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To Our Readers
Each spring for the last few years, I've planted a small vegetable garden. Just the basics. Some lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans. Maybe some squash. This year, I added onions.
There are a few simple rules. Plenty of sunlight. Rich soil. Water ... And the stuff grows. Of course, there's a little weeding to be done. And you need to keep an eye out for pests. (Last season, when I wasn't watching, cutworms feasted on the tomato plants.)
It would be nice if the growth in our own lives—the spiritual growth—were like that. (Not the part about the cutworms!) Yet maybe the rules aren't all that different. Plenty of light from God. Nourish with prayer, and water with love the good seed in our hearts. Get rid of the weeds and pests—selfishness, envy, meanness, criticism, and so on. And our life grows. We come closer and closer to God until we see that we've never actually been separated from Him for a moment. We discover real purpose in our lives. We find real freedom.
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To Our Readers
William E. Moody
with contributions from Ronald Walker, Nancy Mawhinney, The Editors
Spiritual growth—here and now
By Robin Jagel Berg
Elizabeth Lynn Hain Richards
What's your self-image?
By Mark Swinney
Outdoors, and Ouchless
Elise L. Moore, Peter James Wilson
Looking for a good investment?
By Judith H. Hedrick
"If I'm to move, God, show me where..."
By Lorraine J. Armentrout
Our true home
Martin K. Budu-Kwatiah
Samuel and Saul
By Luisella Jaques-Deraney
Inspiration from the Bible results in quick recovery
David M. Lowe
Prayer heals dysentery
Employee conquers work-related pain and stress
Alvina A. Williams
Spiritual renewal after divorce
A boy turns to God in prayer
Lysander McKown with contributions from Melinda McKown
666—The mark, the number, the name of the beast
By Pamela K. Martin
Gloria McElroy Pennell
Is it anti-intellectual to believe in God?
Mary Metzner Trammell