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  • A Survivor of Chernobyl

    Rachel Chimits

    In Russia and the former Soviet states, the word “liquidator” needs no explanation. These people are a mix of survivor, victim and hero.

    When the Chernobyl reactor blew highly radioactive graphite and ash across the nearby towns and forest, the Soviet government called in liquidators to contain the disaster.

  • That Unlucky Number Thirteen

    Rachel Chimits

    Is it unbiblical for Christians to talk about lucky and unlucky situations in life, or are there circumstances where that perspective is okay?

    Donald Dossey, a folklore historian and author of Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun, wrote about his studies on Friday the 13th in National Geographic.

  • A Spirit Set Free Behind Bars

    Rachel Chimits

    The Great Physician came to heal the sick, and he continues to do his powerful work in the United States’ prisons.

    One of World Challenge’s partners in the United States, a husband and wife team, have a ministry in the prisons reaching out to inmates with the gospel. Sadly, COVID-19 restrictions have kept Chaplain Mario and Barbara from being able to enter the facilities the last few months.

  • We Testify to the Truth

    Rachel Chimits

    We are all witnesses to the truth of Christ’s work, or at least we should be; why is it difficult to talk about sometimes (or all the time)?

    “If you do not turn from your sins, you will die,” shouts one boy on the street to pedestrians. “It’s that simple. You either turn, or you burn.” Jonah is one of the LaVelle family’s 10 children, and they are all part of an evangelistic movement known as the Spokane Street Preachers.

  • A Guide for How to Die

    Rachel Chimits

    God calls us to live for him and other people, but the sacrifices necessary often seem overwhelming. How do we sacrifice our darlings, and what happens if we don’t give them up?

    Chuck Feeney, cofounder of Duty Free Shoppers and multibillionaire, is now broke. For most, this would mean too many private islands purchased, but for Feeney, it’s the achievement of a lifelong dream.

    He’s given away about $8 billion, without fanfare, often anonymously.

  • What Do We Do With Hell?

    Rachel Chimits

    A God who eternally punishes some people is one of the biggest controversies in the modern discussion of Christianity, so what is the biblical take on hell?

    My church high school group regularly showed us NOOMA videos, created by Rob Bell to help connect Christian teaching to real-life situations. As a teen, I found them helpful. They bridged the gap between ye olde Bible times and the conversations I found myself having with my peers.

  • How to Live Our Best Life Now

    Rachel Chimits

    The world has a very definite narrative about what the ‘best life’ is, but is passionate living and thrill-seeking okay according to the Bible?

    “It’s one thing to climb a nearly 500-foot high frozen waterfall in Canada or jump off a cliff in Moab – it’s something completely different to capture a beautiful picture of people doing these things,” wrote Jakob Schiller for Wired.

  • The Bridge to Evangelism

    Rachel Chimits

    Churches in Burundi are multiplying as people learn how to step forward in faith and better care for themselves and one another.

    When we read about Jesus’ miracles in the gospels, it’s hard not to search for a pattern, to see if there’s some kind of checklist or criteria for receiving healing and restoration from God. One particular incident that throws a monkey wrench in any potential pattern is Jesus’ healing of the 10 lepers.