TESTIMONY


Remembering Motherhood Well (A Letter To Future Me)

Dear Future Me, I wanted to write this letter to you, hopeful that you aren’t as hard on yourself (now that your kids are all grown up) as you were when you were a mom of young children. I hope you give yourself more grace and remember motherhood well. They say hindsight is 20/20, but when I look back on memories from my teens, twenties, and early thirties, it’s hard...

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Woman’s Dream Gathering Becomes Real at Grace City LA Church

Kimberly Yu’s dream from more than a dozen years ago to hold a gathering that highlights the transformative life stories of women who have suffered much and gained hope through Jesus becomes real this Saturday (May 12, 2018). “I know God can heal broken hearts and broken souls and that’s really what this conference is about,” said Yu in an interview with TogetherLA about the upcoming HOPE Conference to be...

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Alley Mills and Orson Bean To Talk at Hollywood Film & Faith Event

Editor’s Note: Actors Alley Mills (The Wonder Years, Hill Street Blues, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) and Orson Bean (Being John Malkovich, Inner Space, Anatomy of a Murder) are scheduled to be the guest speakers at a session hosted by the Hollywood Film & Faith group. Bean is well known for being a long-term celebrity panelist of To Tell the Truth and Match Game. Mills is also known for her...

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God Even Calls Broken Believers into Ministry

Editor’s Note: Testimonies can play a huge part in encouraging one another in our walk with Christ, our ministry journeys, and in fostering unity within our community of believers. For this reason, I’ve included this story told by a ministry leader (below). Hundreds of thousands of people are now in recovery from their deepest hurts, habits, and hang-ups thanks to Celebrate Recovery, which is now a ministry featured in...

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Engaging Culture Well: How to Share Your Faith Critically and Contextually

In every time period and historical context during which it has been shared, the gospel has confronted culture in one way or another. By ED STETZER During the years of Christ’s ministry, it challenged the mistreatment of the poor. During the Reformation, it drove Martin Luther to condemn the selling of indulgences. During the late 1700s, it inspired William Wilberforce to abolish the slave trade. The message of Christ’s redemptive love and free gift...

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Journalist Uncovers the Real and Fake News About Jesus

I had run out of reasons to not turn my life over to Jesus. Just a couple years into sobriety from alcohol, I was in a lot of mental and emotional pain. Sure, I was sober, but something wasn’t right. A few weeks prior to hearing guest speaker Lee Strobel talk at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, during a Sunday worship service in November 1998, I had said a prayer...

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How Compton Changed; Straight Outta The Gospel

At the Together LA conference held in 2015, one of the featured speakers, Compton’s mayor Aja Brown, spoke into the broad streams of a Los Angeles thirsty for solutions to societal ills as a relative newcomer in both the political and spiritual realms of the leadership community. At the time, she was just beginning to hone her political chops as a believer in Jesus serving inside Compton’s governing council and...

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38 Minutes In Hawaii: My Family and The False Missile Alarm

I woke up abruptly. Overzealous JROTC Cadets ran and yelled on the high school track across the street. I rolled over and grabbed my reading glasses. Time to return to the book which I’d fallen asleep reading. It’s Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile by Eugene Sheppard. Thirty minutes later, I faced a tough choice. BY JASON SCOTT JONES, THE STREAM Should I go down and check on my children?...

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The Best Leaders Are Broken Leaders

I am broken. I lead a community of broken people called a church. And we often say, unapologetically, that we are a community of the broken who have good news for the broken. PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Don’t misunderstand. I don’t mean that we’re “broken” in the sense that we’re rendered useless by our imperfections. The opposite is actually true. We’re made more useful, and we discover our greatest purpose through our pain...

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Why I Planted a Church in My Former Hood

Four years ago, I planted RefugeLA in the heart of my hood, North Hollywood. I am a Los Angeles thoroughbred, but not the Los Angeles portrayed in the tabloids. To understand my Los Angeles, it would do you better to watch Boys in the Hood. Gangster rap was the soundtrack of my childhood. In my city, even the skateboarders were thugs. Joining a gang is the natural progression of troubled...

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