Joy of Expectation

Joy of Expectation

When I lived in Dar Es Salaam, I used to volunteer in an orphanage. The orphanage was in a bad part of town. On the map it’s called Mburahati, but the locals call it “Kigogo,” which means “robber.” That’s the sort of place these children ended up, and there are few...
God Fills Our Emptiness

God Fills Our Emptiness

“Christ makes [suffering] meaningful; He makes it redemptive, and otherwise, there is no hope.” —Michael Card You likely know Michael Card as a Christian musician—writer of songs such as “El Shaddai” and “Immanuel.” But he did not always envision himself serving the...
“It’s a Wonderful Life”

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Standing on a bridge, ready to throw away God’s great gift—life—George Bailey realizes that life is wonderful and worth living. The holiday classic film It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) may feel out of place this year. 2020 has been tainted by a pandemic,...
Philippians 1: Joy and Unity in Christ (Friday Study Version)

Purpose in Our Pain

“Maybe God made a mistake in creating me.” George Dennehy shares this thought that seized his mind during a season of depression. He doubted God’s goodness and purpose for his life because he was born different—he was born without arms. Because of George’s...