"Be a person who is love"

Have you ever met someone who just radiates the love, light, and peace of God?

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    The power of one person's obedience

    I am continually astounded by the power of individual people to make a difference.

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      Mission above mammon: Charting a course for success

      As the president of World Vision U.S. and the former CEO of two for-profit corporations, I have spent all of my professional life trying to manage organizations to achieve success. Every organization, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, must have a successful financial model to succeed, but long-term success doesn’t come from just managing numbers. The most successful organizations are mission-driven.

      In Christian organizations, this truth may be even more compelling.

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        Is Jesus more than a "sprinkle" blessing?

        I'm excited to welcome Mark Hall -- the lead singer and songwriter for Casting Crowns, a long-time World Vision artist -- to the World Vision Blog. When I received this post from Mark, the source of the passion in his songwriting became immediately obvious. They're words of experience and depth from his heart. Thanks, Mark, for guest-blogging today and for giving us a peek into Casting Crowns' newest album.

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          But I do not despair

          Close your eyes and imagine this...

          Imagine if our culture was taken to the -nth degree, to its logical end.

          Maybe Lady Gaga is president. Maybe digital devices hang in front of our faces, precluding any unmediated communication. Maybe our nations war over water. Maybe norms about intimacy and privacy have melted. And maybe our speech has deteriorated into grunts, slang, and chuckles.

          If North American culture keeps it up, we could be in big trouble.

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            'We refuse to be enemies'

            It was one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had. The location was a hilltop west of Bethlehem about a month ago, and my fellow dinner guests were 30 pastors and church leaders from the United States. That night, our bus parked at a cement-and-barbed-wire barricade, and we hiked about half a mile over two such barricades to have dinner at the top of the hill -- in a cave!

            The prominent sign at the end of our hike proclaimed the slogan: “We refuse to be enemies.”

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              Easter in Colombia

              Editor's note: Celebrating Easter, including its preparation, is distinct to religious tradition and cultural custom. Candelaria, a World Vision community volunteer, and her daughters Martha and Mara describe how their family prepares and celebrates Easter according to Catholic tradition in Colombia. The following post was written by World Vision field communicators Ivon Curevo and Astrid Zacipa.

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                But then came Sunday...

                Just a few weeks ago, I walked in those places where Jesus walked in the Holy Land. It dawned on me yet again that Jesus did almost everything differently than conventional wisdom would have dictated. I visited Capernaum and Galilee, where most of His three-year ministry took place -- a "hick town" ten days' journey from Jerusalem. Not the best location to start a movement that would change the world.

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                  Lent 2011: A Franciscan blessing

                  As today, Ash Wednesday, marks the start of the season of Lent, may this Franciscan blessing encourage and prepare you for a meaningful and blessed Lent Experience.

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                    Celebrating 20 years with 30 Hour Famine

                    30 Hour Famine chapel at World Vision's U.S. headquarters on February 23, 2011: Youth pastors Jon Seaborn (Church for All Nations), Mike Freeman (Lifeway Church), Suzy Hennig (King of Kings Lutheran), Daryl Geffken (First Presbyterian Church), and Nate Mazzuca.

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