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     Telling it like it is
Reggie isn’t your typical motivational speaker, but one thing’s for certain, he is the man for the job.
Telling it like it is
     Does the Easter resurrection even matter?
You might be thinking, what do I care? What difference does it make if Jesus rose from the dead or not?
Does the Easter resurrection even matter?
     Prison was a warning bell
Larry Harris had heard that little voice in his head several times, warning him about the stupidity of his actions and the danger of the company he was keeping, but it took a 20-year prison sentence for him to finally stop running and start hearing what the voice was saying.
Prison was a warning bell
     Discovering hope in his one-man cell
Tracy has been locked in a one-man cell in the infirmary of a Georgia prison for nearly five years. He is dealing with a lingering infection from a back surgery that he underwent years earlier during his incarceration.
Discovering hope in his one-man cell
     Abused suicide survivor finds freedom
A suicide and abuse survivor asked 'Why?' when she saw a depiction of the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
Abused suicide survivor finds freedom
     HIV sufferer and abuse victim finds healing
"I remember not understanding what this feeling was. All of a sudden I wanted to hide my body. All of a sudden I didn't want to be seen by anybody. All of a sudden, I went from this vibrant personality as a little boy to a very withdrawn and depressed dark state," Michael Cannatello recalls after being molested as a child.
HIV sufferer and abuse victim finds healing
     The real problem of sin
We live in times when people struggle with issues of faith. However, no one needs to be convinced about sin. Perhaps this is because faith is not required when you can see the reality itself. We lock our cars and homes, protect our families and avoid some risks because we have seen sin at work. This is our response to the potential of sin in others but we also struggle to guard ourselves against being sinful.
The real problem of sin
     Belly of the beast
"I think we can all relate to Jonah. We have all at times gone against what we know is right and what God wants us to do. I too was swallowed up and currently reside in the 'belly of the beast.' Through my Bible studies, as my love for Jesus continues to grow, so does His presence in my life. Without this 'side journey' I may never have known Jesus or how much God loves the world."
Belly of the beast
     Easter photos
Easter in the Middle East
Easter photos
     Atheist MD tries to debunk the resurrection - but fails
Instead of being happy and fulfilled, Dr. Greg Lehman was always frustrated and angry – despite having an enviable lifestyle that included ski trips, luxury cars, and an expensive house.
Atheist MD tries to debunk the resurrection - but fails
     Only one way?
At least there’s one!
Only one way?
     Gangster finds amazing grace
Japanese mobster thought he needed God like a hole in the head – until he got one!
Gangster finds amazing grace
     Sixth time is the last for DUI offender
Vinson found himself in prison again, convicted of driving while intoxicated—his sixth DUI offense. This time, he was sentenced to twenty years.
Sixth time is the last for DUI offender
          Mexican evangelist was lesbian prostitute
Isabél Contreras was living la vida loca – the crazy life. Raised in a religious family in southern Mexico, Isabél rejected it all and became an atheist at 14. She explored satanism during high school, drank heavily and embraced a lesbian lifestyle, even working as a same-sex prostitute for three years in Mexico City.
Mexican evangelist was lesbian prostitute
          Drug mule set free
Rejection left Willem with no hope, and then he met Jesus.
Drug mule set free
     An anchor for life
Have you ever noticed the anchor down on the side of a ship? It is huge and hefty. It is sure and steadfast.
     Tat artist ‘chased down’ by God
Thirty-nine-year-old J. Brett Prince says he was living just fine in the secular world, without faith. "I thought that I had no need for religion, I thought that the Bible was wrong, I thought that Jesus didn't even exist. I was very, very wrong," he confesses on Youtube.
Tat artist ‘chased down’ by God
     Drug addicted murderer finds meaning of life in prison
Michael grew up in Cairo, Egypt, in a predominantly Islamic family. Exposure to both Islamic and Christian culture left him confused, and he sought answers by turning to drugs at the age of twelve. By sixteen, he was fully immersed in the rave culture, a self-described atheist.
Drug addicted murderer finds meaning of life in prison
     Open the eyes of my heart
 
Open the eyes of my heart
     60s hippie left empty by sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll
Born in 1953 in a small Wisconsin town called Sheboygan, Bill had a very low self-image as a child. He was raised in a nominally Christian family that attended church, but Bill turned his back on religion. He described himself as a loner who did not fit in well. He often felt empty and unhappy.
60s hippie left empty by sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll
     Ruined life made new
Marcus Jordan used drugs to drown out the dysfunction and abuse of his relationships until he found a love he had never known before.
Ruined life made new
     Not a handyman
I remarked to a friend recently, "There are a lot of things I'm not very good at."
Not a handyman
     Finding an eternal Father
"My Dad was dead."
Finding an eternal Father
     Witch learns higher wisdom
As a girl, Annie Meadows was introduced to the occult through dabbling with a Ouija board – one of those so-called 'harmless' scary games played at many Halloween parties.
Witch learns higher wisdom
     Commitment in a consumer culture
Few relationships in our culture are unconditional. Marriage for many is a contract rather than a heartfelt relational commitment, with divorce an ever-present option. Employees are changing jobs and even switching vocations more rapidly than ever before. Forty percent of Americans change their denomination or even their religion.
Commitment in a consumer culture
     NASA scientist sees grand design
Growing up in the shadow of the Apollo missions, Space Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope had its impact on Dr. Henry Richter who later became a key player in the pivotal years of the Space Race.
NASA scientist sees grand design
     We shouldn’t exist!
Researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have published a new report stating that the universe shouldn't exist!
     Must a Christian believe in a literal creation?
By "literal Creation" I mean believe that God created the world in six normal days, that there was then a real rebellion against God by an actual Adam and Eve, followed by the entry of death, suffering and becoming carnivores (eating flesh) into a once-perfect world, and that the first chapters of Genesis are a literal, historical account of all this.
     Our great-grandfathers had more brainpower
A new study led by psychologist Michael Woodley (Umeå University, Sweden) has found that our 19th century ancestors were "substantially cleverer" than we are.
Our great-grandfathers had more brainpower
     Bringing the best you to your relationships
Becky Turney will never forget the day she married Kelly, the man of her dreams.
Bringing the best you to your relationships
     Journi travel journal app
If you are going on a trip or vacation and wanting an app that can be both a travel journal and a way to stay in touch with family and friends back home, then look no further than journi.
Journi travel journal  app
     Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 7)
The other day my husband was cutting up beef to make jerky and Carrie, our little Dachshund, was dancing around the kitchen begging for scraps.
Lessons from a Dachsie (Part 7)
     Shaken but not broken
Joshua knows what it feels like to be truly alone. He knows the pain and bruises that come from hitting rock bottom.
Shaken but not broken
     From the Gospel of John
John 3:22-4:6
From the Gospel of John
          Tim beats Tourettes
Making a World Cup record of 16 goal saves against Belgium in Brazil in 2014, Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard became a social media phenomenon, prompting a new nickname 'The Minister of Defence' and a congratulatory call from US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel, even as USA was knocked out by a 2-1 loss.
Tim beats Tourettes

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