When God Asks You to Do Something You Don’t Want to Do

By Barbara Rainey | August 23, 2021 | 92 Comments

  Dear Barbara: I’m struggling right now. I really feel God asking me to do something that sounds too hard. Honestly, I don’t want to obey. Why would He do that? How can I negotiate? Dear friend, It’s scary, isn’t it? I’ve wondered the same. I remember when, after an exhausting week wrangling five relentless […]

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Forgiveness to Cover All Wounds

By Katie Butler, MD | July 22, 2021 | 4 Comments

Note from Barbara: Today’s post is from an author new to me but perhaps not to you as she writes regularly for The Gospel Coalition and desiringGod.org. I read her new book, Glimmers of Grace, in one weekend. Her stories of patients and those who wait and pray with them spoke to me on many […]

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Set Free to Free Others: The Bob Fu Story

By Barbara Rainey | July 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

He was born in China to a woman who was a street beggar in 1968. Extreme poverty and extreme injustice, not a safe home and stable parents, helped shape the childhood of Bob Fu and his sister. Despite overwhelming obstacles, Bob graduated from high school with hope of a better life as one of the […]

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My Life with Elisabeth Elliot, a Mentor Worth Following

By Barbara Rainey | May 17, 2021 | 8 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege to meet a New York Times best-selling author. While I was in Washington, D.C., for a board meeting, Ellen Vaughn met my friend Susan Yates and I for lunch, bringing with her the journal Elisabeth Elliot kept for the too-few years of her marriage to […]

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In This World We Will Have Trouble … but There is Hope

By Barbara Rainey | January 25, 2021 | 12 Comments

All too frequently I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t go back to sleep. A week ago at 3:30 a.m. my brain started firing about the condition of our world. I didn’t ask for this, didn’t want it either, but it’s what my inner being was processing and it bubbled to […]

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