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Embracing Adoption's Realities

Thinking about adoption? Be sure to consider these factors.
"God tells us in Scripture that as Christians, we're to take care of orphans and widows," she says (see We're not alone and we're not without resources to tackle some of the tough issues.

Your Life Force

Becoming Christ-like servants gives our lives significance and force.
Why is it that we will do anything but give of our resources and our time, anything but selflessly The widows, mothers, father, and loved ones of these soldiers all gave the same response

The Health Care Ruling and the God of Salvation

How yesterday's ruling affects—and shouldn't affect—those who follow the crucified Christ.
and death or an exemption from our obligation to care for widows and orphans those with dramatically different ideas about how to responsibly steward our nation's resources and care

Violence in Nigeria: Breaking the Country's Fatal Deadlock

Christians and Muslims will find peace if they work together for justice.
Widows work on income-generating projects in groups of 10 based on their needs and often very costly—destroying human lives as well as the material resources desperately needed

The Story of the Early Church

Read this familiar story with a fresh perspective.
Among the seven people chosen to serve the widows were Stephen and Philip. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person's need was met.

The Truth about Marriage and Happiness

And how the church can begin proclaiming that truth.
If the statistics are true, most women will become widows later in life and will Unfortunately, far too many churches lack the time, resources, or proper training to provide nouthetic

Am I Lustful, Gluttonous, or Slothful?

Spiritual formation is not just about reading your Bible and praying.
Paul's preference is that "the unmarried and the widows … remain single," as he is, for celibacy offers Such sloth results in the lack of resources for living: "How long will you lie there, O

Christ Lifts the Widow's Veil

In 'The Undistracted Widow,' Carol Cornish says her husband's death opened a door to dependence on God that marriage had not permitted
Even though scriptural encouragement for widows is plentiful, Christian widows are often scrambling for resources that speak to their specific pain and heartache.

Grace of Giving

Giving is a matter of grace from beginning to end.
no allotment or inheritance of their own and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in we give ourselves to God in response to grace, then we give of our resources—but not

Why Johnny Can't Read the Bible

Most Americans—including Scripture-loving evangelicals—cannot name the disciples, the Ten Commandments, or the first book of the Bible. But that's not our biggest biblical illiteracy problem.
Platt recognizes that smaller churches lack the human and financial resources to offer these programs 7. Elijah's care for the widow in Zarephath (instead of the widows of Israel), and

Born Again … Again

In my ministry of racial reconciliation, I had to move from a culture of effort to a culture of grace.
when human efforts fail—when we come to the end of our own resources and somehow that the gospel is for Gentiles, Acts 10), dismantling discrimination (against Greek widows, Acts 6

Witches and the Problem of Evil

Looking behind accusations of witchcraft.
Alternatively, those with resources who refuse to share are felt to be the reason for The accused (often elderly widows) are gossiped about, stigmatized, denied social support, and, in

Songs of Justice, Missions of Mercy

Why Christian musicians are embarking on a different kind of world tour.
a cause du jour, but if it's really a calling from God, you're going to be able to draw on resources that enable you to "Emily looks at James 1:27, about taking care of widows and orphans

Putting Complainers to Work
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a murmuring against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily

Ways to Pray

Diverse figures from church history offer surprisingly similar guidance for this core Christian practice.
At these basic, early church services, the wealthy helped the needy, and food and other resources were collected for distribution to widows, orphans, the sick, the poor, the enslaved

The Health Care Debate, Early Church Style

Early Christians focused on of the sacredness of individuals, not demons, says historian Gary Ferngren.
A hundred years later, Antioch supported 3,000 widows, virgins, sick, poor, and travelers. The churches in major cities had significant resources at their disposal, and though their care

Reconcilable Differences

Fifteen years after genocide, Rwanda is showing signs of healing.
"They just need access to resources, training, and her new life as a single mom: "I was a wreck." But she was encouraged by the stories she read about women, mostly widows, who had

Lynne Hybels: Beware! Dangerous Women

They might just step up and do something.
a poor Nigerian church has an active membership of about 175 women, 90 of whom are widows. In many cases, we have financial resources that women in the past didn't even dream

Readers Write

Your responses to the January 2009 issue of Christianity Today.
into several languages, fought to abolish suttee (the practice of burning widows with the so alongside their focus on evangelism and church planting, despite the paucity of resources.

Pivoting Toward the Faraway Neighbor

Gary Haugen says rescuing the oppressed is within our reach.
But there is just as much a need for Christians who have resources and capacities to be Those things don't get to the issues of slavery, widows being thrown off their land, sexual