The God You Serve

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY CHARITY BISHOP

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In the eyes of many Game of Thrones fans, the cold, hard Stannis Baratheon had one redeeming quality: his love for his daughter, Shireen. He protected her from his fanatical wife, went to great lengths to stop the progression of her disease (turning her to stone), and shared heart-wrenching interactions with her. Then, to appease the “Lord of Light,” Stannis let his ruthless priestess tie his child to a pyre and set it alight. He stood by as her pleas for him to save her turned into tortured screams. His anguish was evident… but he capitulated, out of a desire to appease an angry god and win a battle. Continue reading The God You Serve

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Risen: Dare to Ask the Questions…

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY CARISSA HORTON

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Genuine faith is born from asking the hard questions… from doing the research yourself, not just accepting what you’re told. You might almost call it trial by fire because sometimes coming to faith in Christ means walking away from a lifestyle you once held. Not just because it is the right thing to do and you feel obliged to do it out of some rote response, but because you want to do it, to please the One you have encountered in a very personal and significant experience. You want to be different than the person you were before… for Him. Continue reading Risen: Dare to Ask the Questions…

Saint Thomas Aquinas

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY LIANNE M. BERNARDO

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The medieval period in Europe was marked by many notable changes and developments, including the entrenchment and dominance of Christianity. This was seen in every aspect of everyday life and governance, as well as in the universities, the centers of learning. In the eleventh century Europe experienced a resurgence of intellectual activity. More classic texts from the Greek and Roman periods were becoming readily available to medieval scholars, either through translations from its original languages to Latin or interpretations by other scholars from neighboring kingdoms. Continue reading Saint Thomas Aquinas

Grace of a Martyr

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY LILA DONOVAN

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 What does it mean to be a Christian besides getting saved? Jesus warned people to “count the cost” (Luke 14:33) of following him. What did he really mean? Many of us live in first world countries, with first world problems. When we speak of martyrs, it is usually done in a disparaging way, describing someone pretending to play a victim to receive sympathy. Continue reading Grace of a Martyr

Lydia, Seller of Purple

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY VERONICA LEIGH

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One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. ‘If you consider me a believer in the Lord,’ she said, ‘come and stay at my house.’ And she persuaded us. Continue reading Lydia, Seller of Purple

Restless is Our Heart until it Comes to Rest in Thee

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY VICTORIA WILLIAMS

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Sometimes a story is told of a Christian mother yearning for her son to come to Christ. The young man is enraptured by many worldly pleasures. He is ambitious and full of pride—but his intellectual brilliance seems to justify his pride, and promise worldly success. Who could challenge such a man, or convince him of error? Additionally, he is easily led astray by his peers, enamored of a mistress, and intrigued by the strange philosophies of a religious cult. The mother prays on zealously for her only son. After years of tears and prayers, her son, Augustine, becomes a believer. He will become one of the great fathers of the early church. Continue reading Restless is Our Heart until it Comes to Rest in Thee

One Night With the King

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY RACHEL KOVACINY

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The first time I saw One Night with the King (2006), I spent an enjoyably splenetic evening ranting about all the ways the filmmakers messed up the story. I lumped it with other recent Hollywood depictions of Biblical events that strayed from the characterizations and events described in the Bible in an effort to “improve” them, to make them more exciting, more interesting. Continue reading One Night With the King

Moses

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY CAROL STARKEY

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Often when a child is spared from something horrific, Christians are quick to say how God has great plans for him. This may or may not be true; I believe sometimes children are spared from terrible things just because God’s grace saved them. Whether or not they go on to do great things is not determined by being saved from a burning building or cancer. Continue reading Moses

Maid in Heaven: Joan of Arc

MARCH / APRIL 2016: BY RACHEL SEXTON

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Ask anyone to name a saint and many will reply with the name of one of the most famous women in history: Joan of Arc. Her story—the events of her life and her road to sainthood—is made even more remarkable by how women were without freedoms during the time in which she lived. Perhaps the fact that she is a pioneer among her gender is part of the reason why Joan is a legendary historical figure, but there is much more. Her age is worthy of note—she was a teenager when she died. Joan’s youth belies her strength and the level of her faith. Continue reading Maid in Heaven: Joan of Arc