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POWER is something many of us take for granted. For example, we give little thought to the electrical power that gives us light and heat or to the convenience of plugging in any electrical appliance we may own. Only an unexpected power outage brings home to us that without power, man’s cities would practically shut down. Most of the electricity on which we depend comes indirectly from the earth’s most reliable power source—the sun. Every second this solar reactor consumes five million tons...

by School Of Life on 4 December 2017

ISRAELITE priest Ezra was an outstanding researcher, scholar, copyist, and teacher of the Law. For Christians today he is also a fine example of whole-souled service. How so? In that he maintained his godly devotion even while living in Babylon, a city filled with false gods and demon worship. Ezra’s godly devotion did not just happen. He worked at it. Indeed, he tells us that he “had prepared his heart to consult the law of the Lord and to do it.”—Ezra 7:10. Like Ezra, God’s people...

by School Of Life on 4 December 2017

‘I WAS an insolent persecutor,’ admitted a formerly proud and violent man. He had been an abusive blasphemer who had heartlessly harassed and assaulted God-fearing followers of Jesus Christ. “Nevertheless,” he stated gratefully, “I was shown mercy.” Incredible as it may seem, this rabid persecutor became the faithful Christian apostle Paul.—1 Timothy 1:12-16; Acts 9:1-19. Not everyone has done the sort of things that Paul did. Yet, all of us fail to meet God’s standards. Why? Because...

by School Of Life on 4 December 2017

TO ALL of those yearning for solace, the Bible has words of comfort. Little wonder, then, that The World Book Encyclopedia says that “countless people have turned to the Bible for comfort, hope, and guidance during times of trouble and uncertainty.” Why? Because the Bible is inspired by our loving Creator, “the God of all comfort,” the One “who comforts us in all our tribulation.” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) He is ‘the God who supplies comfort.’ (Romans 15:5) God has set the example...

by School Of Life on 4 December 2017

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of him, and he himself will make your paths straight.”—PROVERBS 3:5, 6. PRESENTLY, there are about 9,000 daily newspapers in circulation worldwide. Every year some 200,000 new books are published in the United States alone. According to one estimate, by March of 1998, there were about 275 million Web pages on the Internet. This figure is said to be growing at a rate of 20 million...

by School Of Life on 4 December 2017

Is your soul weary today? When my soul is troubled, I need to stop and hear God’s words of love — rather than distracting myself with doing more and ignoring my heart. Is your soul feeling weary too — even though you’re getting things done and all looks well on the outside? We live in a world that is good at problem solving. Have a problem, just Google your question and a slew of search results offer you a different approach. Our world rewards productivity and results....

by School Of Life on 4 October 2017

I know some people will jump all over this one, but I find my most effective time to pray is around 1 in the morning, when I have been awakened from a sound sleep and am still in a somnambulant state. Analytic thought is at a low point — which is where the scoffing comes in (“See, I told you that Christians don’t think!“), but sometimes, our thinking and overthinking get in the way. So last night, at 1 in the morning, it became very clear to me: Christianity does not have to be as difficult...

by School Of Life on 25 September 2017

Christianity is a lifelong journey, taken one moment at a time, and we keep learning and changing and growing until the last breath leaves our lips. Here are 10 Ways to Be a Successful Christian 1) Talk to God. A lot. I tend to do this in my head, since thinking is faster than speaking, in the same way that typing is faster than writing by hand. And people don’t look at you weirdly. Praying is essentially talking to God, as if He were a Person, which He is. You just can’t see Him, touch Him,...

by School Of Life on 25 September 2017

Theoretically there are millions of Christians in my home country, the United States, but for some reason, we are always looking for a major revival before we expect to see any significant changes made in our collective lifestyle. Things used to be better, we are told, back when Beaver was a young boy and there was prayer in schools. Or further back, when Laura Ingalls Wilder was eating tough chicken on the prairie and rap music consisted of what teachers did with rulers to children’s knuckles....

by School Of Life on 25 September 2017

The first time I heard this sentence: “Jesus talked about hell more than anything else,” I knew it was inaccurate, but hadn’t read the Bible enough to say so with confidence. Now that I have grown up, as a Christian, and started chewing meat, I read very little about hell, and much, much more about love. Another favorite topic of Jesus’s, but not necessarily ours, is forgiveness. We all know we’re supposed to do it, we feel bad when we don’t, and sometimes it’s easier to just not...

by School Of Life on 24 September 2017