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Discoveries of a Wanderer

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Is There Forgiveness in the Trayvon Martin Tragedy?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Oakland, California is a small city filled with diversity and a powerful history that continues to unfold in surprising ways. The “not guilty” George Zimmerman trial verdict left many Oakland residents angry, and some even took to the streets to […]

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5 Reasons Why Young Women Shouldn’t Watch “The Bachelorette” (And Why I Just Did)

posted by Jana Melpolder

The rose ceremony. Tears. Group dates. Emotional rollar-coasters. 25 or so men all working to woo the heart of one woman. In other words…pathetic entertainment. So why does it entice so many women in the United States? I haven’t followed […]

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A Prayer for a New Baby

posted by Jana Melpolder

The #royalbaby watch is underway, and throughout all the excitement, hope (and even annoyance for some), it’s a time to pray for the safety for the mother and child. But it’s also a time to remember the little ones born […]

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End Violence Now: Turning Guns Into Garden Tools

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recently I had a chance to speak with well-known community activist Shane Caliborne, a Christian working in Philadelphia to reverse the city’s high gun violence rate. By combining his passion for healthy food access, community involvement, and peace, he is part of […]

How Women Are Breaking the Church’s Glass Ceiling

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jesus treated women differently than others would have treated women during his time, serving as a sort of early feminist, says the Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor at Madison Avenue Baptist Church. “Maybe you could even say Jesus was sort […]

Violence Against Women: The Faith Response

posted by Jana Melpolder

During their lifetime, one out of every four women will experience violence from an intimate partner.   Today, clergy are reaching out and   supporting those women who become victims in their own homes. Originally posted on Odyssey Networks.

Bishop Elias Taban on the New South Sudan

posted by Jana Melpolder

January marks the two-year anniversary of South Sudan’s independence referendum, a vote for formal separation from Sudan after several years of disputes between the two regions over the land. Elias Taban, the national bishop of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of […]

Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir from Obama’s Presidential Inauguration

posted by Jana Melpolder

Originally published on Odyssey Networks.

Christmas and Miracles

posted by Jana Melpolder

Originally published on Odyssey Networks.

Lessons from 5 Fathers in the Bible

posted by Jana Melpolder

The Bible is full of stories that capture what fathers were like in Biblical times. Check out the ones I’ve selected below and see what modern fathers can learn from the stories. God the Father Christian beliefs teach that God […]

Speech Can Unite or Divide

posted by Jana Melpolder

A beautiful reminder… Originally posted on Odyssey Networks as part of the Biblical ON Scripture series.

Who Will Save Us? Not Politicians

posted by Jana Melpolder

I guess I am confused why it feels like so many Americans think that the government should or even could save us. Share your thoughts!

Jesus Can Calm the Storm in Your Life

posted by Jana Melpolder

Watch an inspiring video that’s part of Odyssey Networks’ ON Scripture The Bible series.

Give Us This Day OUR Daily Bread

posted by Jana Melpolder

I love this video that was just posted on Odyssey Networks. How does a Christian ministry help a Philadelphia community gain access to healthy food? One man in this video points out that The Lord’s prayer says “Give us this […]

YouTube Sensation Jefferson Bethke and His Faith

posted by Jana Melpolder

In January 2012, 22-year-old Tacoma, Wash. resident Jefferson Bethke posted a recorded performance of his poem “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus” on YouTube. It was an overnight internet sensation, garnering more than 18 million hits and coverage in […]

5 Surprising Facts About Good Friday

posted by Jana Melpolder

Good Friday is a time of reflection and devotion for Christians around the world. They commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus on this day, and await the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Sunday. Read on and discover a […]

How Are Mormons and Christians Different?

posted by Jana Melpolder

If you are like me, you wonder about the differences between faiths. What exactly do Mormons believe, and why? There are so many things I don’t know about Mormonism. Take a look at the differences between what Mormons believe and […]

How Do You Get Over Being Cheated On? Part 2

posted by Jana Melpolder

Recently I spoke with one pastor who was devastated after his wife left him for someone else. Meet Jason Vallotton, a man who went through the pain and forgiveness of a complete life change. Check out the first part of […]

How Do You Get Over Being Cheated On?

posted by Jana Melpolder

Several months back I interviewed Jason Vallotton, a man who became familiar with pain and devastation after his wife, Heather, announced she was leaving him for another man. In his book The Supernatural Power of Forgiveness, Jason uses his own […]

Living Life in Hard Economic Times

posted by Jana Melpolder

Meet one man that struggles to keep above water. His powerful story of faith and living amidst the everyday struggles of our modern economy helps me to be grateful. Watch his story and check out others in the Odyssey Networks’ […]

A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the Empowerment of Women

posted by Jana Melpolder

Meet Leymah Gbowee, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who works to help empower women in her own community. She has been through the difficult struggles alongside women in her native country, and through it all she has shown great faith […]

Martin Luther King Jr. and Occupy Wall Street

posted by Jana Melpolder

What would the incredible MLK think of faith leaders today? I think that he would not have supported certain points of the Occupy Wall Street movement, such as people writing graffiti to get the message across. Civil disobedience has been […]

God Provides in Times of Need

posted by Jana Melpolder

This week has been incredibly cold in New York City. You walk around and the chill just gets to you. As soon as I could, I dressed in several layers to keep warm before I hit the streets of the […]

Child Trafficking in Modern Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Take a look at the devastation that comes from child trafficking – the forced prostitution of children and young adults. The Salvation Army, among other faith-based groups, are working to stop this from growing. Check out for yourself the sad […]

Quotes About Christmas

posted by Jana Melpolder

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith “Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money….Let us pray that this […]

Psalm Sundays: Psalm 23

posted by Jana Melpolder

Here is one that many know by heart. Psalm 23 is taken from Biblegateway.com A psalm of David.  1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, […]

What’s the Reality of Poverty?

posted by Jana Melpolder

World AIDS Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

I still want to express more than I can about HIV and AIDS. It affects individuals, and it also affects the families and friends of the victims. This isn’t an issue that’s “over there”; HIV and AIDS exist in the […]

The Life of the American Homeless

posted by Jana Melpolder

What’s it like to live in a tent because you’re no longer able to afford your house? This is a harsh reality for many men and women in the United States. Watch how these brave individuals continue on despite their […]

Psalm Sundays: Give to the Lord

posted by Jana Melpolder

This comes from Psalm 57 found at Biblegateway.com Enjoy! 7 My heart, O God, is steadfast,    my heart is steadfast;    I will sing and make music. 8 Awake, my soul!    Awake, harp and lyre!    I will awaken the dawn.  9 […]

Giveaway – Win a World Vision T-Shirt!

posted by Jana Melpolder

Want to win something that’s fun and helps others, too? Enter this t-shirt giveaway! World Vision has created a new clothing line called GIVEN – and 30% of the profits goes to help people in need around the world. What does […]

Psalm Sundays: Don’t Let Anger Control You

posted by Jana Melpolder

This week I wanted to share Psalm 4. It talks about peace and what we can do to feel better. This NLT version is taken from Biblegateway.com Psalm 4 1 Answer me when I call to you,       O God who […]

Psalm Sundays: Be Loved

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is a simple reminder to enjoy the love offered to us. Parts of Psalm 18: Taken from Biblegateway.com 1I love you, LORD, my strength.  2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;    my God is my […]

The Church’s Involvement in the Immigration Debate

posted by Jana Melpolder

The ever-popular immigration debate is getting some heat, and Alabama’s new immigration law is creating strong reactions on both sides of the debate. What should the Christian community do when it comes to immigration laws? Are we to stand by the government or argue against it? Check […]

Psalm Sundays: Take Heart and Do Not Fear

posted by Jana Melpolder

Each Sunday I plan to publish a Psalm that reflects something that many of you might be feeling. This Sunday I chose a Psalm on courage and peace. It helps me feel better, and I hope it reaches out to […]

Meet a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

posted by Jana Melpolder

Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist who has played a remarkable role in ending the war in Liberia. This Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is also a Lutheran, and she knows that faith has played a large part in her life. Watch how this inspiring woman […]

What Is Meant By the “Politics of Hunger”?

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1 Man, 3 Wives, and 24 Children

posted by Jana Melpolder

I recently interviewed Joe Darger and his three wives Alina, Vicki, and Valerie to capture what life was like for this polygamous family and their 24 kids. Check out how Joe describes the polygamous lifestyle. Read the entire interview here>> […]

A Prayer of Thanks

posted by Jana Melpolder

I like this Christian prayer of thanks – it reminds be to be grateful for simple things like the sunshine and good friends. Check out other prayers in Beliefnet’s Prayer Library.   For each new morning with its light, For […]

Push Yourself Out of Your Comfort Zone

posted by Jana Melpolder

“Ease destroys bravery, trouble…creates strength.” – Maimonides, Guide for the Perplexed   Check out other inspiring quotes and resources: Motivational Quotes on Strength The Lord Is My Strength: the 23rd Psalm 8 Bible Quotes for the Depressed India’s Last Typewriter […]

Video: A Glimmer in the Shadows of 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

  Video: Finding a Cross Amid the   Rubble of The World Trade Center       View the Clip Here    

Serving the Families That Lost a Loved One on 9/11

posted by Jana Melpolder

Written by Jana Melpolder   America has been through a long and difficult journey throughout its 10 years after 9/11. This decade of loss and recovery not only belongs to Americans, but also to the family members that lost a […]

What One Thing Would YOU Give Up?

posted by Jana Melpolder

What would you give up so that others could have life-giving water and food? Right now over 12 million in the Horn of Africa are in danger of dying simply because there isn’t enough food to go around. Around 30,000 children have […]

A Prayer for Shelter Against the Storm

posted by Jana Melpolder

Check out this prayer from Beliefnet’s prayer library: God of heaven and earth, God who carries our lives and the lives of our whole community in your hands, be with us in the peril of this day/night. Help us to […]

Watch What Sponsoring Just One Child Can Do

posted by Jana Melpolder

Video created by Jamie Flora  

Featured Blog: Christian Quotes for Comfort

posted by Jana Melpolder

This is a featured post written by my friend, Beliefnet blogger Ashley Mcdaniel. Check out her blog Whole Living.   I pray these quotes bring peace and joy to your soul. You are not alone. Take comfort in these quotes. Psalm 9:9 […]

World Humanitarian Day 2011

posted by Jana Melpolder

How will you be a humanitarian? World Humanitarian Day is today, August 19th. Some people devote their time to helping those in other countries… …and some give their time to helping those right at home. Either way, we can all […]

Words of Comfort

posted by Jana Melpolder

Looking for a break from your high-stress day? Check out these quotes that will give you some ease and comfort. “The more you have, the more you’re occupied; the less you have, the more free you are.” – Mother Teresa […]

Social Justice Exhaustion

posted by Jana Melpolder

This featured post was written by my friend Matthew Paul Turner. Check out his Beliefnet Blog “Jesus Needs New PR.”   Can I be honest? I think many of us who are engaged in the blogging world (Christian or otherwise) are suffering from a disease. […]

There Are a Lot of Cute Things in Bolivia

posted by Jana Melpolder

Puppies. Babies. You name it – Bolivia’s got it. All photos courtesy of Amy Conner with World Vision.    

The Force of a Tiny Mustard Seed

posted by Jana Melpolder

I have arrived in Bolivia. It’s cold. I’m freezing. And it’s awesome to be here. Our first day marked an incredible tour of the World Vision sites in the Cochabamba area, which lies in the vast mountains of Bolivia. We […]

A Trip to Bolivia with World Vision

posted by Jana Melpolder

The opportunities that God places at your doorstep can be amazing.   On July 30th I will be traveling with World Vision staff members and several other American bloggers to Bolivia – a country full of history, mystery, and hope. […]

Discovering the World

posted by Jana Melpolder

It is with great pleasure to extend to you a personal hello.   The world needs to hear the stories and voices from the ones that can’t easily speak up for themselves. People have such incredible lives of overcoming obstacles – […]

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Slavery Still Exists in the Modern World
Slavery. Human trafficking. Kidnapped victims who are often smuggled or forced to migrate across borders. Slaves in today's world are faced with daily fear and a lack of legal protection, leaving them without a voice when it's needed most. Human trafficking cases have been reported within every sing

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5 Surprising Things You Didn't Know About the Super Bowl
It's time for the Big Game! Americans, including myself, will be all too-happy to indulge in two of the USA's favorite traditions - food and football. Check out this video from Odyssey Networks that gives us surprising facts to the Super Bowl.

posted 3:32:39pm Jan. 31, 2014 | read full post »

A Prayer to Keep Our Neighbors Warm
The Polar Vortex is no joke - North America has recently experienced extremely low temperatures that's made most of the country nearly shutdown. The negative temperatures outside have left many stranded in airports, unable to go to school and work, or just frustrated by the relentless cold. Sadly,

posted 5:12:35pm Jan. 07, 2014 | read full post »

The Most Powerful Moments of 2013
This past year has been one of growth, happiness, and challenges, both for the world and for myself personally. What has 2013 meant to you?

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Fear on the First Anniversary of Sandy Hook
Tragedy struck the entire nation last year when a gunman killed 26 first-grade students and adults on December 14, 2012. The community has experienced grief beyond what most of us can understand. But with time, the slow and painful process of healing and forgiveness has already began. The Newt

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