Who Shields Us?

Who Shields Us?

Written By Calvin Woo Recently, I felt God’s calling do something for the society. As a university student, it crossed my mind to venture into social entrepreneurship, and to incorporate Christian principles and values into my business. But while I was enthusiastic about the idea, the responses I received when I communicated my plans with […]

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ODJ: war

ODJ: war

Journalist Jeffrey Gettleman asserts, “There is a very simple reason why some of Africa’s bloodiest, most brutal wars never seem to end: they are not really wars. . . . The combatants don’t have much of an ideology; they don’t have clear goals. . . . I’ve witnessed up close—often way too close—how combat has morphed from soldier versus soldier (now a rarity in Africa) to soldier vers

Though wars may rage; peace can be found in Jesus Christ

Though wars may rage; peace can be found in Jesus Christ

Shaken by the battles in his broken home, Phil joined the Marine Corps and headed to Vietnam. In the ensuing years, he struggled with a debilitating case of post-traumatic stress disorder. Discover how Phil found lasting peace through a relationship with Jesus Christ. Part 1: Phil’s beginnings Part 2: Lost and wounded Part 3: Finding […]

ODJ: Christmas accusation

ODJ: Christmas accusation

December 2, 2011 Rachel weeps for her children (v.18).   READ: Matthew 2:13-18 Few things seem more out of place than the appalling account of Herod’s slaughter of the innocents (Matthew 2:16). Why would a loving God permit a tyrant’s massacre of children to stain the beauty and poignancy of the Christmas story? 
Matthew recounts in […]

ODJ: wanting justice

ODJ: wanting justice

November 12, 2010 Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living 
in spiritual darkness. 
. . . Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city? (4:11).  READ: Jonah 3:6-4:3 Evil is everywhere. Last year, not far from where I 
 was living, 57 civilians were massacred by 
 political rivals. Many of these people weren’t simply […]

ODJ: love your enemies

ODJ: love your enemies

October 11, 2010 But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you (v.27).  READ: Luke 6:27-36 I may not love God as I should, but I’m determined to get a handle on it. I may not love my family the way I should, but I […]

ODJ: the walls come tumbling down

ODJ: the walls come tumbling down

June 19, 2010 [Jesus] broke down the wall of hostility that separated us (v.14).  READ: Ephesians 2:11-18 If you perform a Google search for the Rwandan 
 genocide, you’ll encounter thousands of disturbing 
 stories and graphic images. The most disturbing emerge from a church building in Nyarubuye, where between five and ten thousand Tutsis were […]

ODJ: the evil of inertia

ODJ: the evil of inertia

February 25, 2010 They bound Jesus, led Him away, and took Him to Pilate, the Roman governor (v.1).  READ: Mark 15:1-15 The Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, supplies a stark reminder of how evil humans can be. I was stunned by the hall of shoes that had once been worn by doomed Jews; the story of […]

ODJ: holding it together

ODJ: holding it together

February 18, 2010 He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together (v.17).  READ: Colossians 1:15-23 From autumn 2008 through April 2009, the country of South Africa was run by temporary or acting officials. When President Thabo Mbeki quit, after being accused of interfering in a court case, an acting president was elected along […]

ODJ: fear at Christmas

ODJ: fear at Christmas

December 11, 2009 The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. . . . For a Child is born to us (Isaiah 9:5-6).  READ: Isaiah 8:9-17 A glance through the headlines sets off a warning 
 siren in our collective soul. One country, reeling 
 from years of civil […]

ODJ: a mighty fortress

ODJ: a mighty fortress

October 21, 2009 God is our refuge 
and strength, always ready to help in times 
of trouble (v.1).  READ: Psalm 46 You might know of Martin Luther as the father of the Reformation and that he translated the whole Bible into German. But what is less known is that Luther was also a composer of 37 […]