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After Three Suicide Attempts, God Gave Me Another Chance at Life

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Some weeks ago, I wrote to this Christian publication to cancel my subscription. I had intended to end my life, and I was worried that their continued postages to my house would upset my mother.
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4 Reasons God's Love is the Best Foundation for Your Life

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We’re all drawn to building our lives on the foundations of money, success, and recognition. I will confess that I, too, was like that—wanting to be recognised for doing amazing things and to have wealth that would place me somewhere near the top of the social strata.

God's Perfect Plan in My Imperfect Birth Story

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I never imagined that I would have to undergo a cesarean section when I was pregnant with my first child. At the time, I was young and healthy.

ODJ: Shielded

Tiptoeing around construction projects, I joined my husband as he talked with church members working on renovations to our building. As I waited patiently for them to finish, I noticed a little hole in my husband’s glove just below the knuckle of his finger. He explained that the guard on the high-powered grinder had moved while he was using it. The diamonds on his wedding band took the forc

ODJ: Hand of God

Lorenzo Quinn’s 900-pound aluminum sculpture called “Hand of God” features a gigantic open hand with a man seated on the highest part of an upturned palm. The man appears to be troubled and his posture reflects deep discouragement. But the hand that holds him up is much larger than he is. Of certain situations, we’ll say, “It’s in God’s hands,” mean
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The “Giant” Beside Me

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During one of my church’s mission prayer focus sessions, I…

ODJ: plastic soldiers and HVAs

Our two young boys wanted a nativity set, so we got a small one to place in their room. One night my wife went to tuck them in bed, only to find that Liam (age 5) had posted little plastic soldiers to guard the nativity.

ODJ: suited up

During a visit to an art institute, I observed a German suit of armour made in 1521. None of the other defensive ensembles seemed as complete as this one. It featured vented metal to cover the face; a curved breastplate to deflect blows; metal that continued down the arms, hands and covered each finger; leg shields that were seamlessly fitted to metal shoes. The craftsman had imagined every possib

ODJ: why didn't He protect us?

Our lives began to fall apart when my daughter took her life,” the woman told me during a break in the conference we were both attending. “And then our second daughter spiralled into depression and started to self-harm. After several months we discovered the reason why: while my husband and I were missionaries in Indonesia, two of our three children had been sexually abused at a mission-run