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  • What Parents Should Know About Teen Suicide
    For a teenager to be so unbearably unhappy that he would choose to kill himself is something that’s almost too painful for a parent to think about. But with the increasing prevalence of teen suicide, no parent can afford to ignore the possibility. Suicide is now the third leading cause of death for high-school students. Kids look at this world as being more and more hopeless. They have no answer for their pain and despair, so many are choosing suicide as their solution. When I wa
  • What does the Bible say about depression?
    Depression is a widespread condition, affecting millions of people, Christians and non-Christians alike. Those suffering from depression can experience intense feelings of sadness, anger, hopelessness, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms. They may begin to feel useless and even suicidal, losing interest in things and people that they once enjoyed. Depression is often triggered by life circumstances, such as a loss of job, death of a loved one, divorce, or psychological problems su
  • Miracles do happen
    Miracles do happen in this day and age. I can prove it. This is my testimony:In 2004, my wife and I were contemplating having a second child. Our daughter was four then and we felt that she might feel lonely growing up as an only child. Only months earlier, we had welcomed Jesus into our life as our Saviour and Lord. One Friday morning, I was reading the bible while sitting on the ‘great white throne’ in the bathroom - this is a great place for quiet time; you don’t g
  • Face the Face
    Have you ever met someone who could light up a room with their radiant expression?Most of us are more familiar with grumpy expressions. Nobody likes a sourpuss, but let’s face it, with all the stress and anxiety many of us deal with on a regular basis it is not uncommon for us to walk around with a stern face. We shouldn’t, I know, but we do.In Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians he speaks of how in our earthly lives what we see is but a poor reflection, “as
  • Technology and the Worship Leader
    For many worship leaders, technology is either a necessary evil or too much of a good thing. Kim Gentes, founder of www.WorshipMusic.com, has been working with technology both inside and outside of the worship leading field for many years. His insights here on using technology to aid the worship encounter are insightful and invaluable.1. SOLVE PROBLEMS & MEET NEEDS WITH TECHNOLOGY.The importance of any technology is found in its utility. This is especially true in our worship commu
  • Giving, Receiving and Gratitude
    Kneeling before the toilet in the motel’s bathroom I prayed, “Father, please help me get a deer today.” The early morning sun illuminated the snowcapped mountains’ panorama above Squaw Valley in 1967 with an excitement that compelled me to run towards their base. Carrying my brother’s new 30-30 lever action rifle, the climb up into the steep and wooded wilderness of unknown sights and sounds was exhilarating.Having nearly died three years earlier from a ru
  • Rebecca St. James Interview
    REBECCA ST. JAMES is both a Grammy and Dove Award recipient, with international success that has driven her record sales into the millions. The Australian-born St. James, who has been called “the definitive voice in today’s contemporary Christian music,” is the author of such books as Wait for Me and She. She is known for her passionate involvement in youth-related ministries.Tracy: It’s been awhile since we touched base, and we’d love for you to share wit
  • GOD’S MERCY!
    The content of this publication is not “Politically Correct.” The content is “BIBLICALLY  CORRECT.” Gods Mercy ?? YOUR LIFE DEPENTS ON IT ! God’s Mercy? Something to think about…… what about you? Can you live apart from the God who formed you in your mother’s womb? Has not every bite of food that has ever entered your mouth been given by this gracious God, who causes the rain to water the earth, and who enables man to harvest his cro
  • In the land of Mao, a rising tide of Christianity
    Worshippers attend a service at a church in China’s Protestant heartland in the country’s east. By some estimates, China now has 100 million Christians, more believers in Christ than Communist Party members.(Ariana Lindquist for NPR) Official Chinese surveys now show that nearly one in three Chinese describe themselves as religious, an astonishing figure for an officially atheist country, where religion was banned until three decades ago.The last 30 years of economic r
  • Delirious: my journey with the band, a growing family and an army of history makers
    Singer-songwriter Martin Smith of Delirious teams with co-writer Craig Borlase to tell the story of one of Christian music’s most popular worship bands in Delirious: My Journey With the Band, a Growing Family and an Army of Historymakers.For 17 years, Smith fronted Delirious, known for such songs as “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?” and “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever.” The Dove Award-winning, GRAMMY-nominated band helped bring the modern worship mo
  • Can God Be Silent?
    It was in 2006 that German-born Pope Benedict XVI visited Auschwitz where six million Jews had been killed under Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship and the words he uttered were: “In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent?” The question on the silence of God is deep. God is the focus when silence hits you where you are. Even atheist Bertrand Russell said:
  • The Best in life is to live for Jesus
    Composed by Alem Meren On February 5, 1959 at Aliba, Ao area The wintry leaves of mountain trees were pale, The slanting rays of sun upon me fell. Then up in mountain top alone was I. My heart had danced and leaped and sang with joy My mind was full of thoughts with fate of men; I mused upon the destiny of men. A thought then came to me that gave me grief That life at best is full of cares and brief! What man is he just born to die again? For see! Like us were born the sons of men Wh
  • Science book and the Bible: which weighs heavier?
    Once great nations are in social decline. Family breakdown and crime are increasing. Where there would seem to be everything to live for, epidemic of youth suicide and broken homes did afflicted nations. What accounts for this? This social decay has followed considerate changes in what young children are taught in school. Depending on the country, several generations have been taught that human life is the result of a giant cosmic event. I was taught too! I remember how our Science tea
  • Quest of Spirituality
    The growing tension and the search for true Spirituality is a postmodernquest. Each religion professes its own faith according to its own beliefs and teachings. David Brian Perrin once lamented that, “People throughout the world experience spirituality whether they are Christians or not, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are all forms of spirituality, but have no reference to a God.” The term “Spirituality” can be expressed in various terms such as feelings, co
  • Knock Down Your Altar
    Judges 6:1-2 reads: “And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD:  and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel:  and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.”  Israel suffered because they put up altars of Baal. As a result, God allowed the powerful Midianites and the merciless Amalekites to
  • Lives transformed by Christian faith
    Tom’s Lonely Journey to JesusTom knew he’d been unwanted all of his life, even before birth. Rejection and abuse eventually propelled him into a violent life of crime on the streets. After being miraculously protected in prison and later directed by an angel, Tom discovered the prayers from a group of teenagers leading him to surrender his life to Jesus Christ.God’s way is never what one would consider the logical course of events. No one would ever believe that God w
  • “Father, Please Heal My Broken Heart”
    How can you mend this broken man?How can a loser ever win?Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again.These lyrics from a popular song of the ’70s, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by the Bee Gees, can certainly make us reflect on our own broken hearts. How many of you have a broken heart now, or have had your heart broken in the past? You have this huge gaping hole in your heart that was left by someone or circumstances. How many of you feel that this
  • The Mountain Moving Business
    We all know it takes faith to move mountains and I believe our own faith is strengthened, as well as others, each time we share our victories. We overcome by our testimony so I have elected to share with you a brief testimony of mine. (Rev. 12:11)Before I get to my testimony however, I want to point out that I am not in the mountain-climbing business I am in the mountain-moving business. I don’t believe in climbing over the devil I believe in knocking him down and then kicking hi
  • Justin Bieber: Tween Evangelist?
    With a smooth voice, a signature mop of hair and a string of hits, Justin Bieber has accumulated millions of fans and sold 3.7 million albums in the United States last year. Now Bieber's handlers are showcasing another side of the 16-year-old pop sensation: Christian icon for the tween set.Bieber's faith is on display in the new 3-D concert film/documentary "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," which hits theaters Friday (Feb. 11). Paramount Pictures has screened the movie for fa
  • Testimonies of people who have found answers
    Michael W. Smith recalls drug addiction, boasts of identity in Christ Audrey BarrickSinger/songwriter Michael W. Smith hasn’t been the same since God came to him more than 30 years ago during his darkest days. Though he has become one of the most recognized and respected Christian music artists – with 44 Dove Awards, three Grammys and more than 15 million in sales – it wasn’t always smooth sailing for Smith.In a personal testimony shared on the website IAmS