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Betrayal of a King

In August of 480 BC, a few hundred Spartans led by King Leonidas battled against 150,000 Persian warriors led by King Xerxes. The heavily outnumbered Greeks held their ground, repelled the invaders, and controlled the battle for three days.

But there was one thing King Leonidas couldn’t control…and it would prove fatal. Continue reading

Church Only Makes Me Feel Worse

Ask church people about their image in the community and they’re likely to reference “hospitals for the sick” or “lighthouses for lost.” Let’s face it; that’s how we like to see ourselves.

But one prostitute in Chicago has a completely different take on Christians and the Church. Continue reading

Running Together

Running a 5K isn’t easy. The course stretches 3.1 miles long and can be filled with hills and headwinds. Successful runners know it takes a good pair of running shoes, plenty of training, and unflinching endurance to finish strong.

And it doesn’t hurt to have a good running partner, either. Continue reading

Herod the Great, AKA, Herod the Murderous

Matthew opens his version of the Good News of Jesus Christ with some unthinkably bad news: the King of the Jews, Herod the Great, becomes jealous and angry, and slaughters innocent baby boys born in and around Bethlehem. Since no other historian mentions this atrocity, many deny it ever took place.

Yeah, murdering innocent people would be soooooo out of character for King Herod…. Continue reading

Forgiving Manslaughter

On October 20, 2013, tragedy rocked Forest Grove, a small town on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Two young step-sisters, Anna Dieter and Abigail Robinson, were killed in a hit-and-run accident. The town was shocked to hear of the girls’ deaths.

It was also shocked to learn the parents’ response. Continue reading

Baseball Manners

Coach Brown and his squad of little leaguers were down 11 runs in the 8th inning. He was as frustrated as the 4th graders he was coaching. The game was all but lost, and the poor attitudes around him just kept getting worse.

When he could take it no more, Coach Brown walked over for a heart-to-heart talk with his young pitcher. Continue reading

50-Year-Old Grudge

On January 31, 2012, 73-year-old Carl Ericsson rang the doorbell of Norman Johnson, a classmate of his from the 1950s. When the elderly Johnson opened the door, Ericsson pulled a .45-caliber pistol from his pocket and shot the homeowner dead.

The coldblooded murder moved Ericsson from one prison to another. Continue reading

The Twisted Kiss

Let’s face it; some people are better kissers than others. For many, kissing is reduced to a physical act and nothing more. For others, kissing allows them to communicate their passion and love for one another.

Dr. Richard Selzer once witnessed a kiss that left as big of an impact on him as it did the one who received it. Continue reading

Shooting the “Bull”

General William Nelson caused lots of trouble for the Confederate Army that fought against him during the Civil War. The hulking man who stood over 6 feet tall and weighed more than 300lbs well-deserved his nickname of “Bull.”

But after dodging every bullet fired at him by the Confederate Army, he couldn’t dodge just one that was fired at him from the gun of a fellow Union general. Continue reading

You Might Be A Missionary’s Kid…

Missionary’s kids are a special breed. They’ve traipsed around the globe with their parents sharing the Gospel as a family. But sometimes, they stand out just as much when they get back home as they did when they were on the mission field.

Here are a few ways you can pick them out in a crowd. Continue reading