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ALWAYS A WAY FORWARD
"It's a big competition for a small chance at success!" That's pretty much what one man said to Jesus. He was discouraged and thought he was going nowhere. In his case, he'd been physically impaired for almost 40 years, and thought he had to be the first one into the pool of Bethesda in order to be healed by its waters. But somebody always got there first. Nobody would help him.
"Get up and walk right where you are!" That's pretty much what Jesus told the man. But those were far from empty or heartless words. Along with them came empowerment. Advancement. Freedom. The man got up and walked, immediately. No need to wait to get in that pool (see John 5:2-9).
There just may be a lesson in this for the hundreds of thousands of people who are facing job cuts and layoffs. These days, the pool they're trying to get into is the job pool. Unemployment threatens to make them feel a bit like that man Jesus encountered—in this case, competing with a growing number of other individuals for a limited, shrinking number of jobs. Perhaps immobilized by discouragement and fear, doubtful that there's any help.
with contributions from BOB PRESS, NANCY SAVAGE, MARGARET MARGO SIMONS, LESLEE ALLEN, EVELYN HORN
ALWAYS A WAY FORWARD
STEVE GRAHAM, SENIOR MANAGING EDITOR
ITEMS OF INTEREST
with contributions from Philip Yancey, Bethany Powers
LET GOD LEAD
BY KEITH WOMMACK
A SPIRITUAL APPROACH TO JOB SEEKING
Rosalie Dunbar with contributions from Karen McCoy
TO FIND A RIGHT POSITION
BY JEFF CLEMENTS
Fighting corruption with prayer
BY THOMAS R. MITCHINSON
SKI RACING WITH SPIRIT
BY ALEXA AND TINA COYLE AND KENT "KIMMIE" MACKAY ROLLO
Our Poems and Prayers
with contributions from Stephen, Samantha, Ruby
A GOAL TO HELP OTHERS
'ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW'
SUSANNAH H. SNOWDEN,
HEAD IN THE SAND?
EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN
PERSISTENT PRAYER BRINGS HEALING
DEBBY BARRON with contributions from STEVE BARRON
QUICK HEALING OF BURNS
WALKING WITH LOVE
A GPS WITHOUT EQUAL