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Prayer: A Personal Journey

By Karen O’Connor   I flipped to the new page of my devotional calendar on the kitchen table (Spirit of Ireland: A Treasury of Wit, Wisdom, and Irish Blessings) and read these words: “Many people consider prayer a last resort, but God meant for it to be our first and surest line of defense.” My […]


By Shawn McMullen    My nephew and niece, Ryan and Robin Lamb, have three children—Payton and Griffin, 5-year-old twin boys, and a daughter, Zooey, who is 2. Because they’re active in their church and make Christ an important part of their lives, their family conversations often reflect their spiritual values. Not long ago, Robin and […]

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God’s Plan

By Tonja Talley   Metal struck metal as the jail cell door slammed behind Amy. The echo thundered through cellblock H. Amy cringed. The other prisoners’ piercing stares, the angry comments, and the smells were harrowing. Caught in Satan’s stronghold, Amy embezzled money from her employer over a three-year period in a desperate attempt to […]

Praying together as a couple

  My husband and I talked with our minister who encouraged us to begin praying together. We were too embarrassed to ask how to do this, so we’re asking you for guidance.   Like all communication, prayer is a vital link that gives meaning to a person’s life and relationships. Couple prayer has been the […]