Editors Note: Chasing After the Wind

Editors Note: Chasing After the Wind

The Bible tells us the story of a king who was blessed with wisdom, wealth, and power. The king was admired and loved by his people, and rulers throughout the world came to seek his counsel. Yet, the king was unhappy. The Bible tells us that he sought to...

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Making All Thing New

Making All Thing New

Danny Isaac states. His smile beams as the glaring sunlight bounces off his face. He sits tall in his wheelchair as he continues. “The past few years I’ve thought in my head, ‘Would I give up my wheelchair to walk again?’”At eight months old Danny’s life...

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Turned Upside Down

Turned Upside Down

It was my freshman year of college and it was less than I’d imagined it to be. I had met God when I was fifteen at a conference in Minneapolis, and while I had hoped everything would change, I had found a competing love still living in my heart.Writing...

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Having an Epiphany

Having an Epiphany

All my life I knew what I wanted to be. I wanted to be a bad guy. A drug dealer. I carried it through and through.I started that life in eighth grade. I have been addicted to every drug there ever was, and I’ve tried everything there is to try. I sold...

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Disarming Depression

Disarming Depression

I had driven to the campus one morning but turned around and drove home without even going to class. I blew off my parents’ concerned questions and headed for my room. They followed and found me lying with my face buried in my pillow. After more of their...

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Were Safe Spaces Grow

Were Safe Spaces Grow

“We never really talked about it,” the young girl stated as we sat down. “Our school basically said you can’t because you might offend someone.”I grabbed my burger a little tighter and shifted in my chair. We had watched a movie about abortion before going...

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Facing Anxiety

Facing Anxiety

It started subtly with me: a headache, stomachache, diarrhea all night, just when we started an intense Chadian Arabic class. I was able to get through class Thursday and Friday, but then my two-year-old got a fever, wasn’t eating well, became very crabby…...

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Editor’s Note: Created in His Image

Editor’s Note: Created in His Image

I was 28 years old when I came to faith in Jesus Christ. It’s not the path I would choose if I could do it all again. I would prefer to live my entire life as a follower of Christ, yet I can see how coming to faith as an adult has given me a unique...

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Life After Attempting Suicide

Life After Attempting Suicide

I vividly remember the night I made an attempt on my own life. My mind flashes back to March, three years ago. I had just gulped down several bottles of cough syrup and taken a wide array of painkillers straight up my nose. I was numb. I was bored with...

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On Suicide

On Suicide

Research suggests that up to 5% of the population (1 of every 20 people) may at least be thinking about the possibility of suicide.The good news: For most, suicidal thoughts ease as their situation changes, as they learn to cope, or as they develop new...

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Living with Abortion

Living with Abortion

I had an abortion nine years ago. It still haunts me to this day.The abortion providers convinced me that abortion would fix my situation. They convinced me that it would open up doors to great opportunities. But really, it tore me apart to my core.Before...

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Healing the Abortion Heart

Healing the Abortion Heart

Young people who grow up in a church are at risk for abortion. A recent Lifeway Research survey found that nearly 4 out of 10 women who have had abortions were attending church at least once a month.Another survey by the Guttmacher Institute shows that 54%...

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Arrow Corps

Arrow Corps

The concept of Arrow Corps started a couple of years ago. As the CLB Mission Team worked through a strategic planning process, we recognized two significant needs in our denomination: 1) We have many churches that are in plateau or decline and 2) we do not...

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Who Builds Your Value?

Who Builds Your Value?

I have a small but functional collection of hand tools on the work bench in my basement. The tool I most prize is probably my cordless drill. It’s the one that gets used all the time. Its many nicks and scuffs tell the stories of numerous projects...

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On Mission

On Mission

One time Jesus’ disciple Philip wanted to see God. I would like to see God too. I think it is a very human desire. I see so much that is negative. Every day I see sickness and suffering. I see perversion and hatred. I see death. Sometimes I also see love...

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Editor’s Note: God is NOT in the Noise

Editor’s Note: God is NOT in the Noise

In the Old Testament we are given the story of a prophet named Elijah. Because of the corruption around him, Elijah falsely believed he was the last follower of God in Israel. After a brave encounter with those who desired to silence him, Elijah retreated...

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You Take God’s Breath Away

You Take God’s Breath Away

When I was younger, my parents really encouraged me to be happy and do a lot in life. There are videos from my childhood where my parents would say, “What is this?” and I’d say, “I’m Taylor Watkins, and this is a great day!”I remember, in fourth grade,...

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Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

Just who are you? How do you identify yourself? How do you complete this sentence? “I am ……”You might answer it in terms of your family and give your name. You might answer in terms of what you do and give your vocation. There are many ways by which we...

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Navigating Homosexuality

Navigating Homosexuality

The Bible clearly teaches that same-sex activity and gender confusion are results of the Fall into sin. It also teaches that our God loves his world (John 3:16). God loves us fallen deviants so much that he sent his Son to save us by living the perfect...

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