GoFundMe was launched on May 10, 2010 and is now the world’s #1 crowdfunding platform for personal causes and life-events. “Crowdfunding” is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. The Apostle Paul did a little crowdfunding himself but had to use face to face…

If you enjoy gift-giving you may need to thank Charles. Before he put his pen to paper, the observance of Christmas had come to a halt. Puritans saw it as a pagan holiday and worked to have it banned. Anabaptists ignored it branding it “Papist.” But that was all before Charles conjured up a story…

Hiroo Onoda refused to surrender. Onoda was a lieutenant in the Japanese army during World War II. As part of army intelligence he had been sent to Lubang, 90 miles southwest of the Philippine capital Manila, in December 1944. Three months later Allied troops landed on the island and Japanese troops began surrendering. But not…

Most Americans just do not read much. One poll states that in the past twelve months 41% of the respondents had not read a fiction book. 42% had not read a non-fiction book. And 28% have not read one book in the past year. When it comes to the Bible the results are similar. You might agree with more…

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives,” are words spoken at the start of the soap opera Days of our Lives since its beginning on November 8, 1965. The words are spoken as we watch sand moving from the top of the hourglass to the bottom. So far it hasn’t run out. Days…

Learning to pray is like going to the gym for the first time. I had a friend in college who wanted me to sign up at a gym and start working out with him. In our first session we started with the bench press. He put a bar on the weight bench. I quickly got…

Worship can be confusing at times. People say a lot of things about worship. Some say that worship is what happens at a particular building at a particular time. Some say that worship is what you do: sing, pray, take communion and listen to a sermon. Some say that worship is how you do those…

She was sitting about five feet to my right. Dark skin. Maybe ten years old. She was wearing a white dress, a ribbon in her hair, and no shoes on her feet. She had no shoes on her feet but she had a Bible in her lap. She caressed it like it was a prized…

Remember when you owned hardly anything? Life seemed a lot easier then. Parents paid the bills. Food magically appeared on the table. Clothes filled your closet. Then you got a job. You started buying your own things. You purchased your clothes. Did your own shopping at the grocery store. Bought your own car. Then you started…

It was the spring of 311. Constantine, with 40,000 soldiers behind him, made his way to Rome. His plan was to confront Maxentius whose army was four times the size of his own. That did not deter Constantine. In a vision in the afternoon sky he saw a bright cross with the words “By this…

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