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A Testimony of Grace | Jasmine Patton

Upon accepting Christ, I lost everything I once thought I needed. I lost the approval, association, and even the love of my own family members. I lost a connection with several of my closest friends. I lost the ability to freely visit a country I once regarded as a second home. However, these losses were frivolous in comparison to what I gained. In accepting Christ, I gain...

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Depending on God: A Story of Grace in the Lives of Kevin, Lusi, and Carissa Chien

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” - Psalm 27:13-14 For GBF members Kevin and Lusi Chien, the year of 2015 was one marked by uncertainty, heartache, and intense spiritual testing. It was also a y...

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Engage | The Good Difference: Men, Women, and Contemporary Gender Confusion

The beauty of the Genesis narrative is found in the harmony of its simplicity and its explanatory power. Through the pen of Moses, God reveals with straightforward prose the origin of man and woman, providing us with insight into one of the most glorious realities in the universe. Genesis 1:27 gives us a general description of the event: “So God created man in his ow...

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Joy at Home | Traditions in the Christian Home

As a wife and mother, I find joy at home in creating, planning, and anticipating our family traditions. In a Brown family favorite, the lead character Tevye explains how people in his village keep their balance: “with one word...TRADITION.” He then concludes: “without traditions our lives would be as shaky as a Fiddler on the Roof.” In this musical ...

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The Value of the Local Church

Growing Up in Christian CultureGrowing up in a solid, Bible-teaching church while attending a connected Christian elementary school, I was immersed in Christianity at an early age. I made a childhood profession of faith and saw God at work in seasons of my life, yet as time progressed, it was evident that I had not given up every aspect of my life to the Lord (Luke 9:23). ...

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Joy at Home | Building Family Unity Through Travel

As a young child and teen, I had the privilege to travel extensively with my family. My father’s job was flourishing through the 80’s and his company rewarded top agents with elaborate trips around the world. My parents would frequently take me out of school early or allow an absence here or there in order to take advantage of these opportunities. I cherish mem...

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Being Salt and Light in a Culture of Death

Two summers ago our country’s pro-life movement was infused with fresh motivation to oppose abortion with vigor and persistence. Undercover videos exposing current and former Planned Parenthood employees discussing the potential sale and procurement of aborted baby parts emerged in July and quickly went viral, jolting many back into the public fight for life. These v...

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Christ and Cancer | My Only Hope in Life and Death

Q: What is your only comfort in life and death? A: That I am not my own (1 Cor. 6:19-20), but belong - body and soul, in life and in life and in death (Rom. 14:7-9) to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3:23, Titus 2:14). - Heidelberg Catechism “Happy belated birthday!” the cheerful receptionist greeted after I gave her my birth date to confirm my id...

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Joy at Home | Tips for Homemaking and Stewardship

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.~Proverbs 31:27 Homemaking can be frustrating. There's so much to do, and never enough hours to do it all perfectly. Here are the must-dos for increasing your homemaking productivity without sacrificing quality. Touch Each Piece of Paper OnceSort the mail as soon as it comes out of the m...

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The Pastor's Study | Thoughts on Suffering and Our View of God

I grew up on Gilligan’s Island back in the Stone Age (the 1970’s) when all we had were four TV channels to watch. No DVD’s; no YouTube; no Direct TV. No choices—you watched what was programmed. On one of those channels was the comedy, Gilligan’s Island. Everyone in America at the time watched it and was familiar with it. There was the main c...

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