Beyond Belief, Session 6: Moving Mountains

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BY RACHEL DAVIS A visiting missionary told 10-year-old Arianna’s Sunday School class about life in third world countries. Arianna was especially moved when she learned kids in Haiti had no toys and often played with pieces of collapsed buildings or parts of old cars. That night she looked around her room at her stuffed animals. [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 6: Above the Clouds

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by Linda M. Harris The dreary February day, with its gray skies, leafless trees, and piles of plowed snow, seemed an echo of my disquieted heart.  My husband, Tommy, and I were on an overnight stay at Peaks of Otter Lodge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary before my [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 6: No More Drama

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BY DAN EWALD Singer/Songwriter Heather Williams’ Story of Overcoming “I always feel like Charles Dickens when I start an interview,” Heather Williams sighs — and for good reason. The singer with the massive vocals behind the radio hit “Hallelujah” witnessed so much rejection and abandonment as a child that you can hear the hurt lingering in her voice to this day. Just [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 5: Accept His Plan

 by Danny R. Von Kanel  In the midst of a career change, God called me to accept His plan and look for unexpected fruit. Something seemed amiss … I had been faithfully serving as a full-time music minister for 32 years. I loved my work. I was good at it. Though I had my share [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 5: Stripping the Veneer

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By Casey Ewen Avenriep Why is it so difficult for me to be authentic, to admit failure, to boldly defy worldly standards, and to cry out to God for help in the process? My life is a walking contradiction. My inward dialogue sounds something like this: I’m a follower of Christ who has experienced His [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 4: Forgiveness and Forgetfulness

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Have you ever been disappointed in people? You’ve befriended, encouraged, and mentored them, yet, at some point, they have walked away, never saying thank you.  By Gene A. Getz Think what the apostle Paul must have felt during his final days. In that dark and terrible Roman dungeon, he wrote to his faithful disciple and [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 4: Lady in Waiting

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A fresh start is never far away. BY TOBIN PERRY At nearly 6 feet 2 inches tall, Iris Urrey always felt out of place and ugly. Deep down she wanted to be special in someone’s eyes. She longed to be seen as a lady. But in the world where she grew up, ladies — the ones [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 4: Love Greater Than Our Sin

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By Jen Hatmaker I want our kids to know that in our family, we mess up, we fess up, we own up, and we make up. It’s just that simple. Obviously, because I’m a Christian author and speaker who’s married to a pastor, our children are perfect, always behaving as if singing angels dropped them [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 3: When Worldviews Collide

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Four Religions You Oughta Know About by Jonathan Merritt America is both the most religious and most diverse country in the world. Around nine out of 10 Americans claim they practice at least one of several dozens of religions. Furthermore, the United States is the only developed nation in a Pew Research Center study where the majority of citizens reported that religion [...]

Beyond Belief, Session 3: Your Kingdom Come

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  God calls us to go into the world and change it by proclaiming the good news of His kingdom.  By Richard Stearns I’ll never forget our family’s first visit to Walt Disney World. My wife, Reneé, and I waited until all five of our kids were out of diapers before booking the vacation. Our [...]