Blessed Be the Tie That Binds

November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 “And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again” (Acts 20:37,38 NASB. Other scriptures from the Good News Translation, unless otherwise noted). Michael Colletti Listen to audio… The title is a wonderful expression of Christian fellowship. It says we are blessed because we have a bond of love and friendship. But what is real Chris- []

Count Your Many Blessings

November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders which You have done … If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count” (Psalms 40:5 NASB). Ryan, Lisa, and Rosalie Hangs Listen to audio… Note: It has been seven years since Lisa Hangs suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, caused by a ruptured cerebral aneurysm. Thankfully, the Lord overruled the matter and despite being at a work conference several hours away, it was []

Rejoicing With Unbearable Sorrow

November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4 NASB). (The following article is based on a personal testimony written by a mother who lost her young son in a tragic accident. The article appears as a personal testimony edited for publication. Consistent with the mother’s request, we include a brief tribute to her son at the close of the article.) Rachel Kraynick Listen to audio… We all face hardship, challenges, and difficulties []


November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 Gratitude “Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones” (Psalms 149:1. All scriptures from NASB). Kent and Sean Humphreys Listen to audio… The word “Thanksgiving” has a far-reaching meaning. Typically, when one hears this word, they envision a banquet table overflowing with delicious food and surrounded by hungry appetites! In the United States, the annual celebration of Thanksgiving takes place in the month of November. It is a time when families come []

A Psalm For Thanksgiving

November/December 2017, Volume 99, Number 6 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. … Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (Psalms 23:1-6, all texts from NASB).” — Ray Charlton Listen to audio… “The LORD is my shepherd,” David remembers the lifelong blessing of having Jehovah as his caretaker and guide. Isaiah echoes, “Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm []