Aggie: A girl without a country

Aggie

The following true account is taken from the book Aggie: A Girl Without a Country, previously published under the title One Witness, written by Aggie Hurst and published just after her death in 1981. It's an example of how being a faithful witness and doing what God has shown you to do can have tremendous impact, even when it doesn't seem that way at first. Back in 1921, a missionary couple named David and Svea Flood went with their two-year-old son from Sweden to the heart of Africa—to what was then called the Belgian Congo. They met up with another young Scandinavian couple, the Ericksons, and the four of them sought God for direction. In those days of much devotion and sacrifice, they felt led of the Lord to set out from the main mission station and take the Gospel to a remote area. Read more »

How to begin a relationship with God. Spiritual life and growth in a nutshell.

Jesus reacing out

In a world with a bazillion philosophies, religions and "roads" to purported "enlightenment", one may wonder if it's possible to truly distinguish if there is indeed just one "right" path to God; or for that matter, whether God even exists. As far as the "bazillions" of philosophies, religions and "roads" to God purported today ... they can really be narrowed down to TWO. Read more »

Girl in the train … and the tram …

Girl on the Train

Have you ever had the feeling the Lord really wanted you to speak with someone, yet the situation was such that people were all around and it would seem quite awkward to take the plunge? Such was the situation as we were on the train coming home. There we were, the whole crew sitting in the train, (Anya, myself, Kaden, Ashley and Jessica) almost arriving at our final destination -- but then I noticed a girl nearby, perhaps about 23 years old. She was trying to fight back tears yet not succeeding. Read more »

Children – Generate happiness by saying yes

Happy Ashley and her happy snails

If you're like many parents you might find yourself saying "no" to your children quite often. Now there are definitely good reasons to say no -- especially when what they're asking is not in line with deeper-level guidelines which are important in life. However, there are quite a lot of requests and desires that don't seem to carry "meaning of life" level ramifications. My five-year-old daughter, Ashley, really gets attached to little creatures. She's got such a mothering and tender heart, and recently she just loves to mother . . . snails. Read more »

Am I a good Christ?

Woman looking in the mirror

By Francis Chan, Catalyst I think it’s time we stop asking ourselves the question: “Am I a good Christian?” We live in a time when the term “Christian” has been so diluted that millions of immoral but nice people genuinely consider themselves “good Christians.” We have reduced the idea of a good Christian to someone who believes in Jesus, loves his or her family, and attends church regularly. Others will label you a good Christian even though your life has no semblance of likeness to the way Christ spent His days on earth. Perhaps we should start asking the question: “Am I a good Christ?” In other words, do I look anything like Jesus? This question never even entered my mind until a friend of mine made a passing comment to me one day. Read more »

Business Secrets of the Trappists

Trappist Monks

This article depicts the success of the monks at a Trappist's Monastery in South Carolina and gives us a peek in to the contributing factors of their successful monastery as well as their business ventures within their local community. What makes it interesting are the foundational principles the author brings out which can be applied to our lives. If you have time to read it I think you'll find it, as I did, chock full of lessons and quite inspiring. Whether you're interested in spiritual principles or business tips (or both), I think you'll find some "secrets of success" in here. Read more »