Last June, on an airplane mid-flight between Phoenix and Atlanta, a passenger suffered a heart attack with his wife and friend next to him. The crew sprang to the man’s aid and performed the best medical training they could in this emergency. Another man on the plane saw what was happening, and he walked to where the suffering man’s wife was and prayed with her and her friend during the incident. Tragically, the man didn’t survive the heart attack. When the plane landed, the
I have a friend who reminds me a little of the woman at the well, from our reading today in John 4. It’s not because of her past — my friend hasn't ever been married, and she doesn’t have any sort of bad reputation. She’s a very good person. But she’s been burned by relationships too many times, and she’s just sort of given up. She doesn’t really care much anymore about what people think about her, and she talks openly about how she feels more at home at the bar than, well, a
When I was a child, I was afraid to swim. I liked being in the water, but I didn’t like being in over my head. At all. So if you saw at my old family vacation photos, I was the kid always at the shallow end of the swimming pool, clinging tightly to the side. I wanted to wade out to the deep parts, where everyone else was having a great time, but I didn’t because I was afraid. And this is similar to the way we live our spiritual lives today. Sometimes, you see, we’re just afra
PRIDE An attractive teenaged girl was feeling down about herself after her boyfriend broke up with her. And one lonely night, in a moment of weakness, she put on some extra makeup, some semi-revealing clothes and took some pictures of herself, trying to look maybe like some of the wilder-looking female celebrities we might see on TV or in magazines. She then posted a few of these suggestive pictures of herself on Facebook, and awaited the responses. And the responses came — i
We don’t like to hear that we’re imperfect. Somehow, the idea just makes us uncomfortable. And that makes perfect sense. After all, doesn’t our whole world spin upon this idea of perfection? There is an ideal of what perfection looks like. Those ultra-skinny, young female models in their designer-labeled clothes. Their faces without a trace of a wrinkle or a blemish. The men with the broad shoulders, chiseled jaws and driving the latest luxury vehicle. Or maybe perfection is
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