ODB: Extending Mercy

Reflecting on how she forgave Manasseh, the man who killed her husband and some of her children in the Rwandan genocide, Beata said, “My forgiving is based on what Jesus did. He took the punishment for every evil act throughout all time. His cross is the place we find victory—the only place!” Manasseh had written to Beata from prison more than once, begging her—an

Raya and the Last Dragon: It Matters Who You Trust

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I remember stepping out of the cinema with a warm and fuzzy feeling, in full agreement with the show’s themes of forgiveness, grace, and even teamwork (how Raya was eventually able to carry out her mission with the help of a group of companions, in contrast to the beginning when she was ploughing on as a lone wolf). However, as I thought some more about the film’s core message—trusting others will make this world a better place—I wondered if it was a tad too simplistic.

The Great Reversal

And so, the day arrives for the two decrees to be put into effect (Esther 9:1). The Jews gather together in all the cities to defend themselves against those who hate them. They overpower their enemies, those throughout the Persian Empire who try to harm them (v. 2).

ODB: The Baggage Activity

Karen, a middle school teacher, created an activity to teach her students how to better understand one another. In “The Baggage Activity” students wrote down some of the emotional weights they were carrying. The notes were shared anonymously, giving the students insight into each other’s hardships, often with a tearful response from their peers. The classroom has since been fille

Ways To Keep Yourself From Running On Empty

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How often do we give our internal batteries a check-up? Do we “plug” ourselves into things that recharge and refuel us when we’re dipping into empty? Or we do stuff our tiredness away and soldier on?

On Your Side

Mordecai writes an edict to counteract the first one. If you read it carefully, you'll notice that it counters Haman's edict (see Esther 3) almost word-for-word.

ODB: Live Like It’s Morning

When I have to travel across time zones by air, I try various remedies to avoid jet lag. I think I’ve tried them all! On one occasion, I decided to adjust my in-flight eating to the time zone where I was heading. Instead of eating dinner with the rest of the passengers, I kept watching a movie and tried to fall asleep. The hours of elective fasting were difficult, and the breakfast that came

4 Lies That Keep Us From Spiritual Growth

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These stumbling blocks are lies that l believed for a long time, which made me think that God wasn't for me, and that contrary to what the Bible says, He didn't love me very much, because l didn't deserve it. Such thoughts held me captive and made me miserable.

Working Wisely

The archenemy of the Jews is dead, but the jaws of death are still open. How is Haman's edict going to be dealt with?