evangelism | faith | grace

Light of the World

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that […]

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evangelism | faith | grace | smallness | weakness

Clayish Expectations

People concoct certain expectations of you after moving abroad, especially if you immigrated to a wealthier nation. No one is to blame. I myself hold this kind of mindset. Exposed to lack and deprivation from my growing years, I believe flying out of the country is my only ticket out of scarcity. Of course, not […]

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evangelism | redemption | sin

The Mess I Can’t Clean

Imagine a toddler doing their utter best not to make a mess, not to spill their drinks, not to stain their clothes so mommy will be pleased. If you’re a parent, you’d probably roll your eyes after reading that. That’s how we approach God. We thought (or are taught) we’d have to clean our act […]

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evangelism | love

Who is God’s Beloved?

Our 3-year-old climbs on my side of the bed and lies down beside me. I make room for him, wrap my arms around his little frame, peck his right cheek, and declare how much I love him (for the nth time). In the middle of our snuggle moment, I ask if he loves me back. […]

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evangelism | forgiveness | offense

Holding Back Offense When I Can’t

There’s this person in my life, who knows where to push the wrong buttons without being intentional. Our conversations usually start out casual, familial. We go through the customary ‘how are you doing’ exchange, catch up on life, kids, the economy. We then move to deeper, emotional topics until… bam! In the multitude of words […]

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evangelism | peace | wisdom

Eternity’s Answer to Transient Troubles

My eyes gape open when I read the scribbles of the pediatrician on our 1-year-old’s medical record. No, this can’t be true! Despite the glaring pieces of evidence, the irritations, the itching, the open wounds, I refuse to admit something is wrong with my baby. What parent would? The doctor hands me another paper with […]

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evangelism | nakedness | shame

Why We Hide When Naked?

Yitzhak crossed his arms, covering his naked body from the waist up. He did this after I’ve removed the juice-smeared t-shirt off his 3-year-old frame. Is it a deliberate act? is my toddler aware of his nakedness? Or is it one of his many cute antics’? Shame. We all have them. It’s an age-old problem […]

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