Their New Year’s Resolution: Survive

I have a friend who used to work in the fitness industry, selling exercise equipment. He told me that his company put almost all of its marketing budget and sales energy into selling products during December and January. Why? – because New Year’s resolutions about physical fitness are what stimulate most of their profits. Sadly, ...

Counting our Blessings

As New Year’s Eve approaches, we are amazed at how God has blessed us this year, and we are thankful for the sacrifices our donors have made while facing economic hardships at home. In his annual Christmas speech, Cross International President Jim Cavnar praised the incredible generosity of our supporters. While many Americans are giving ...

A Life Lesson from Joseph and Mary

When God told Joseph and Mary about the forthcoming birth of Jesus, they could have resisted the news. After all, conceiving a child out of wedlock was a serious matter. But we know they each accepted the noble assignment with tremendous faith and trust. Joseph “did what the angel of the Lord commanded” (Matthew 1:24) ...

God’s Christmas ornament

If you saw a red globe in the night sky earlier this week, don’t panic! You didn’t drink too much egg nog, and the end of the world is not at hand. What you witnessed was a lunar eclipse, an uncommon event in which the moon passes through Earth’s shadow. A lot of people are ...

A basic need for God

You wouldn’t expect an atheist head-of-state to put religious leaders in public schools. But Australia’s atheist Prime Minister Julia Gillard is doing just that. Not only does she support state funding for chaplains in both public and private schools – she is promising to expand the program! Gillard doesn’t want to convert kids to Christianity ...

Shelter from the cold

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You know it’s going to be a cold winter when south Floridians kill the A/C and drag their furnaces out of retirement. Last night, our Florida office experienced temperatures around 30 degrees – frigid for us, but mild for those of you enduring heavy snow and strong winds up north. While Florida worries about damage ...

Celebrating Human Rights

This week marks the 60th anniversary of Human Rights Day, a holiday celebrated internationally to promote human dignity and the belief that everyone deserves certain basic freedoms. Human Rights Day was created in 1950 to commemorate the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted two years earlier on December 10. The declaration ...

The fight against AIDS continues

Did you know there are 33.3 million people currently infected with HIV? Did you know that 2.5 million of those people are children? Did you know that the poorest parts of the world are disproportionately plagued by this devastating – but preventable – disease? In recognition of World AIDS Day, which falls on December 1 ...