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Searching for Truth

How the Closing of a Christian Bookstore Chain Can Challenge the Church… There was hardly a gasp in Christendom when Family Christian Stores decided to close all 240 sets of doors. After battling with solvency for years, the 85-year-old chain filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
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Going Through the Motions

On this particular Wednesday night, if you had asked me what my plans were for the evening, I would have told you I was going to my church’s youth worship service, then going back home to watch the Olympic swimming finals with my family. And, if you had asked me if I take my life
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Beautiful Feet — Wait, say what!?

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” – Isaiah 52:7 NIV I have to chuckle when I read the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 10:1
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Leap of Faith

Dance was her life. Dance was what she loved. An interview with Cynthia Dewar of South Carolina Christian Dance Theater Cynthia Dewar knows what it means to take a leap of faith. Over the years she’s taken many, but one changed her life forever. As a young girl taking ballet in
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Filling the Void

Navigating the Emptiness of Parental Abandonment I was eight when my dad left. I remember his laundry being gone; his toothbrush missing by his sink; his car not parked in the driveway; his blue leather chair next to the window in the living room, gone. His leather bedroom
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I’m not perfect…yet!

Embracing Our Imperfections I hate perfectionism. It should be an easy thing to get over. With imperfection everywhere, shouldn’t we just embrace our imperfections? Simple. Right? Yet, my irrational desire to be flawless makes me crazy, unproductive and ill tempered. Nobody Needs
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Fear Not

“Mommy, are you going to die?” I’ll never forget that night. I was soaking in a detox bath after spending the day in the infusion center receiving my fourth chemo treatment. It had only been a month since our world was rocked from my breast cancer diagnosis. Our daughter, who was
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Bitter or Better

Responding to Life’s Unexpected An unborn child dies in the womb. A plane carrying more than one hundred passengers explodes mid air. A new dad dies in an auto accident on the way to see his new baby girl. A woman walks into her office and discovers her desk has been
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Our Blood Runs Red

Born a girl, into a persecuted minority group in Afghanistan, Fatima1 already had two strikes against her. To make matters worse, she also married the wrong man. One night, her husband pummeled her, knocked out her teeth, sliced open her face, and stabbed her skull, leaving the
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Katie Eats: Quick Quinoa Cuisine

Feeling well and having lots of energy depends upon the types of food we eat. Food is fuel. If your diet is based upon fast food, pre-packaged foods and sugary drinks, then you won’t feel your best. Eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains gives the body the
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Going Deeper – Things That Really Matter

Make every day a day that really matters. Don’t suddenly wake up and discover your day is gone. I love stories, don’t you? Especially when the main character starts off in a desolate spot, nothing more than a poor shadow of endless nothingness, and then rises above the
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From the Old Wooden Bench to the Comfy Brown Couch

A Season of Waiting My heart raced as my car inched closer to his driveway. What if there’s no chemistry? What if we have nothing to talk about? Have I set myself up to be let down again? These questions of doubt were fumbling around in my mind as I prepared to meet my blind date
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An Officer’s Call for Prayer

An interview with South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Major Frank O’Neal   For most people, a day at work poses little or no threat of danger. Many of us work in classrooms, office buildings or other settings ideal for accomplishing our given tasks,
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Permission to Sift

Permission Granted You would think comedy would be the last way God would address sin, but then, the belly of a large fish doesn’t seem like a good idea to me either. While serving in ministry as a Christian Comedienne, I’m always looking at life with a little different twist.
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Growing Up & Popping Bubbles

Were you ever asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’ve learned only God knows our future, and what we should be asking is: Lord, what do YOU want me to be when I grow up? While in college, I changed my major about as often as the seasons change. After trying my hand
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