Source of strength

Vocation | Chosen for weight training from childhood, champion Chinese weightlifter Christy Chester wants to use her talents to share her faith in Christ.
by June Cheng
Posted 1/25/18, 10:23 am

Following the bad news coming out of China sometimes leaves me feeling hopeless, as the clampdown on freedom seems to grow day by day. In those times it’s helpful to recall the radical, powerful testimonies of how God has turned hearts toward Him. In 2016, I sat down with Christy and Nathan Chester (engaged at the time) at a Beijing Starbucks to hear Christy’s testimony of how she went from being a girl in a town of 3,000 to one of the top female weightlifters in the country to a child of God seeking to use her talents to share the gospel.

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Wanted—a few hard workers

Work & Calling | Has old-fashioned, sweat-of-the-brow labor become an occupation to avoid?
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/16/18, 08:31 pm

A couple of electrical circuits in the basement of my house were acting up, and the nagging reality hit me: It’s time to call an electrician. No, Joel, I argued with myself, you can do this. It’s an obvious do-it-yourself assignment. But that’s when my visiting brother-in-law settled the matter. “Joel,” he said with finality, “it’s time to call an electrician.”

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Shut in and shut out

Japan | Scores of young Japanese have closed themselves off from society, and foreign missionaries may be in the best position to help them
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 10/25/17, 07:23 pm

On the surface, Japan is the miracle of Asia. Recovering from the destruction of World War II, the country rebuilt itself into the third-largest economy in the world, known for its high-quality products and vibrant and influential culture. Bright signs light up the busy city centers, the antiseptically clean subways are always punctual, and the Japanese people politely welcome foreigners.

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