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4 Things I Learned from Corrie Ten Boom

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Five days ago (April 15) marked the 25th death anniversary of Dutch watchmaker and Christian Corrie ten Boom. Though I have always been familiar with her story, I had not yet picked up her book until I heard a presentation on Corrie ten Boom’s life

The Day I Believed in Jesus and Broke My Dad’s Heart

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“Look at what you’ve done by becoming a Christian! You’ve deserted the family tradition. Your father feels like a failure. He couldn’t keep the family together.” My mother was upset.

What Silence Has To Say

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If you’re into movies that encourage, inspire, or even provoke, Silence may be the answer—if you hang in there and wait for the best parts to emerge.

ODJ: He Saw Something

It was with gut-wrenching horror that I watched the video of 21 Coptic Christians being forced to kneel on a Libyan beach before being beheaded by terrorists. Later, I learned that a relative of some of the men who were killed said that many of them cried out the name of Jesus with their dying breath—a testimony to their faith in Him. Though the terrorists had hoped for the opposite effect,

ODJ: shine brightly

Shane (name changed to protect his identity) took a big job at a well-known company. Within a few months of overseeing its operations, he discovered some dark financial secrets. Doing his job, he delved into a morass of monetary fraud. As he exposed the impropriety, an unexpected thing happened. He was brought before the board of the company and threatened. Shane, a believer in Jesus, sto

ODJ: stand, don’t fight

Cameron, a friend of mine, didn’t share my spiritual beliefs. He openly opposed Christianity and some of its moral tenets. One day in my previous workplace, he led a seminar on domestic violence and used it as a chance to bash the Bible. His “correlation” was illogical and inappropriate. The book that tells husbands to “love their wives as they love their own bodies”

ODB: Lessons in Suffering

The close-up image on the giant screen was big and sharp, so we could see the deep cuts on the man’s body. A soldier beat him while an angry crowd laughed at the man whose face was now covered with blood. The scenes appeared so real that, in the silence of the open-air theater, I cringed and grimaced as if I could feel the pain myself. But this was only a film reenactment of Jesus’ suf

ODJ: the offence Jesus brings

In 2014 in America, a man opened fire with a handgun during a meeting with his caseworker and psychiatrist at a hospital. Sadly the caseworker was mortally wounded, while the psychiatrist—who returned fire with his own handgun—received minor injuries. The gunman, who was subdued at the scene, indicated that he opened fire because he’d been offended by the hospital’s “

ODJ: unfair and unjust

At a recent kids’ function, I watched two boys play a jousting game on an inflatable ‘fighting’ ring. Each boy was instructed to stand on an inflated pedestal and use an oversized inflatable pole to knock the other off his perch.