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Is the World About to End? What Should I Do Now?
Dr. Roger Barrier
No society or culture lasts forever. All eventually collapse--the United States will not be the exception. So what are some of the spiritual implications for this seemingly-crumbling world as it stands today?
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China's Christianity Conundrum
Chuck Colson
What does the growth of Christianity in China mean for that nation's communist government?
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Faith and The Church

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Christian Hamaker
Like the transitional adolescent phase the story depicts, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is a bit awkward and unsettled.
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Joe Beam
Should a distressed couple work it out for the children? Marriage expert Joe Beam shares why this is the best reason to save a marriage.
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Solo Zone: Gays, Christians and Holiness
Tim Laitinen
"Are you gay?" Even in evangelical Christianity, probably even in your church, single adults can't avoid the question. Especially the longer we stay single.
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Today's Devotional

Taking the Pressure Off (from "From His Heart, by Pastor Jeff Schreve")
How shall I deliver Israel? Behold, my family is the least in Manasseh, and I am the youngest (Judges 6:15).
Have you ever felt great pressure to try to live the Christian life?
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The Sufferings of His Broken Heart
by Max Lucado

Go with me for a moment to witness what was perhaps the foggiest night in history. The scene is very simple; you’ll recognize it quickly. A grove of twisted olive trees. Ground cluttered with large rocks. A low stone fence. A dark, dark night.

Now, look into the picture. Look closely through the shadowy foliage. See that person? See that solitary figure? What’s he doing? Flat on the ground. Face stained with dirt and tears. Fists pounding the hard earth. Eyes wide with a stupor of fear. Hair matted with salty sweat. Is that blood on his forehead?

That’s Jesus. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Maybe you’ve seen the classic portrait of Christ in the garden. Kneeling beside a big rock. Snow-white robe. Hands peacefully folded in prayer. A look of serenity on his face. Halo over his head. A spotlight from heaven illuminating his golden-brown hair.

Now, I’m no artist, but I can tell you one thing. The man who painted that picture didn’t use the gospel of Mark as a pattern. Look what Mark wrote about that painful night, he used phrases like these: “Horror and dismay came over him.” “My heart is ready to breakwith grief.” “He went a little forward and threw himself on the ground.”

Does this look like the picture of a saintly Jesus resting in the palm of God? Hardly. Mark used black paint to describe this scene. We see an agonizing, straining, and struggling Jesus. We see a “man of sorrows.” (Isaiah 53:3 NASB) We see a man struggling with fear, wrestling with commitments, and yearning for relief.

We see Jesus in the fog of a broken heart.

The writer of Hebrews would later pen, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death.” (Hebrews 5:7 NIV)

My, what a portrait! Jesus is in pain. Jesus is on the stage of fear. Jesus is cloaked, not in sainthood, but in humanity.

The next time the fog finds you, you might do well to remember Jesus in the garden. The next time you think that no one understands, reread the fourteenth chapter of Mark. The next time your self-pity convinces you that no one cares, pay a visit to Gethsemane. And the next time you wonder if God really perceives the pain that prevails on this dusty planet, listen to him pleading among the twisted trees.

The next time you are called to suffer, pay attention. It may be the closest you’ll ever get to God. Watch closely. It could very well be that the hand that extends itself to lead you out of the fog is a pierced one.

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