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Current Events / by Mike Dente - about 1 year

An Act of Giving One’s Life: Honoring Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame

It's not often that we hear stories of heroism on the evening news. More often we have to wait until after the program and turn on a movie. Last week in France we witnessed one of those rare moments; a man gave his life to save someone in danger of losing theirs. His name was Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame, a highly decorated officer, and as more information became available, we discovered he was also a Christ...

by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Women Called by God: Madeleine Barot from the WWII French Resistance

The Righteous Among the Nations is an honorary title given by the State of Israel that signifies those non-Jews who risked life, position and family to save Jewish people from the Nazis. Poland, The Netherlands and France are nations with the most names on the list, each country counting over 4,000 people responsible for saving lives. The Righteous includes dignitaries, clergy, school teachers and mostly private c...

Discipleship / by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Experiencing an Insurrection of Kindness in Your Ministry

Even though I know it comes every year, I find that winter sneaks up on me. Often it’s the holiday season that distracts me. Life is busy, and so I grab a sweater before I’m off. Inevitably the day will come when I’ll step outside, and my heaviest winter clothing just isn’t enough. I’ve got to pull out my winter coat because the wind cuts through my clothing, and the chill clings to my bones. Days like that inspir...

History / by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Christmas Truce: The Day World War I Stopped

There are acts of unplanned kindness that break through the humdrum of daily existence and shine a new sense of light. Infused with grace, these unexpected gifts have the power to change the course of someone’s day or even become a life moment, an example for generations to come. One such event, described in a BBC documentary1 by those who lived through it, had the power to potentially stop W...

Christian Living / by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Lessons on Compromise and Concession from Gibraltar

Wars have been fought for almost every reason: land, resources, honor, greed, politics, religion...They are costly in human lives and for local economies. At times, the best the victors can hope to gain is a stronghold, a place to anchor down, to set up base and to continue their operations.  For some winning a stronghold is worth the fight. If they win the battle, perhaps a greater gain not yet vi...

History / by Mike Dente - about 1 year

Celebrating 500 Years Since the Reformation: l'affaire des Placards

Does God work in patterns? If He works miraculously in one area, does that mean He will do the same thing in another? Sometimes we hear of a person who has done extraordinary things for the Lord. Inspired, it’s natural to wish we’d been there or look for a way of replicating their work. We can't go back in time; we can't go around imitating other people's achievements, but we can celebrate what happened. ...

Christian Living / by Mike Dente - about 1 year

How Do You Handle Betrayal?

Betrayal is like a shadow and tense music in a horror film. It fills us with anxiety and clouds our lives with its presence. Sometimes it can be anticipated. There are signs that it's about to ruin a friendship or work environment, but it's not always detectable. Often the only warning may be a communication breakdown. We may reach out and hope for a positive response, but after some time, the email that we’ve bee...