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Redeeming Failures

Redeeming Failures

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these” (John 21:15, NIV)? Peter couldn’t help the tears that poured down his face. He sat on the front stoop rocking, his whole body unable to bear the weight of what he’d just done. He…

The Perfect Parent

The Perfect Parent

“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me’ (Psalm 27:10, NIV). Violet’s father was a quiet man who worked seven days a week to support his family. He made sure his kids never lacked for anything. But words were hard for him, and he rarely expressed his feelings out loud. Violet…

Love Languages

Love Languages

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”–1 John 4:7 (NIV) John was an EMT. He married to his high school sweetheart shortly after they graduated college together. For the first few years, John described his marriage as wonderful. But…

The Last Meal

The Last Meal

“For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’ ”–1 Kings 17:14 (NIV) The Texas sun beat down on Maria’s head as she walked to the…

Unexpected Detours

Unexpected Detours

“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand” (Psalm 37:23-24, ESV). Aiden was a football player in his third year of college. He was hoping to be drafted by a professional football…