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my heroes of hope

Have you ever faced a trial so painful you couldn’t endure the weight of it? The enemy taunts you with lies whispered in the dark:  God is not even listening to your prayers.  Why else would He seem so silent?  When all seems hopeless, I find encouragement from believers who have passed through the furnace and come forth with faith shining.  Their stories inspire me to hold onto my hope. I want to share one such story with you.

I met Ange during one of my first missions trips to Rwanda and Burundi. Most everyone I encountered was a genocide survivor with a hard story to tell. But it was Ange’s journey of agony-turned-into-hope that gripped my soul. Continue reading

breakthrough in battle

Do you ever feel like some problems just won’t budge?  You can’t seem to win your spiritual battle, no matter how much you pray and pray and pray?  Perhaps you need a breakthrough.

Breakthrough was first used as a military term to signify an offensive thrust past the defensive lines of warfare. The word entered the realm of common speech during the technological age, often used to describe a sudden discovery or invention.  Breakthroughs usually occur only after repeated failures.

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When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel” (Luke 7:9 NIV).

Amazed!  Jesus was amazed at the man’s faith.  I’ve never seen such “great faith,” He remarked to the crowd of onlookers.  What was it about this man, a Roman army officer and an outsider, that inspired Jesus to marvel at his faith?  This centurion happens to be one of my favorite characters in the entire New Testament.  As I reflect on Luke’s version of the story, three things stand out:  Continue reading


When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God…Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God…(Deuteronomy 8:10,11)

Forget!  How many times I say to myself, “Don’t forget to….”  To forget is to fail to remember.  It can also mean “to treat with inattention or disregard.”  Sometimes forgetfulness can have deadly consequences. I once heard the story of a busy doctor who forgot to drop off his tiny infant at day care on his way to work.  Tragically, the  baby was left in his car seat and had perished in the heat by the time the stricken father remembered him.  Continue reading


Rahab? Rahab the prostitute becomes Rahab the Righteous. How can this be?  James confronts us with God’s audacious grace  in Chapter 2.  A common harlot turned hero in Joshua’s great battle of Jericho.  James delights in the upside-down -world of grace, where the currency is not self-righteousness, but rather a living faith. Continue reading