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FINDING MY MOM

Testimony by Abbey Yumul As early as 6 years old, I already knew that I was an adopted child, but I never asked anyone about it because I was scared to know about the truth.  Growing up with my foster family, we had an amazing simple life. We loved and cared for each...

WHAT’S SO HOLY ABOUT THIS WEEK?

Each year, a vast number of people around the world highly anticipate Holy Week, for varying reasons. The event meant to remember Jesus' life, death, and resurrection is also now greatly associated with painted eggs, bunnies, and thoughts of out-of-town trips due to...

HALLOWEEN: THE MISSION FIELD RIGHT AT YOUR DOORSTEP

    Halloween: The One Night in the Year the Mission Fields Come to Your Doorstep Halloween is less than half a month away. This day has long been a holiday in western tradition, which we have adapted here in the Philippines. As Christians, it’s quite...

TEARS IN A BOTTLE

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.”  — Psalm 56:8 God collecting tears in a bottle is a powerful and emotionally intense image depicting the heart of God towards His own. It...

WHY IS LYING SUCH A BIG DEAL?

No one had to teach me how to lie; I was spinning the truth almost as soon as I learned to talk. It came naturally, as you can see from this funny example my mom journaled about when I was just three years old: Paula came to me today with diaper rash cream all over...

YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE

Leading a retreat for men several years ago, I remember being aware of the spiritual immaturity of some men who had been part of their church for years. The first night I discovered that these men were capable of knowing a lot, including much detailed information....

A MILLION LITTLE DISTRACTIONS

Another day was over, and I had done it again. With sleepy eyes, I reached for the lamp on my nightstand and turned off the light. I fell asleep to the familiar feelings of guilt and regret. I intended to spend some quality time with God that morning. I pulled my...

TO EVERY GIRL WHO FEELS ALONE

“You are not alone.” Those words echo through my mind, reverberating down into the achiest places of my soul today. I know how it feels to step aside and let the wave of darkness surge and swell and crash over your limp body—because it’s strong, you feel weak, and you...

DELIGHT IN THE LORD FIRST!

“Take delight in the Lord and he will give your heart’s desires.” — Psalm 37:4 When viewed in its proper context, this verse is truly liberating. If not, it has been the cause of much disappointment to those who claimed its promise but without understanding the...

HIS UNFAILING STRENGTH

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10 Do you find yourself so caught up in the rush of living that you can scarcely remember what day it is? If so, there’s a lesson to learn from the prayer of an old country preacher: “Slow me down, Lord! Slow me down. Ease...

ATTACKED

“But take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!” Job 2:5 Health is wealth. And it’s precious, but is it all that matters in life? While health is at its peak, is life at its best? The greatest trial of all is when health is at stake. This was...

YOLO

Figuring out the text-messaging code can be daunting for us older folks. As an example of the generational disconnect, the following text exchange is reported to have taken place between a mother and her teenage son: Mom’s question to her son: “What does IDK TTYL...