Those two substances, however, only represent a fraction of potential addictions that can entangle people.

  • Investigating a Fall From Grace

    Rachel Chimits
    October 29, 2019

    A church leader in India is helping one family find purpose and unity after their son was snared by despair and addiction.

    Very little can be harder for a loving parent than seeing their child choose a self-destructive lifestyle.

    For one mother and father in India, they watched in despair as their oldest son seemed to swerve deliberately away from the model they had set in their own household onto the path to indolence and addiction.

  • Church Kids Need Action and Faith

    Rachel Chimits
    October 28, 2019

    Many Christian youth groups see poor retention rates, so how do we help the kids who seem to float in and out of church?

    I watched a lot of teenagers that I’d grown up beside in our church’s youth ministry walk away from Christianity. A lot of them—almost all of them, actually—were “good kids” too.