What Does It Mean To Be “A Man After My Own Heart”?

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While the phrase “a man after my own heart” has grown to be a common idiom, it originates in the Bible. Let’s take a look at what it means to be a person after God’s heart, like King David in the Bible, and what it can teach us about helping children living in poverty.

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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: A Hopeful Reminder

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We often associate the phrase “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” with death. That’s because the phrase comes from the burial rites in the Book of Common Prayer. This collection of prayer books is used mostly in the Anglican church for communion, marriages and other Christian rites — including burial services and cremations. But a closer look at what “ashes to ashes, dust to dust” means actually reveals a hopeful message about life.

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About Easter

Easter is a Christian holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christians believe that Jesus is both God and human. When we celebrate Easter, we give thanks that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins, taking the punishment that we deserve and also defeating sin, Satan and death.

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About Prayer

Prayer is an integral part of our programs and work. Here’s what the Bible says about prayer and why we believe prayer is so important.

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Inspiring People Who Live in Poverty AND Help Others

These inspiring people have a strong motivation to help others. Despite growing up in poverty and not always having everything they need, they share what they DO have!

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Video: How the Word “Compassion” Reveals God’s Character

The word “compassion” packs a lot of power. Bible history and etymology buffs, prepare to geek out over an artful new video from BibleProject. It delves into the meaning of the word “compassion” — and what it reveals about the character of God.

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7 Children Share Their Favorite Bible Verses Right Now

These seven children share some of their favorite Bible verses, and the verses that are encouraging them right now. We pray they inspire you today!

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What to Do When You Realize Dad Can’t Fix Everything

When I became a dad, I had this urge to fix things before they even needed fixing, and many of the thoughts that crossed my mind were far beyond the scope of my control. It began to dawn on me that this line of thinking was not sustainable.

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5 Bible Verses to Give You Hope in Hard Times

In challenging and uncertain times, we have the source of all hope in our corner. All we have to do is turn to his Word and read the stories of hope written in the Bible to remind ourselves of God’s character and his faithfulness. Here are 5 bible verses and the stories behind them to bring you hope in the midst of difficult times.

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Food Network’s Aarti Sequeira: What I’m Cooking and Learning Right Now

Aarti Sequeira is a TV personality, cookbook author and a Compassion sponsor! Read on to find a favorite recipe she’s created while staying at home, and what she thinks God might want to teach us during this time.

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6 Surprising Ways to Practice Gratitude in Quarantine

We’re living in unusual times, and a lot of us are really struggling. Gratitude is not the first thing that comes to our minds, but it has the power to transform the way we experience this hard situation. What does gratitude look like in quarantine? Here are six ideas to help you practice gratitude!

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If You’re Feeling Alone in a World You Don’t Recognize

If you’re feeling alone right now, I want you to know that you aren’t. There is hope on the other side of the struggle and the pain. And I’d like to give you a few ways you can take hold of that hope, even in the midst of the fears and uncertainty.

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