Devotionals

When You Don’t Want to Go Back to the Way You Were

When You Don’t Want to Go Back to the Way You Were

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

I just got my braces off … again.

I’ve had braces on my upper teeth three times. Count them. One. Two. Three.

As the orthodontist explained, “Teeth have..

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When You Don’t Want to Go Back to the Way You Were

When You Don’t Want to Go Back to the Way You Were

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

I just got my braces off … again.

I’ve had braces on my upper teeth three times. Count them. One. Two. Three.

As the orthodontist explained, “Teeth have..

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Ramadan violence answered with prayer

Ramadan violence answered with prayer

International (MNN) — ISIS has called on its followers to wage “all-out war” on the West during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, sparking fears of new attacks.

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Muslims worldwide observe the month as one of prayer, fas..

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Forbes recognizes translation ministry as good place to work

Forbes recognizes translation ministry as good place to work

United States (MNN) — When we’re job hunting, we will ask about the various employment opportunities: “Is this a good place to work? How do they treat their employees?” On the mission field, that question gets more specific: “Is this ministry effecti..

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From resistant to persistent: a Kenyan church planter’s story

From resistant to persistent: a Kenyan church planter’s story

Kenya (MNN) — The Turkana people group in Kenya is the second largest pastoral group in the country. Pastoral people groups are characterized by herding and shepherding lifestyles and are often nomadic. Their small villages are far-flung across the v..

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The Staggering Question

The Staggering Question

Can a sinner be turned into a saint? Can a twisted life be made right? There is only one appropriate answer— “O Lord God, You know” (Ezekiel 37:3). Never forge ahead with your religious common sense and say, “Oh, yes, with just a little more Bible re..

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Why White-Centered Discipleship Hurts Us All

Why White-Centered Discipleship Hurts Us All

A vision for bringing racial equity to the spiritual training of women.

In the last five weeks, our #AmplifyWomen series has addressed ecclesial accountability, mentorship, platform, hospitable orthodoxy, and male support for women’s discipleship. T..

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Righteous Anger: Egypt’s Christians Respond to ISIS

Righteous Anger: Egypt’s Christians Respond to ISIS

With 100 massacred in five months, leaving vengeance to the Lord is getting harder for Copts.

They couldn’t even wash their dead.

Thirty Coptic Christians were gunned down by ISIS, ambushed in a church bus on a weekend outing to a popular monastery..

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Leaked Trump Rule: Any Religious Employer Can Opt Out of Contraception Coverage

Leaked Trump Rule: Any Religious Employer Can Opt Out of Contraception Coverage

Draft broadens exemptions to controversial Obamacare mandate. But Little Sisters will still sue.

The Trump administration appears to be preparing to follow through on the president’s recent promise to relieve religious employers fighting the Afforda..

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The Silver Lining on the Zombie Apocalypse

The Silver Lining on the Zombie Apocalypse

In his upcoming book, a university professor explores the horror—and the hope—of pop culture’s favorite disaster scenario.

In our current cultural moment, most of us are probably familiar with the myth of the “zombie apocalypse”—the idea of a sudden..

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