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Your measure of forgiveness

Your measure of forgiveness

As I prepared for our second VBS in a Russian orphanage, selecting a curriculum was a bigger challenge than I expected. I knew it would have to work cross-culturally, avoiding the references many of our themed curricula have to things like newspaper carriers or...
What on earth?

What on earth?

For me, there’s no more difficult concept to discuss with an orphan than that of God’s will. Imagine sitting with Nikita. He remembers vividly the night his family’s apartment caught fire. The smell of smoke was already thick when his father scooped him up into his...
God’s to-do list for YOU!

God’s to-do list for YOU!

Are you a list maker? I am. I’m one of those weirdos who gets a charge out of making a to-do list for the day and triumphantly striking items off as they’re completed. Sometimes, mid-morning, I’ll even write “shower” on the list and cross it out as something I’ve...
How To Pray Like An Orphan

How To Pray Like An Orphan

What was the first prayer you ever prayed? Perhaps it was a prayer of salvation when you first submitted your heart to Christ. Or maybe it was a prayer uttered in desperation to a God you weren’t even certain could answer. Having grown up in a Christian home, I was...
Psalm 34:8

Psalm 34:8

It was a cold, snowy, and, to be quite honest, depressing Sunday night when the truths that lie deep within Psalm 34:8 were spoken into my life. I was living in Vladimir, Russia at the time and was struggling with feelings of discouragement and failure when that verse...
Last Christmas, I Gave You My Heart

Last Christmas, I Gave You My Heart

You know that popular Christmas song that goes something like this, “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart. The very next day you gave it away?” If you’re not familiar with it, then chances are you haven’t turned on your radio around Christmas for the past 5 years. ...