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Katie Davis

She’s a 22-Year-Old Mother of 13

It was love at first sight for Katie Davis—not an abnormal feeling for a senior in high school. But for Davis, it was life-changing, not merely emotional.

Exodus International app

Exodus Denied Apple Bite

Discover the real reason Exodus International’s “gay cure app” was distorted, censored.

Alan Chambers

Identity Matters

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, explains why sexual orientation doesn’t define you.

Victory Over Temptation

How comforting it is to know that the Lord's Prayer covers every aspect of the Christian life! I have stated many times that if all we had was this small portion of the Bible as given from the lips of Jesus, we would have enough gospel to know how to be saved and how to live victoriously. This prayer includes every facet of a man's physical and spiritual life.

It's no surprise, then, that it includes the phrase "Lead us not into temptation." Jesus knew the difficulties we would face and the temptations that would lure every human being.

 

Staying Fit For the Right Reasons

The thought of attending your high school reunion may be enough to get you to lose those extra pounds, but you'll need a better reason to keep them off.

God created us to be purpose driven. In other words, our natural inclination is to operate with an intent—a motive, so to speak.

The Bible gives us a number of examples of men and women who did extraordinary things (whether for good or evil) in order to fulfill a purpose or reach a goal. Jacob, for instance, worked 14 years for the deceitful Laban in order to marry the woman of his dreams (see Gen. 29). He had a motive (espousing the lovely Rachel), which served to motivate him to work an extra seven years to accomplish his objective.

How Do I Learn to Like My Body?

Too many women who are believers in Jesus Christ are still unable to walk in authority and dominion. Instead they are struggling with depression, identity issues and diminished self-esteem. God has predetermined that you and I are to be conformed to the image of His Son. We must receive our true identity from Christ.

Philip Cameron

A Home for Stella

Philip Cameron never planned on extending his family, nor had he envisioned creating a refuge for potential sex slaves. Yet his efforts to transform orphans into walking testimonies of God’s love are now transforming a country.

Rosita Martinez

Changed by the Great Transformer

Former lesbian turned evangelist Rosita Martínez is living proof that God’s love redeems and restores lives.

When the Vow (Almost) Breaks

When the Vow (Almost) Breaks

On the surface, Bob and Audrey Meisner’s marriage appeared fine. But when infidelity hit—along with an unexpected pregnancy—they faced a trial few relationships survive.

A Season to Remember - Day 5

 To help us celebrate the most wonderful time of year, Charisma asked several artists to share a favorite Christmas memory or tradition. From Dec. 20-24, each day we will feature two artists who shared their thoughts with us.

From all of us at Charisma, Merry Christmas!

chris My favorite memory is my brothers and me sleeping together Christmas Eve when we were little. We would wake up early in the morning and then form a single file line in the hall and wait for our mom and dad to let us attack our gifts. —Chris Tomlin


heather payneIt’s incredibly hard to choose a favorite Christmas memory. I could say it was when I got the Hee Haw overalls I had asked for when I was 8 years old, or when I got the Madame Alexander Doll or the Easy-Bake Oven—these are great memories. But the memory that I’m so grateful for is that every Christmas Eve my dad would read the Christmas story—the entire story from beginning to end, not just the birth, but also the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It gave us the proper perspective before we began tearing into our presents the next morning, and I am so thankful for that.
—Heather Payne 

 

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A Season to Remember - Day 4

To help us celebrate the most wonderful time of year, Charisma asked several artists to share a favorite Christmas memory or tradition. From Dec. 20-24, each day we will feature two artists who shared their thoughts with us.

From all of us at Charisma, Merry Christmas!

barryIf there had to be one special Christmas memory, it would be brand-new pajamas and slippers awaiting my brother and me as we braced ourselves for the brilliant, beaming, blinding lights on my dad’s Super 8 movie camera. Second only to that is the Christmas I received my first guitar, giving me musical bliss ever since. —Barry Graul of MercyMe 

A Season to RememberFor the last four years, my family and church have gone to Fort Hood Army base and fed 1,500 families Christmas dinner. The absolute joy on the faces of these kids is priceless as they open presents we’ve brought them. But the thing I have loved is seeing the faces of my children as they give instead of receive. “You’ll never know what this means to my family”—when I hear those stories I remember why He came.·—Randy Phillips of Phillips, Craig & Dean


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A Season to Remember - Day 3

To help us celebrate the most wonderful time of year, Charisma asked several artists to share a favorite Christmas memory or tradition. From Dec. 20-24, each day we will feature two artists who shared their thoughts with us.

From all of us at Charisma, Merry Christmas!

nathanThe memory that sticks in my mind the most is about the first time I remember asking for a specific gift. I asked for a gray, leather-bound Bible, King James version. Oh yes, and it had to have the thumb tabs! I got vinyl covered cardboard and not leather. But the words were the same. I should go find it and see what Scriptures I marked as a young man. I am sure they will still speak to me today. —Nathan Cochran of MercyMe

kariOne of my favorite things is that each year we pick something to do outside of just giving to our own family members. My favorite memory was the year my dad, mom, sister, brother and me made sack lunches for the homeless and delivered them along with gloves and blankets on a cold Christmas Eve. It has always remained a special memory of seeing how thankful they were. —Kari Jobe 


For exclusive videos, podcasts and songs, check out this month’s digital edition of Charisma magazine at charismamag.com/digital

A Season to Remember - Day 2

To help us celebrate the most wonderful time of year, Charisma asked several artists to share a favorite Christmas memory or tradition. From Dec. 20-24, each day we will feature two artists who shared their thoughts with us.

From all of us at Charisma, Merry Christmas!

 

A Season to Remember

Two of my favorite traditions during the Christmas season are to attend candlelight services at church and to drive around and look at the Christmas lights in the community. —Mark Lee of Third Day


A Season to Remember

The smell of baking in my grandma’s house. Little squares of individually wrapped Cadbury chocolates. Country walks looking for holly growing wild in the hedges. The electricity in the air on Christmas Eve. Roaring fires and fairy lights. Raucous laughter. Longed-for-presents played with over and over again. The feeling of belonging to the best family in the world ... and the wonder of knowing we get to do it all again next year! —Kathryn Scott


For exclusive videos, podcasts and songs, check out this month’s digital edition of Charisma magazine at  charismamag.com/digital 

A Season to Remember - Day 1

To help us celebrate the most wonderful time of year, Charisma asked several artists to share a favorite Christmas memory or tradition. From Dec. 20-24, each day we will feature two artists who shared their thoughts with us.

From all of us at Charisma, Merry Christmas!

 

philMy favorite Christmas memory is when my wife and I picked out a tree and decorated it for our first Christmas together. Not only was it a blast, but it was an amazing feeling realizing that I had started a family of my own. —Phil Wickham


heather wMy favorite Christmas memory is Christmas Day, 2002, when my daughter, Skye, was born. I remember it was 3 o’clock Christmas morning. Tim, my husband, and I were holding our baby girl. We were the only ones on the floor and the nurses had turned all the TVs in each room to Christmas music. “Silent Night” was playing, and I will never ever forget those moments. God truly blessed us. —Heather Williams


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Saving India's Daughters P.P. Job

Saving India’s Daughters

P.P. Job paid a high price for preaching the gospel when his two sons were martyred. But today his adopted daughters—504 in all—are a legacy of his faith in Christ.
Modern-Day Mordecai

A Modern-Day Mordecai

J. Lee Grady, the former award-winning editor of Charisma, travels the world today rallying women to bravely serve God. What made this easygoing journalist an advocate for biblical equality? 

Leaving No Darkness Behind Christine Caine

Leaving No Darkness Behind

Conference speaker·Christine Caine·has shone Christ’s light in the world’s darkest places. Now she’s bent on exposing—and abolishing—the $12.3 billion global sex-trafficking industry.·

Christmas Soup

by Grandma Birr 

Did you ever peek? Did you find your gift? What did you do with it? How did it make you feel? Taste and see that the Lord is good!!! Won’t you join Timmy and me for a bowl of Christmas Soup?

$4.25 (includes shipping); Ages: 3 to 7+

COMING SOON - Website: www.GrandmaBirr.com; Email: blayne@hardynet.com; Phone: 410-259-5931; Ordering Information: Send check or money order to: Covenant Books, LLC, P.O. Box 29, Moorefield, WV  26836  Or….visit the website. It’s under construction NOW! Might be ready for purchasing items.

Toppling the Food Idol

Rein in those weight obsessions. Don't let eating consume your thoughts and control your life.

 I have experienced both ends of the spectrum: I've been overly thin, and I've been overweight, so I can keenly identify with the frustration and pain of those who suffer from eating disorders.

During a six-year period in my life, weight dominated my thoughts. My struggle began years before I became a Christian, yet it continued after I'd become one.

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