Sometimes you do everything right. You live your life to serve God. And yet, things don’t go as you had planned. Peter Chin and his family moved to a new city to plant a church, but the trials smacked them in the face until they were just plain desperate. “I didn’t know who God was after that point,” Peter said. “Even after years of seminary and walking with Jesus for decades before that I was left with an incomplete theology and a broken understanding of who God was.” But through the suffering, they came to understand that God’s goodness was bigger than their comprehension.
When her world of financial security and what she thought was happiness came crashing down, Jennifer Stoll questioned her identity. She turned to the Bible and to prayer for help.
It’s the news no parent wants to hear—your child has cancer. Brian wrestled with God until a supernatural peace came over him. He knew then that—no matter what happened—God was in control. “My hope for Ellie is not a high quality of life. My hope for Ellie is that her faith will be rich and deep,” Brian says, “because if her faith is strong, she can endure…
Although she’s had a successful career in the Christian music world, Nicol Sponberg’s most important job title is mom. That role for her has come with many blessings, but also with tremendous heartache.
Russ Ortiz developed a relationship with Christ after hearing about Him at Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings in college. He was drafted as a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and went on to an accomplished major league career with several teams. Surgery on his elbow was a wake-up call reminding him of his first love—God. Now he focuses on others and runs a business whose proceeds…
Life was not easy for Eric Christopherson growing up, but he found respite playing sports. And he was good at it. So good that he was a former first-round pick for the San Francisco Giants. But life got messy with selfish living, drinking, and gambling—and he knew something was missing. He called out to Jesus to fill in the empty spaces, and he encourages others to do…
Whether it’s physical or spiritual, a new heart brings new life. John was a healthy, active person until shortness of breath led to a diagnosis of an extremely rare heart disease that required a transplant. The spiritual insight of Jesus giving all who believe a “new heart” became very real to John as he awaited his physical transplant.
Joe Trujillo grew up in a dysfunctional family with alcoholic parents and as a young man ended up in prison with 5 felonies. Feeling utterly hopeless, Joe remembers, “I fell to my knees and cried out to God” one night in his cell.
Nicklis Stevens lost his sister, Lygon, in an avalanche while they were hiking a mountain peak. He then went through the valley of pain asking the difficult question of “Why?” God answered him in beautiful and unexpected ways.
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