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“I’m Alive…Really!”

It’s the phone call no parent wants to receive. Ever. But on Thursday, February 28, 1991, Cecil and Ruth were both informed that their son, PFC. Clayton Carpenter, was killed in action in the Persian Gulf War. In an instant, their lives were changed.

Until the phone rang again. Continue reading

The World Is Named After Him

Jesus came to change the world. By all estimates, He did a terrific job. Not only did He leave His mark on human hearts, He also left His mark on human history, dividing it between BC and AD.

His influence is even seen in the names we’ve given many places around the globe. Continue reading

My Name’s In The Book

For many, reading books is a popular pastime…whether on an actual page or on a portable screen. For some, the allure is in the story’s plot; for others, the action is the attraction. Still others are enthralled by the characters.

And thanks to one charity event, a few lucky readers got the chance to actually become the characters in their favorite authors’ books. Continue reading

Country Churches

Christianity offers all kinds of churches: family churches, denominational churches, traditional churches, contemporary churches, emerging churches, and even mega churches. All of these churches have their own characteristics and personality.

But nothing compares to the “country church.” Continue reading

Mistaken Identity…at 10,000 Feet

With his request finally approved, a CNN News cameraman quickly used his smartphone to call the local airstrip to charter a flight. He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.

Little did he know he was in for the flight of his life! Continue reading

Name in the Sand

He owns at least 200 cars, and built a special pyramid in which to store them. He also constructed the world’s biggest pick-up truck…complete with a full suite of luxury rooms. He even has a custom-made, globe-shaped motor home that is exactly one-millionth the size of the Earth.

But evidently, not even that was enough for Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. Continue reading

The Sermon on the Mound

2,000 years ago, Jesus preached a sermon on a mount that has changed millions of lives since. In 1984, Tommy Lasorda, manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, delivered a “sermon on the mound” of his own…and it changed the life of Orel Hershiser.

It was so definitive in fact, that Hershiser even got a new name. Continue reading

We’re Just Alike…Almost

The story is told of a man who had reached the end of his rope, had given up hope, and feeling all alone, was about to jump off the side of a bridge. Fortunately, another man saw what was about to happen and raced over to help him.

That’s when it got really interesting. Continue reading

#15 Wears John 3:16

Tim Tebow is as famous for his Christian faith as he is his abilities on a football field. The quarterback attended the University of Florida, and during his time there, led his team to two national championship titles, and captured the highest award for athleticism, the coveted Heisman Trophy.

But when the University of Florida erected a life-sized statue of their star quarterback, the “numbers” they included on his image had nothing to do with passes completed, yards rushed, or touchdowns scored.

Nope. The numbers that stand out actually reference a chapter and verse in the Bible. Continue reading

Cyprian Becomes a Christian

The third century A.D. was a tumultuous time for Christians. They were under persecution by Romans and Jews, and had been for two centuries. In declaring one’s allegiance to Christ, a believer might very well be consigning himself to horrendous persecution, even death. Continue reading