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Through The Cross, Our Lives Become Victorious

Once there was a young woman who, upon leaving home, ignored her religious upbringing and lived a wild and immoral life—until she was diagnosed with a fatal disease. Far from home, with no one else to turn to, she spent her last few weeks in a hospital run by Catholic nuns, and she was constantly […]

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We Owe Our Love To One Another

Several centuries ago it was quite common for gentlemen to settle their serious arguments or disputes by having a duel. Even though the Church had condemned dueling, and many governments had outlawed it, members of the military and the aristocracy often insisted upon this way of upholding their honor when they were insulted, and the […]

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Transforming Grace

Some years ago a Christian in India named Sundar was walking with a Buddhist monk on a mountain trail high in the Himalayas. It was late afternoon, and growing very cold; the monk warned him that if they did not reach their destination, a Buddhist monastery, by nightfall, they were in real danger of freezing […]

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A Rock That Will Last Until The End Of Time

Once there was an American tourist traveling on a European steamship; the vessel set out into the Mediterranean Sea from the French port of Marseilles. On the second day of the journey, a huge black mountain seemed to rise up from the sea, and the tourist asked a member of the crew, “What’s that?” The […]

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Jesus Calls Us To A Higher Standard

A young woman named Jill had been dating her boyfriend Tom for several months, and they had become very close; in fact, the two of them were seriously discussing marriage, and even considered themselves engaged to be engaged. There was one hitch, however: Jill hadn’t yet met Tom’s parents. They’d been putting this off, for […]

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Jesus Is Stronger Than Any Storm

One April day in 1993, two friends—Donald and John—set off from Charleston, South Carolina in Donald’s forty-six foot boat Perseverance on a two-day cruise to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. By the middle of the second day, heavy clouds had set in, and the ocean became very rough. Donald was foolishly sitting in the stern without […]

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Preparing Ourselves For Our Eternal Destiny

Many centuries ago a holy abbot named Anastasius was in charge of a monastery in Egypt. This particular monastery had an impressive library of manuscripts, one of which was a rare volume worth a fortune. One day a young monk was visiting from another monastery; he had chosen a monastic lifestyle not so much out […]

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We Are Given A Mission In Life

I’m very proud to be an American, but there are times when I’m ashamed of our country. I’m proud that we have what in some ways is probably the freest society on earth, but I’m ashamed that so many people misuse this freedom through such things as crime, materialism, and immorality. I’m proud that we […]

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In His Gentleness, We Find Peace

One of Aesop’s Fables tells of a contest between the wind and the sun, who wanted to see which one was the stronger. A man was walking along a deserted road, and the sun said to the wind, “Whoever can make that man remove his coat will be the winner.” The wind agreed, and decided […]

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Jesus’ Promise Of Final Victory

Once there was a funeral for a man named Glenn—a recovered alcoholic. A passage from 2 Timothy (4:6-8, 17-18) was read at his funeral, and it seemed very appropriate because of the words, “I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Those who knew Glenn also smiled at St. Paul’s words, “I am […]

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