How Can I Have a Happy Marriage?

by Susan H. “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you do ye even so to them.” One year our entire family participated in a musical play which a man in our church was putting on.  My husband was an assistant to the producer; our eldest daughter, age 10, was a member of the family in the play; our sons ages 6 and 8 had little walk-on, non-speaking parts; our children ages 2 and 4 sat on the front row during rehearsals and performances sucking their thumbs and holding thei...
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How Can I Have Compassion for Those Who Hurt Me?

By Emma Lu D We were seated on folding chairs surrounding the room. Many of the attendees seemed in a restless state. Then mixed voices erupted and they projected their anger upon each other like fiery darts. The problem seemed focused on conflicts in the Home Owners Association regarding fence lines, landscape choices, and mixed concerns regarding new roofing. As I viewed the situation, it seemed the challenge was between those who wanted to be in charge versus those who were in charge. The sa...
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Aren’t a Lot of Religious People Hypocrites?

By Elana B “I don’t need religion. I don’t need to go to church to be a good person or happy. Besides, I think church-goers are all a bunch of hypocrites.” That’s often what I hear, along with: “Your standards are out of date; no one believes them anymore.” These comments are often the basis for criticism or a direct attack, or they’re the basis for a group’s or individual’s fighting back, railing against the loss of morals and decorum in society. The proverbial “gauntlet” is thrown down dail...
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Finding Christ in Russia

By Vladimir O “I don’t believe in God, and frankly I don’t care whether or not there is a God. “ Big questions of the soul never crossed my teenage mind. I was content with my life and the only thing I really wanted to do was practice the piano, at which I was fairly accomplished. What room was there for religion in my life? I had been baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church as a child, but my family’s relationship with religion was more cultural than spiritual. Then my grandfather died. S...
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Why Did God Send Me this Special Child?

By Sharlee B When our son Emmett was born with a rare brain condition called Lissencephaly, we had no idea what our future would look like. I had never considered the possibility that I might have a child with disabilities. I didn’t know what that meant. I was afraid. My husband reassured me it would be all right and that we would just take it one day at a time. We held each other and cried and we prayed. We prayed for peace and comfort, and over time, we began to feel almost a sense of excit...
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How Do We Overcome Guilt?

By Garrett R One evening, a roommate of mine and I were heading home after getting some dinner, and on the way we passed over a high bridge. As we were going by I happened to notice a woman approach the railing of the bridge. I was a little confused as I watched this woman take her shoes off, and my confusion turned to concern and worry as she began to climb over the railing. As we were passing she looked into the car, straight into my eyes, and did something that I'll never forget--she smile...
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