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Why Should We Persevere?

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A few years ago, I met a man whose story challenged and inspired me. He came from a wealthy, influential family of a different faith. When he left home for college, he met Jesus and surrendered his life to Him.

Don't Give Up

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Every day I read a verse. To help me to remember what God…

ODJ: Pleasing God in the Mundane

The title of Eugene Peterson’s book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction has its origins in a quote from the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Raised in a Christian family, Nietzsche turned to atheism and later surprisingly wrote, “The essential thing in heaven and earth is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results...in the long run, s

ODB: The Rugged Road

A fishing buddy of mine told me about an alpine lake located high on the north flank of Jughandle Mountain here in Idaho. Rumor had it that large cutthroat trout lurked up there. My friend got a pencil and scrap of napkin and drew a map for me. Several weeks later I gassed up my truck and set out to follow his directions.His map put me on one of the worst roads I’ve ever driven! It was an ol

ODJ: hard things

South Africa’s electrical grid has long been stretched, but when a coal silo at a power station collapsed, it led to months of widespread blackouts across the country. The power outages were initially frustrating, but citizens quickly adapted to the daily 2 hour blackouts and worked around those times. Generators were employed, people bought fewer perishable foods and they were careful to

ODJ: never give up!

When missionary Adoniram Judson entered Burma (Myanmar) in July 1813, he found an unreached people in a hostile land. Today, there are some 3,700 congregations who trace their origin to Judson’s pioneering ministry. His primary legacy, however, is the complete translation of the Bible into Burmese—still in use today. Judson’s path was difficult, for he faced opposition, rejection

ODJ: hold on

After reaching the top of Dog Tooth Peak in the Sierra Nevada National Forest in America, Larry Bishop began his descent. On his way down he took a tumble off the trail and landed on a slim ledge of granite. Staying on that perch required him to cling to the side of the mountain for 52 hours—the alternative was a 10,000-foot drop! Eventually Larry was airlifted to safety when a member of

ODJ: no regrets

Sociologists at one university recently completed a study on regret. In it, they examined whether people felt more regret over what they had done or what they had failed to do.

ODJ: first half, second half

Ready for a Bible quiz? Which king attained national influence at age 16; was a genius in military deployment and national security; invented new military weapons; had true vision for commercial and business development; and possessed the Midas touch in husbandry and agriculture?
Who was he? King Uzziah—whose name means “The Lord my strength”. The chronicler tells us the secret of the k