compassion

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Failure to Strength

One of the most memorable failures in the Bible is recorded in Mark 14:27-31 and 66-72. Just after the Last Supper, Jesus told the disciples that they would all be scattered and desert Him. The apostle Peter assured Him that if everyone else were to deny Him, he would not, and was prepared to die. […]

Compassion for the Masses

Compassion for the Masses: Six lessons gleaned from a busy day of ministry with Jesus

Ministry must be motivated by a genuine compassion for the needs of the masses and is about meeting people's needs.

Scars That Bleed

Some experiences change you forever. When I was fourteen, my first boyfriend raped me. I was forever changed, and I didn’t tell anyone — especially not my mom because she had forbidden me to see him. I had disobeyed her when I went to his house with no one else home. In the short term, […]

Faithful!

The Bible instructs us to be like God, but many attributes of His we cannot attain to or even mimic: His eternality, His knowledge of all, His power over all, His transcending presence, and His perfection, to name a few. But some attributes we may properly aspire to, such as His loving-kindness, mercy, grace, and […]

What's Really Happening in the United States
Visionary Leadership

What’s Really Going on in the United States Right Now?

Visionary Leadership in a Global Crisis These are troubling times. As I’m writing, the World Health Organization is reporting over 16,000,000 global cases of COVID-19 and over 650,000 deaths. The Center for Disease Control reports that 4,000,000 of those cases and nearly 150,000 of those deaths are here in the United States. I know several […]

Inside Job

Wendi Johnson as told to Karen Foster I pulled my baking sheet out of the oven and inhaled the sweet scent of chocolate chip cookies. When I bit into a warm one, my tears came — again. These cookies were bound for the male inmates in one of our state prisons. Would one of the […]

Balancing Justice and Mercy

Most of us are familiar with Lady Justice. We may have seen statues and paintings of her holding a sword in one hand and a balance scale in the other. The sword, of course, represents punishment and justice, and the balance scale symbolizes fairness in the justice dispensed. If we look closely at these representations […]