How Can GOOD FRIDAY Truly Be “Good”?

  This Good Friday doesn’t look so good in the news. One quick glance at the headlines this morning was, frankly, depressing: Parents sentenced to life for torturing their own children; Two administrations in a row ignoring massive cyber attacks that have gravely diminished trust in our democratic system; Two young teen girls hatching a plot to murder nine of their peers, now facing serious prison time… What in the world is going on? We all know it’s not just this Friday. From our perspective, Good Friday was ‘good’ because it was necessary. When someone suffers or dies for a noble cause we rightly pause to honor the sacrifice. In… Read More

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What Changes in 20 Years?

As we come into the final stretch of our 2019 Door of Hope Campaign, I’ve been thinking a lot about what changes in two decades. Yesterday I was rummaging through old family pictures. There are toddler pics of our kids being doted on by smiling grandparents – some of whom are now ‘Heaven-home.’ There are hilarious poses in dance costumes, school uniforms or covered in mud after rainstorms on our Texas farm, their faces changing over time to look more like Mom and Dad. You probably have pictures like this strewn around your home in photo albums, desk drawers or old frames lining your hallways. Then I took some time looking… Read More

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“Refugee is Not a Four-Letter Word” or “The Law of Intended Consequences”

Yesterday was “World Refugee Day.” 1 The short introduction to the U.N. page on this event states simply “…the time is now to show that the global public stands with refugees.” Put another way: “We the people stand with people, especially those in dire circumstances.” Think about that for a moment. It is a pro-life, anti-war statement of the inherent worth in every human life. And it’s a natural extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which, in the aftermath of the horrors of World War, is one of the crowning diplomatic and legal achievements of the 20th Century.2 Politically speaking, that we even have a “World Refugee Day”… Read More

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Greece’s Island of Despair (The Latest on Syrian Refugees in Greece…)

[Note from Bram: This excellent piece expands on my firsthand report from September, 2017.] Text by ILIANA MAGRA MARCH 29, 2018 A Syrian family trying to keep warm at a makeshift camp near Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos. CreditMauricio Lima for The New York Times His brown eyes sunken and flat, Jahangir Baroch had spent another sleepless night in the metal container on the Greek island of Lesbos where he has lived for more than a year. “There was no electricity in the container last night,” Mr. Baroch, 26, said desperately, at a center for refugees, away from the holding camp in Moria, where he is housed. “It was like a… Read More

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SALHAR and the Future of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Dateline: Beka’a Valley, Lebanon I’m traveling the breadth of Lebanon this week, following some of the most inspiring people you’ll ever meet as they do incredible work. The Gospel is going out with Power here, and redeeming people in amazing ways. In turn, our on-the-ground partners have been introducing me to the beautiful people God has placed in front of them. Make sure to spend a few minutes on the Compassion Radio Facebook page to see more pictures and videos of these wonderful folks and ad hoc reports along the way. Meet Salhar… [layerslider id=”2″] I’d like to tell you a little about a friend I made yesterday – Her… Read More

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Who Speaks for the Fallen?

“Though he is fallen asleep, God will not leave him In this forgetfulness. Awakened, he Will laugh to think what troublous dreams he had… Who, when the appointed Day shall dawn, escapes From dark imaginings that haunted him, And turns with laughter on his phantom griefs When he beholds his everlasting home.” Rumi – The Progress of Man Who speaks for the Fallen? While we were celebrating our nation’s 396th Thanksgiving, more than 300 worshippers in northern  Sinai, Egypt were gunned down while they prayed. That includes at least 27 children. In a systematic and meticulously planned attack, the congregation at Rawdah Sufi mosque in Bir al-Abed were dispatched by ISIS… Read More

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