trials

Lifestyle

Colliding with Reality
How God's Truth Can Guard Us from Disappointment

by Jasmin Howell

If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it's not so bad. Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison.


Devotion

True Devotion
Remaining Faithful to What God Sets Before Us

by Jasmin Howell

I sat in a wing-back chair by the blazing fireplace, surrounded by friends on a Wednesday night; our weekly life-group meeting was underway. As I read aloud from Acts 2, I caught myself pausing when I came to verse 42: “...and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42, NIV).


Devotion

Embracing the Pruning Seasons

by Jess White

I stared at the young sapling in front of me with a quizzical expression, trying to figure out exactly how to take the information I gleaned from the internet and translate it into working knowledge.


Devotion

Strength to Overcome
Trading Self-Pity for Spiritual Fortitude

by Leslie Ludy

If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into the vice of self-pity and self-sympathy; if I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of calvary love.- Amy CarmichaelMarissa pulled her car into the driveway of her little blue house and sighed as a feeling of heaviness descended upon her.  It had been a hard week.  Actually, it had been a hard year.


The Gospel

I'm with Jesus!
Embracing the Reproach of the Cross

by Leslie Ludy

Raucous laughter and pulsating music resounded through the crowded, chaotic street.  Eric tried to keep his fellow missionaries in sight as hundreds of drunken revelers surged around them on all sides.  Eric (who later became my husband) was twenty-three, and this was one of his first missionary assignments—doing street evangelism on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during Mardi Gras&


Devotion

Gratitude Leads to Thanksgiving

by Jasmin Howell

This month, my husband and I had a huge car repair bill and a big renewal fee for my real estate license, both due in the same week, on top of our regular monthly expenses. We are both in commission-based sales jobs, which definitely has its perks.


Serving

Letters from the Mission Field
Count it All Joy—Welcoming Trials as Friends

by Annie Wesche

Haiti 2014To my dear friend, Did you grow up hearing about the great missionaries in Christian history, like I did? To me, theirs were the real adventure stories, and I ate them up like the last berries on the bush, each one savored.


Biographies

Esther Ahn Kim
The Power of Suffering Well for Christ

by Leslie Ludy

Korea 1929Esther Ahn Kim walked slowly up the hill to the shrine with her students following silently behind her. The young teacher knew that when she arrived at the place of worship she would be forced to make a life-altering choice.


Biographies

Corrie ten Boom
The Power of Forgiveness

by Leslie Ludy

Corrie ten Boom lay quietly on the hard wooden plank, covered with filthy, flea-infested straw, fighting back waves of nausea and claustrophobia. She lifted a weak hand to her feverish face.