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Christian Living / by Ben Courson - 3 months

Nothing is Impossible with God

I've been through a lot of pain in my life. If you know my story, you know I've faced death of family, heartache and depression in my short years. Not long ago I was in so much emotional pain I wondered if I would ever be happy again. But my ultimate reality is knowing my Lord is a God who heals. And I can SMILE because He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. My message of hope is the same now as it ...

by Ben Courson - 5 months

Nothing is Too Hard for the Lord

"Is anything too hard for the LORD?" (Genesis 18:14). This is a tribute to George MacDonald. The following credo was inspired by the wizard of wisdom himself. Here is my MacDonald Manifesto:I will stop complaining as if there was someone to blame and take blessings as if there was no one to thank.I will substitute the time spent excusing myself from working, to work on the task from which I'm excusing...

by Ben Courson - 6 months

How to Capture the Good in Our Darkest Moments

My mom, Tambo, likes to say, "Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed." Ah, photography as a metaphor for ultimate reality! When I was an ankle biter, my mother - a pro photographer - would use good, old film as opposed to digital technology. To develop her pictures, she would extract the negatives from her camera, which in turn, would be treated with chemicals in a darkroom that transmogrified her nega...

by Ben Courson - 6 months

What Do You Have to Be Afraid of?

"It is not the power of darkness that is to be feared, it is fear that gives power to the darkness," writes the space opera novelist, Matthew Stover. "Pain has the power to break you, or it is the power that makes you unbreakable. What it is depends on who you are." When you walk with the Lord, the one whom Paul dubs the God of Patience (hupomone in Greek, which can be translated "The God of Triumphant Fo...

by Ben Courson - 7 months

Have You Forgotten the Benefits of Joy?

The year was 1962. A bug spread through Tanzania. This was no Ebola virus nor flu germ. A laughter epidemic infected the nation. A few school girls had a fit of the giggles. Their laughter soon spread to neighboring communities. It swept across the country. Several schools even had to close down! It took half a year for this laughter pandemic to subside. Joy Is ContagiousDo you kno...

by Ben Courson - 7 months

Facing the Future With a "God Attitude"

“We don't know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.” We grew up hearing that truism because it's true. As the pointy-eared, wrinkly, green sage of Star Wars said, "Always in motion; the future is." I must tender Yoda an, "Amen."The future's not what it was. And it's blooming hard to pin down. It's never what we imagine. If you heard 10 years ago you'd be living where you...

by Ben Courson - 8 months

Rewind the Effects of Postmodernism on Younger Generations

We are not a MOPE generation. We are a HOPE generation. I will allow that it is no mean feat to be a hope generator negotiating so cynical an age. Being an optimist in a postmodern society is something akin to running up a downwards-going escalator. Postmodernism is the lingua franca of the cool and edgy…but like the phrase itself (which can mean just about anything), its users say...

by Ben Courson - 8 months

The Grammys and the Valleys

This article goes out to the brokenhearted.Sometimes life gets too hard to stand. Life's not always nice, neat, right angles, and it is fraught with valleys. Truthfully, I like hearing about the Grammys, but it can serve to reinforce my sorrow. Did you watch them Sunday night? John Williams, arguably the greatest movie composer, captured a Grammy on Sunday for Star Wars: Force Awakens. Ade...