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Poem: The Hope That Lifts Me Up

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Written By Phoebe Raymundo, Philippines Every day I call…

Please don’t jump, there’s hope

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I was just about to leave for work when a policeman knocked on my door. “Sir, do you know of any elderly woman living along this floor?”

Should Christians be Optimistic or Cynical?

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In my earlier years, I constantly swung between being optimistic and cynical. Whenever I wanted something desperately, I would fix my mind on it and pour my 110 percent into it, along with a few prayers.

I Have Depression and This Is What I Want You to Know

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I never thought that I would have depression. It seemed like something only strangers had. Even when a close friend of mine struggled with depression a few years ago, I couldn't relate to what she was going through. I just thought of it as a really low period some people had and would eventually get out of, if only they tried hard enough.

Africa: The Secret Behind Faith and Hope

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Whenever I visit other continents, a question I am often asked is, “What is the hidden secret behind faith and hope in Africa?” That’s when I share about the power of thanksgiving and prayer—the fuel that drives the church in Africa towards faith and hope.

ODJ: Rejoicing in Deep Need

I read an online obituary for a friend’s father. My heart ached for my friend as I imagined how painful it would be to lose a parent. I sent him an email of condolence and was surprised by his quick response. “It’s been a tough year, but I’m rejoicing in our hope in Christ.” Even as he mourned, he spoke of hope and faith. Similarly, the words of Habakkuk 3:2 surprise

Mike Mohede: A Life Well-Lived

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I was shocked when I first heard the news: Mike Mohede, a 32-year-old singer who won Season 2 of Indonesian Idol, passed away yesterday at Premiere Bintaro hospital, Indonesia, from a heart attack.

ODJ: Hope Awakening

In her blog, Gayla wrote about rescuing a cactus from the rubbish bins of a block of flats in her neighbourhood. She found a single stem that showed some signs of life. With some pruning, the seemingly dead plant blossomed once again and is now thriving. She shared the details of the cactus transformation in order to help those who think that their cacti are beyond hope. When God asked whether the

ODJ: Hope that Shines

Enjoying our evening out, we waited for our waitress to come to our table. When she approached, her cheerful demeanour brought an immediate connection, even though we had just met her. However, as our dinner progressed, my husband and I picked up on the self-deprecating comments interjected in her words each time she checked on us. We spoke boldly about God’s beauty in her and asked to pray