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
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Praise! Who doesn’t like to be praised? I know I do. I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t respond better to praise than criticism. That said, the desire for praise can be a double-edged sword when it comes to my faith. My commitment to follow Jesus brings me face to face with a tough choice. Will I speak and act in ways that win praise from people or from God? Sometimes, it’s impossible to have the respect and admiration of both. Continue reading
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