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The Little We Know

Intending no disrespect at all to the scientific achievements of mankind, I want to call ou. . .

And Who Is My Neighbor?

“A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped hi. . .

Shatter That

The lights flick off in the large white church tent. Late-night shoppers bustle on either s. . .

Something New

 “Come on, do it! It will be fun!”

Fourth grade D.A.R.E. class and eve. . .

What an Ideal Adventist Looks Like

 One can easily identify an ideal Adventist by looking closely. An ideal Adventist can be re. . .

Divine Appointment in the Produce Aisle

“Do you have any books that could help me get closer to God?”

My husband’. . .

3 Ways You Can Enhance Your Prayer Life


The Homeless Blessing

She was dirty, very dirty.

I was sitting on a swivel chair at Koro. . .

Where’s Your Salt?

I wish I could have been there that day when Jesus took a seat on top of a mountain, an a. . .

I Rolled Into New Year Eve

You know it's the new year when the gym at Southern Adventist University is packed and people. . .

The Deeper Meaning of Christmas

When we speak of the birth of Christ, we are speaking of the most sublime and astounding ev. . .

’Twas the Post Before Christmas
Sy Gallimore

’Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the school,

No. . .

Letter to Teens Unboxing Their First Smartphone

You just got your first smartphone! This is a major milestone in your life. That phone you are ab. . .

You’re Important to God!

Almost everything in life has to do with age. You have to be a certain age to start school . . .

By Beholding We Become Changed

I think we underestimate the power of influence on our minds and behaviors. Many consume TV. . .

Addicted to Service

As I teach year after year, class after class, seminar after seminar, the thought always ha. . .

Counting Our Blessings

There’s a famous song that laments, “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try som. . .

Tests

All my life I have had a serious problem when it came to science and math. No matter how much I s. . .

Love and Forgiveness

How can I have a negative amount of money? I’ve been saving. This is impossible! . . .

Remembering London

In July of 2005, I sat in a London flat eating a bowl of my favorite cereal, Weetos, while . . .

Well Done!

In 1940,. . .

Happy Digging

The apostle Paul said some strange things, things that are hard to understand. Even Peter a. . .

What Would Jesus Post?

Jesus cares about what we do on social media because what we post offers a perspective of w. . .

Don't Yank a Dog's Ear!
My first year of high school, I became the first Seventh-day Adventist in my family. My yo. . .

Most Boring Testimony Needed

As a teenager, I felt uneasy that many of our prominent Adventist evangelists were converts to . . .

Be Careful Little Eyes What You See

“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and. . .

A Peculiar People

Can you say that again, please?” I asked. . .

You’ve Got Personality in the Person of Jesus

A 
Inadequate, But Worthy

I goofed around in high school and never took . . .

Grace in the Storm

 

 

&nbs. . .

If I Had Been Caught Earlier . . .

Click. Click. Graphic Sounds.

This was my life. Go to school, do what lit. . .

Hippie Freedom!

I strolled around the corner and saw the baske. . .

Lost and Found

 I
An Inconvenient Call or Carrying Jesus to the World

She was like any young woman engaged to be married: excited and making plans for the future. Mayb. . .

Biblical Break-In

It was a hot August day, and I was spending the afternoon in my parent’s pool. The cold wat. . .

The Safety of My Father's Hands

River rapids do not make the best kind of swimming.

I grew up in the b. . .

Fishing With Jesus

Some of my earliest memories are of going fishing with my dad and grandpa. We loved to. . .

How Far Is Too Far?

You aren’t supposed to giggle when you’re in an MRI machine. <. . .

At Gunpoint for Jesus

My freshman year of college I decided to dedicate the week of . . .

Staying Alive

A
Church Hopping

“Where are you going to church this morning?”
“Ah, I may go to Sardis. I. . .

Scotland’s Greatest Preacher, Part 4

Last week was our third article in a series of four, in which . . .

Scotland’s Greatest Preacher, Part 3

In the last two i. . .

Scotland's Greatest Preacher, Part 2

 Last week we examined th. . .

Scotland's Greatest Preacher, Part 1

 

 


Satan's Worst Nightmare, Part 3
My wife is deathly afraid of spiders! I am, too, but being “the man” of the house, I can. . .

Who Has the Suit?

A couple years ago a popular movie about the end of the world came to theaters. It was a masterpi. . .

Tame the Lion!

How do you tame a lion? They say lion tamers do it by holding a stool out between them and the gi. . .

Live Versus Living

Sleeping on the streets was how the new year began for me. In fact, it was how almost every new y. . .

What Do You Really Want for Christmas?

Close your eyes!” ordered the tiny handwritten note inside the box I’d just opened. M. . .

Will You Welcome Him?

The dust was blowing hard, and the shadows around us were growing longer and darker by the minute. . .

I’ll Be Home for Christmas

You’re going to miss the final!” my roommate’s shouts broke through my dream. T. . .

Forget Something?

The morning bell rang loudly as I told the sophomore Bible class, “OK, everyone! It’s. . .

Compare and Share

“Don’t compare yourself to other kids!”

How many times have you. . .

Pumpkin Pie Shortage

I don’t feel so good,” Vanessa told her mom. Their family was traveling to another to. . .

The Least of These

On that cold November day Christina stopped by the mailbox outside her house on her way home from. . .

Give Thanks? For What?

Christine sat at the Thanksgiving table feeling numb. Unlike most teenagers, she didn’t fee. . .

Halloween

Your perspective on Halloween might be based more on your childhood memories than on its historic. . .

What Will You Do This Halloween?

Do a word search in the Bible, and you won’t find the word “Halloween.” This ma. . .

What’s Really up With Halloween?

My earliest memory of Halloween has a definite focus on candy—lots of candy. It seemed that. . .

Halloween = Evangelism?

Well, it’s that time of year again, when the world breaks out their best sweets, macabre d&. . .

Caught Between Love and Law

At an early age I had a very strong sense of right and wrong. I never told lies, and I followed t. . .

Taking On Our Shame

Let me make a confession. Before the days of text messages, all of the girls in my class would pa. . .

Do You Really Want to Be Healed?

He was always an easy target, which made things all the more miserable for me in years to come. H. . .

Give It Up!

It was supposed to be a great summer. I had applied and been accepted as part of the counselor st. . .

Evangelism and Worldview

Excuse me, Pastor?” asked a student who had been fidgeting throughout my lecture.

Apologetics Versus Worldview

Several years ago I was at an international fair hosted by the local community college where dive. . .

Creating a Worldview: Part 2

In the Bible class I teach I give my students permission to tear up their textbooks. Metaphorical. . .

Crafting a Worldview: Part 1 (Bible)

Last year I learned how to snowboard—well, mostly learned. In addition to a wonderful new s. . .

What Is a Worldview?

A few months prior to writing this article I sat atop Hawkeye Point in the Goat Rocks Wilderness&. . .

Total Access

It was my job to stand guard and make sure the rangers weren’t coming. We had been hanging . . .

Just Call Already

by Greg Howell

We had gone around and around on this for at least a month. It was . . .

God’s Freeing Love

The street was filled with revelers, loud shouts, and blaring trumpets as the world clock ticked . . .

The Absurdity of Freedom

The morning had started rather suddenly. My 14-year-old mind was still in that groggy place where. . .

It’s All About Me . . . and I Love It!

We are all naturally self-centered creatures. As a matter of fact, without the power of the Holy . . .

Above All, Know Thyself!

I’ve always been fascinated by chameleons. Some species of chameleon lizard are able to cha. . .

Control Yourself!

When I was younger, I was a “hyper” kid. As a matter of fact, I’m still pretty . . .

Self-destruction?

Self-destruction sounds like a negative thought. You don’t want to die, or destruct, you wa. . .

“Connected”

by Josue Sanchez

That’s what I hear every time I get into my car. Oh, the wo. . .

From Selfies to Selfless

Today’s bonus comes in the form of a “wanderlist.” With it, you’ll be abl. . .

Summer Love

You were mine for the summer. Now we know it’s nearly over, feels like snow in September. B. . .

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo

My knees were shaking. I could barely hold the change for the ticket in my hand as I waited impat. . .

Enoch-ify Yourself

Do you see that tiny little light at the end of the tunnel? It’s called summer vacation. It. . .

Have I Got a Plan for You!

“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘pl. . .

Easter: The Resurrection Begins With You?

There are two occasions on the calendar that bridge people from all walks of life together in spi. . .

Why I Attend an SDA Academy

A lot of people will tell you that they love public school. No rules. Freedom. Unfortunately, tha. . .

Our Mess Is Our Message

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as. . .

All Gain, No Pain

Six-year-old Child Shot in Crossfire of Gang Wars”

“Elderly Woman Fou. . .

What Is Your Gourd?

“It’s not fair!” He screamed it to the sky. Where else was he supposed to screa. . .

The Telemachus Testimony

I was recently in Pretoria, South Africa, participating in the [2013] IMPACT South Africa global . . .

Wanted: You!

Being an author means you live in a glamorous world. You are immediately famous, and you will be . . .

Loving Jesus

Words don’t mean anything,” my college professor announced from the front of the clas. . .

Love Is All You Need: Part 4

I couldn’t believe my ears. I had never thought about the Ten Commandments in that way befo. . .

Love Is All You Need: Part 3

As a pastor I’ve had a lot of opportunities to officiate at weddings; last summer I conduct. . .

Love Is All You Need: Part 2

Quickly glancing at the news this morning, I came across two articles with the word “Christ. . .

Love Is All You Need, Part 1

The stores are filled with pink and red candy, flower shops are stocking up on roses, and somewhe. . .

Living Jesus

The cell was cold, dark, damp, and filled with the moans and groans of other prisoners who had be. . .

Ultimate Workout 101

Insight magazine started the Ultimate Workout (UW) mission trip years ago—before any of the. . .

Running to Win

It was the 1992 summer Olympics, and Derek Redmond wanted to take home the gold. He was, after al. . .

One Purpose. Period.

In the nineteenth century, lighthouses were prominent along the East Coast of the United States. . . .

Miranda Writes: Changeless

The other day I was watching a TV show with my daughter, and I saw something that made me laugh o. . .

Miranda Writes: Not Content With the Content!

I’m really excited about all the different things we’ll soon be doing in the magazine. . .

Miranda Writes: Old Mans Dream, Young Persons Vision

When I was a kid, I remember sitting at my grandfather’s knee with my other cousins and listening. . .

Miranda Writes: Cluttered Key Chain?

I was sitting in the chiropractor’s office today, awaiting my turn to be what I like to cal. . .

Miranda Writes: Big Brother Is Watching!

I just read an interesting article titled “ ‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Paren. . .

Miranda Writes: How to Be Good and Angry, Part 3

For the past two weeks we’ve been dealing with the issue of anger. Today, as we finish up, . . .

Miranda Writes: How to Be Good and Angry, Part 2

Last week we began our discussion about the issue of anger. We defined anger as a morally neutral. . .

Miranda Writes: How to Be Good and Angry, Part 1

Oh, I’m gonna kill you!” I overheard my son screaming at the top of his lungs. I knew. . .

Be God’s Balloon!

Recently my children went to a party that had a clown who made balloon art. Now, I’m sure t. . .

Miranda Writes: The Problem of Pain

A couple of months ago I was counseling one of my 17-year-old kids who’d had a hard life. H. . .

Miranda Writes: Don’t Be Anxious About Anything, Part II

Last week we began our time together by talking about the pecan tree in my front yard and the evi. . .

Miranda Writes: Don’t Be Anxious About Anything, Part I

Three years ago we had a woodpecker living in one of the beautiful big pecan trees in our front y. . .

Miranda Writes: The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease!

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, Omar!” I heard my father chastise me over a problem that. . .

Miranda Writes: Great Is Thy Faithfulness

I love my house. It was built in 1900 and has a wonderful wall of windows and an incredibly large. . .

Miranda Writes: God Don’t Make No Junk!

I love my bedtime ritual. Around 10:00 p.m. I go to bed. First, I pray and read my Bible. Then, i. . .

Miranda Writes: Lights Out! Part II

Last week we began our time together with a true story about a streetlight that’s not worki. . .

Miranda Writes: Light’s Out? Part I

Several weeks ago we had two telephone poles with related telephone and electricity lines ripped . . .

Miranda Writes: “I Like the Smell of Clean!”

Once a month my wife organizes what I like to call “The Big Buy!” What is the big buy. . .

Standing Firm 2

Here’s another post from the discussion board at insightmagazine.org:

&ld. . .

Girl with no hair

 I’d been moaning and groaning about spending my vacation with Grandpa and my 10-year. . .

Miranda Writes: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs!

Ah, summertime in Georgia! By my estimation, there should be absolutely no sinners left in the st. . .

Miranda Writes: Be a Cookie-cutter Christian!

Romans 12:21 says: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (NIV).1 . . .

Miranda Writes: “I’m Into Me . . . and I Love It!”

A hhh, summertime in Georgia! By my estimation there should be absolutely no sinners left in the . . .

Miranda Writes: Bone or Steak?¹

I just looked out of my living room window and watched my neighbor’s two dogs ignore a food. . .

Miranda Writes: A “Perfection” Problem

Dear Omar,

I’m 13 and my brother is 17. We used to have an awesome relati. . .

Miranda Writes: The Ugly Green Monster, Part 2

Last week I began our time together e-mail discussing the topics of pride, jealousy, and covetous. . .

Miranda Writes: The Ugly Green Monster, Part 1

Hi, Omar. I’m hoping you can help me with two problems I’ve been having with my be. . .

Miranda Writes: Confused and Hurt

Dear Omar,
I’m writing you because I just got my feelings crushed by someone who . . .

Miranda Writes: Going Through the Motions

Dear Omar,

I am physically and mentally exhausted. I feel as if my relationship wi. . .

Miranda Writes: “Is There Anyone Out There Like Me?”

Here’s a post from the Insight discussion board that caught my attention:

&l. . .

Miranda Writes: Falling for “Mr. Wrong”

Ladies, have you ever fallen for the wrong guy? You’re not alone. Check out this post from . . .

Miranda Writes: Your Replacement Is Here!

I knew it was coming, and now it’s upon us: we’re finally being replaced! I’ll . . .

Miranda Writes: Stop, Drop, and Roll!

I remember where I was and what I saw the first time I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I. . .

Miranda Writes: You’re Not Lazy, Right?

Lately I’ve been trying to go through a lot of papers that my wife wants me to go through, . . .

Miranda Writes: It’s War, Part 2

L
Miranda Writes: It’s War, Part 1

In the middle of the night I got up because our neighbor’s dog wouldn’t stop barking.. . .

Miranda Writes: The Tofu Principle

[Editors’ note: Here’s another article that’ll be good for both you and your pa. . .

Miranda Writes: “Daddy, That Lady’s Immodest!”

[Editors’ note: This week’s column has something for both you and your parents to che. . .

Miranda Writes: College—DAZED and Confused!

Here’s a prayer request I came across on the Insight Web site:

Ple. . .

Miranda Writes: Marriage-minded

My name is Shanny, and I am 20 years of age and my boyfriend is 25 years of age. We have been tog. . .

Miranda Writes: Closed-minded Christian

Hi! This week I want to respond to something interesting that a guy named Ryan posted on the Insi. . .

Miranda Writes: Friends With Benefits—No Benefit at All!

Hello again! On my latest turn around the Insight magazine Web site I happened across this post. . . .

Miranda Writes: Rotten Fruit Means Rotten Root! Part 2

Last week we began our time by addressing an honest and anxious reader by the name of “Stru. . .

Miranda Writes: Rotten Fruit Means Rotten Root! Part 1

Hello again. I was on the Insight Web site several days ago and came across this prayer request t. . .

Miranda Writes: An Idle Mind Is . . . Healthy?

My grandmother always used to tell me, “Omar, an idle mind is the workplace of the devil!&r. . .

Miranda Writes: Spiritual Physical, Part 6

Well, you made it! This is our last week together discussing this very important topic of living . . .

Miranda Writes: Spiritual Physical, Part 5

Welcome back. We’ve been spending the past several weeks talking about the importance o. . .

Miranda Writes: Spiritual Physical, Part 4

Over the past several weeks we’ve turned our attention to a very important subject—al. . .

Miranda Writes: Spiritual Physical, Part 3

Over the past two weeks we’ve been talking about the importance of making sure that we live. . .

Miranda Writes: Spiritual Physical, Part 2

Last week we began our discussion of the importance of taking our relationship with God seriously. . .

Miranda Writes: Spiritual Physical, Part 1

When I was a kid, I hated to have alcohol put on my cuts. It stung! But I knew that in the end, i. . .

Miranda Writes: God Wants Us to Eat Meat!

When did you become a Christian? Years and years ago?  A couple of years ago? This year? Thi. . .

Miranda Writes: Say Uncle! Part 2

Last week we began talking about the importance of submission and obedience to God as the way to . . .

Miranda Writes: Say Uncle! Part 1

When I was a kid, I used to get into all kinds of fights with my two brothers—over all kind. . .

Miranda Writes: The Price of Love, Part 2

Last week we looked at what happens when teens go looking for love and belonging through the wron. . .

Miranda Writes: The Price of Love, Part 1

I read this sad story on January 19, 2012, for the first time. I cried. The Centers for Disease C. . .

Miranda Writes: Standing Firm

Here’s another post from the discussion board at insightmagazine.org:

&ld. . .

Miranda Writes: The “Hookup” on Hooking Up

Here’s a question I came across recently on the discussion board at insightmagazine.org:
Miranda Writes: All Grown Up?

Here’s a question I came across on the discussion board at insightmagazine.org:


Miranda Writes: Singly Focused

Here’s another question I came across on the discussion board at insightmagazine.org:
Miranda Writes: To Honor and Obey

Here’s another post I came across on the discussion board at insightmagazine.org:

Miranda Writes: Its Like Superglue

Another of my field trips through the insightmagazine.org discussion board turned up this interes. . .

Miranda Writes: Kiss and Tell? Part 2

Last week we began discussing the important posted question: “Is kissing before marriage OK. . .

Miranda Writes: Kiss and Tell? Part 1

Pretty regularly I surf Insight magazine’s online discussion forum to see what teens are de. . .

Miranda Writes: Living for an Audience of One, Part 2

For the past two weeks we’ve been talking a lot about the importance of being connected to,. . .

Miranda Writes: Living for an Audience of One, Part 1

Last week we talked about the importance of being “yoked up” or connected in the righ. . .

Miranda Writes: The Yoke’s on You!

The following question was posted on the Insight magazine Web site discussion board (insightmagaz. . .

Miranda Writes: Respecting Others Means First Respecting God!

The following is a question that was posted by a reader on the insightmagazine.org discussion boa. . .

Miranda Writes: Lit Up: Glowing for Jesus, Part 2

Last week I told you a true but cheesy story about me using my cell phone to get ready for bed. I. . .

Miranda Writes: Lit Up: Glowing for Jesus, Part 1

In May 2008 I was speaking at a conference. Usually I try to take my family on as many speaking e. . .

Miranda Writes: Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

I was perusing the Insight magazine discussion board online today when I came across this interes. . .

Miranda Writes: Black (and Blue) Friday, Part 2

Last week we talked about the age-old and life-altering issue of each of us having a hole in our . . .

Miranda Writes: Black (and Blue) Friday, Part 1

“It was like the running of the bulls in Spain!” my wife told me with a quivering voi. . .

Miranda Writes: Unapologetic About Apologetics, Part 4

Hey, I’m glad you returned for our last installment of this most important series on apolog. . .

Miranda Writes: Unapologetic About Apologetics, Part 3

We’ve been talking about apologetics these past two weeks, and today is our second-to-last . . .

Miranda Writes: Unapologetic About Apologetics, Part 2

Last week we began our discussion about apologetics and talked about how it’s important for. . .

Miranda Writes: Unapologetic About Apologetics, Part 1

I remember the first time I talked with somebody about what I believed who didn’t agree wit. . .

Miranda Writes: Worldview Wars, Part 2

Last week we talked about the importance of worldviews and looked at what a worldview is and how . . .

Miranda Writes: Worldview Wars, Part 1

Last week we used a term that might be new to you: “worldview.” What does that mean? . . .

Miranda Writes: Why Are You a Firework?

“ ’Cause, baby, you’re a firework,” my daughter belted from the other roo. . .

Miranda Writes: Dirty Diapers and Difficult Daily Decisions

“Boo, boo!” my 2½-year-old son ran up to me screaming. He was frantically claw. . .

Miranda Writes: Who You Are and Whose You Are

Here’s a question we received at Insight, and my response:

I just . . .

Miranda Writes: Are You Dull? Part 3

Last time, I discussed the importance of accountability in relationships (specifically in the con. . .

Miranda Writes: Are You Dull? Part 2

My street name used to be “Karate Man.” Many years—and many pounds—ago I . . .

Miranda Writes: Are You Dull? Part 1

Last week we completed a series on sex and porn addiction. I wanted to follow up and share with y. . .

Miranda Writes: Porn Doesn’t Have to Be the Norm, Part 2

Last week we began our talk discussing the important issue of pornography and addiction. Today I . . .

Miranda Writes: Porn Doesn’t Have to Be the Norm, Part 1

Lately I have been answering a lot of e-mails and posts from teens that tell me they’re afr. . .

Miranda Writes: Intervention 101

Back in June someone posted the following question in the discussion forum at Insight’s Web. . .

Miranda Writes: Stinking Thinking


Miranda Writes: How Not to Be a Fool, Part 3

Over the past several weeks we’ve been talking about how not to be a fool. We learned about. . .

Miranda Writes: How Not to Be a Fool, Part 2

Last week we began to explore what the Bible has to say about being a fool—or more specific. . .

Miranda Writes: How Not to Be a Fool, Part 1

“Son, I’m so glad you graduated today,” exclaimed my father as he wiped away te. . .

Miranda Writes: The Brady Bunch Doesn’t Live Here Anymore! Part 4

For the past several weeks we’ve been discussing the difficult and often devastating occurr. . .

Miranda Writes: The Brady Bunch Doesn’t Live Here Anymore! Part 3

We’ve been talking about divorce for the past two weeks. This week we’re going to lea. . .

Miranda Writes: The Brady Bunch Doesn’t Live Here Anymore! Part 2

Last week we began looking at the important and devastating topic of divorce. We briefly discusse. . .

Miranda Writes: The Brady Bunch Doesn’t Live Here Anymore! Part 1

The Brady Bunch was a popular television series on ABC from 1969 to 1974. I remember watching rer. . .

Miranda Writes: What to Do When You’re Not Sure How to Share Your Faith, Part 2

Last week we discussed the importance of understanding that God wants us to share the good news&m. . .

Miranda Writes: What to Do When You’re Not Sure How to Share Your Faith, Part 1

This week I want to talk about the second-most-important thing we’re supposed to do while w. . .

Miranda Writes: Purposely Sinning for a Long Time—What to Do? Part 4

The Psalms were written by several different people, and in some cases we’re not sure who w. . .

Miranda Writes: Purposely Sinning for a Long Time—What to Do? Part 3

Last week we began looking at King David’s sins of lust, adultery, and murder and how his c. . .

Miranda Writes: Purposely Sinning for a Long Time—What to Do? Part 2

Last week we looked at how consistently living with a secret si. . .

Miranda Writes: Purposely Sinning for a Long Time—What to Do? Part 1

For the past three weeks we’ve talked about Abraham and Sarah and the kind of issues they h. . .

Miranda Writes: What to Do When God Asks You to Give Up Your Dream, Part 3

We’ve been following the life story and faith journey of Abraham and his wife Sarah in thei. . .

Miranda Writes: What to Do When God Asks You to Give Up Your Dream, Part 2

Last week we began looking at the question “What do we do when God asks us to give up our d. . .

Miranda Writes: What to Do When God Asks You to Give Up Your Dream, Part 1

Last week we talked about what to do when you don’t know what to do. We looked at four larg. . .

Miranda Writes: Life’s Curveballs

“I don’t know what to do, Mr. M! I just don’t know what to do.” Sheri&sup. . .

Miranda Writes: The Secret to Contentment, Part 3

This week we’ll be looking at the last of three secrets to contentment. Last week we looked. . .

Miranda Writes: The Secret to Contentment, Part 2

This week we’ll be looking at the second of three secrets to contentment. Last week we look. . .

Miranda Writes: The Secret to Contentment, Part 1

“I can do all things, all things, all things, I can do all things through Christ who streng. . .

Miranda Writes: Too Little Too Late

Billy Ray Cyrus, father of actress and pop singer Miley Cyrus, admitted that he was a bad father . . .

Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 8

Last week we began the discussion on how to lovingly and clearly convey our concern and the facts. . .

Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 7

In this last installment of this series, we’ll discuss how we as Christians should respond . . .

Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 6

This week we’ll be discussing two important issues: How do you get out of a lifestyle of ho. . .

Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 5

This week we’ll look at the question Is homosexuality damaging? If so, then in what ways&md. . .

Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 4

This week we’re going to be looking at the questions and the research behind the questions:. . .

Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 3

This week we’re going to talk about how our culture views homosexuality. Then we’re g. . .

Miranda Writes: Facing Homosexuality, Part 2

Last week we started talking about the topic of homosexuality. We began by establishing that ther. . .

Miranda Writes: Facing homosexuality, Part 1

Editors’ note: We at Insight understand that the topic of homosexuality is a tough one to d. . .

Miranda Writes: You Have Hope!

I read something the other day that really concerned me. My daughter is 9, and her mother and I t. . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 9

A lot of teens ask me questions related to dating and relationships, but probably the number one . . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 8

This week we’re going to talk about flirting in relation to modesty. Flirting can take plac. . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 7

The other day my wife was telling me how difficult it is for her to find modest clothes for my 7-. . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 6

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from teenage girls is “Mr. Miranda, I think . . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 5

Now that we understand how the brain works when it comes to attraction, attachment, bonding, sex,. . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 4

Today I’d like us to turn our attention to how attraction, attachment, and bonding happen a. . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 3

Now that we understand how we are created, let’s take a look at the basic differences betwe. . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 2

Last week I introduced to you the topic of dating and relationships and why it was important that. . .

Miranda Writes: Relationships, Part 1

In my 20 years of dealing with teens, I have not seen one issue as destructive to the lives of te. . .

Tats and Piercings

In 2005 Karolyne Smith, a Salt Lake City, Utah, woman, auctioned off her forehead—that&rsqu. . .

Miranda Writes: Walking the Talk

Have you ever unthinkingly said “Hi, how are you?” to someone, and their response has. . .

Miranda Writes: I’ve Got Only Two of Them!

How would you respond to someone who was bullying you? I’m just going to be honest: my firs. . .

Miranda Writes: Disney World Death

I grew up in central Florida in the town of Apopka, which is near Orlando. We lived quite close t. . .

Miranda Writes: The Cosmic Conflict

The Super Bowl is about the two best teams in pro football going at it head-to-head. You expect t. . .

The Ultimate Mission Trip

This week we’re talking about mission trips, specifically Ultimate Workout 20, which took p. . .

Miranda Writes: “There’s Nothing You Can Do to Make Me Stop Loving You!”

“Son, I’m so glad you graduated today,” exclaimed my father as he wiped away te. . .

Miranda Writes: Dead Man Walking, Part 2

Last week, we talked about making two New Year’s resolutions: (1) to love God with all our . . .

Miranda Writes: Dead Man Walking, Part 1

Last week I talked about my—and hopefully, your—two New Year’s resolutions: (1). . .

My New New Year’s Resolutions

Whew! I’m tired! Are you? I love Christmas and New Year’s. My tree and all my other h. . .

Miranda Writes: Be a Cookie-cutter Christian!

Romans 12:21 says: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (NIV).1 . . .

Miranda Writes: What Influence Are You Under

I’m sure you’ve all seen or heard the alcohol ads on TV, radio, and the Internet with. . .

Miranda Writes: It’s All About Me . . . and I’m Miserable!

“Mr. Miranda, I’m so depressed!” Callie (not her real name) exclaimed in exaspe. . .

Miranda Writes: What’s Wrong With Harry?

“Give it back!” We all heard anguished screaming and arguing echoing down the once-pe. . .

Miranda Writes: About Cutting

“I’m going to be suspended, ain’t I? Did you really have to call my parents? I&. . .

Coolness Versus Kindness

I had a crush on a boy named Brandon. He seemed like the perfect guy to me—tall and handsome. I t. . .

Beating Jealousy

“I lost my best friend because of jealousy,” Dawn said. “We were best friends f. . .

The 24/50 Project

Our ninth grade/tenth grade class was doing a project three days before school was out for the su. . .

Using Jesus

The score was five to four. Unfortunately, we were down, and there were approximately 45 seconds . . .

The Remixed Christian

(Continuation of the article on pages 4 and 5 of the October 9, 2010, issue of Insight magazine)<. . .

I Am Different

 “I can’t believe you don’t like pepperoni,” I often heard them say.. . .

Drifting Apart

It wasn’t that long ago when we were friends. We would giggle with each other and pass no. . .

On Fire for Christ!

 There were 606 of us guys from all over South Carolina at Boys State in Charleston. Each of. . .

A Lesson in Forgiveness

 It was difficult to see through my tears, but I blinked quickly to clear my vision. The pai. . .

What Not to Wear

 The M word

Any girl who has experienced a family episode of “night of the a. . .

An Unsung Hero

 When I was a baby, I was abandoned in an orphanage in Romania. Thankfully, I don’t re. . .

Disappeared

 “Where’s Andrew?”*


I cringed. My boss had asked that qu. . .

Top 10 Ways to Reach Out to Non-Christians

 1. Pray for them. What can we do on our own strength? Don’t forget that prayer. . .

Do I Deserve This Award?

 Why do people win awards, plaques, and trophies? Why are people recognized for the deeds th. . .

The Few Minutes That Took Forever

 July 16 dawned sunny and hot, and I smiled. What better weather could I have wished for to . . .

Trouble in Paradise

 My sister sat on the curb. Actually, she collapsed onto the curb. Tears fell down her face,. . .

Angel on a Dirt Bike?

 “Where did they go?” I asked my brother, Tyler, who was sitting behind me on ou. . .

The Top 10 Worst Summer Vacation Ideas

1. Seeing how long . . .

Snorkeling Scare in Aruba

 With my hair still dripping wet from the shower, I bit into a cold bagel smothered in cream. . .

Giving the Clothes off My Back

 It was as if a supernatural force had overtaken me. My muscles jittered as a distant glaze . . .

Landing in My Angel’s Hand

 “Daddy, I’ve been hit by a car!”

Until my collision with the ca. . .

Seek God This Summer!

 Summer is finally here! It’s time to relax, forget about school, and have a carefree . . .

Unfeigned Faith

 “To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father a. . .

The Cure for Complaining

 I live in a family of seven, and we take turns doing jobs like laundry and cooking. It used. . .

Time Is Ticking Away, or Is It?

 Now that high school graduation is almost behind you, what are you going to do next? That&r. . .

Caught!

 This week’s Web bonus story started in Insight magazine. Here’s a quick summ. . .

Gift Given Back

 When I was a little kid growing up, I watched high school teenagers in awe. I couldn’. . .

Love Wrecked

 I sat on the kitchen stool, tears streaming down my cheeks. “Nobody’s ever goin. . .

Personalize Your Devotions!

 If you’re a typical teenager, you probably enjoy personalizing your stuff: your compu. . .

“Corner Hugger”

 If five years ago you had told me that one day I’d stand on my church platform and pr. . .

Climbing Higher

 “Help,” Steven said without much urgency in his voice. He’s always trying. . .

The Wake-up Call

 I tossed and turned in my bed.

“Get up now!” a voice called out to me. . .

The “Gospel” According to Hollywood

 What do the movies Wall-E, 300, The Truman Show, Pleasantville, V for Vendetta, and the Mat. . .

Picture of a Miracle

 As I walked down the path through town, the brisk ocean breeze hit my face. After riding fo. . .

Room Checks?

 “They have room checks every night? At 10:30 p.m.?” I was outraged. It was the . . .

What’s the Rush?

 Like most females in today’s society, I love to shop. No doubt about it, some of my m. . .

Searching for Answers

 “How do I know for sure that God exists?” I asked my boyfriend Nick. It was a c. . .

Standing Up Under Pressure

P ressure. Some people thrive on it. Others crumble. These 2010 Olympic Winter Games will fi. . .

God Surprised Me at a Concert

 I’ve always loved going to concerts, whether it be to hear Relient K, Switchfoot, The. . .

Tough Questions

 While a friend of mine suffered from a chronic disease, a person who didn’t believe i. . .

Wanted: Youth Leaders!

 January is the dreariest and most boring month. The Christmas season is over but spring sti. . .

A Change of Heart

 I lay on my back as stars zipped across the sky in a spectacular midsummer meteor shower. T. . .

Invitation From a “Weirdo”

 “I wish you had just been honest with me—you didn’t have to lie. I’. . .

Time Well Spent

According to Nielsen Media Research, the way we spend our time reveals our priorities. Homework. . .

Drowning God Out

 My pastor is the best pastor anywhere. I know I’m biased, but hear me out. You wouldn. . .

Sherry Prays Once

God’s never been very real to me. Not that I don’t believe in His existence. It&rsq. . .

Stuck on the Slopes!

 My palms sweated as we inched closer to the top of the enormous mountain. The frigid air as. . .

The Wrong Idea

“The train station is over there!” Dina1 yelled.
Without looking into m. . .

Be Positive!

 We’d just lost the big basketball game that would’ve propelled us into the regi. . .

The Twilight Trap

 “How long till the movie?” I asked Leslie1 as we drove to the theater.


Three Unbearable Things

 The critique of pure reason, transcendental idealism, and the names of Kant, Descartes, Ber. . .

Feeling Left Out

 The phone rang and I sighed as I laid down my grading pen to answer it. It was four o&rsquo. . .

God Created Laughter

 We stood on stage in shock and disbelief at what had just happened. Approximately 500 peopl. . .

Yes, You Can!

 The energy generated in the race for the presidency of the United States dominated the mind. . .

Stay or Go?

 “What! What do you mean we’re moving? Next year is my senior year! Don’t . . .

Seriously Scary Skid

 With the day’s Geology 101 field trip fresh in my mind, I picked up the phone and cal. . .

Forgive? They Don’t Deserve It!

 Some people don’t deserve to be forgiven. They really don’t. They’re horr. . .

Polka Dots and Big Guns

 My silky-black high heels clicked on the sidewalk as I walked to class. I heard a whistle f. . .

Kindle

 Kindle is an acoustic praise band made up of Kalicia and Kemily Morrison, inseparable siste. . .

Go Green—Be Vegetarian!

 People of all ages have turned to a vegetarian diet to improve their health. Others have be. . .

Wanna Feel Good?

 Recently as I scanned radio stations, I heard Kenny Chesney singing:

“Don&r. . .

My Great Decision

 Standing on the edge of the rock, I watched water fall down 20 feet. I was out in the middl. . .

Rebel Without a Cause?

 You sit in the office, your head down, feelings of anger and disgust boiling inside of you.. . .

What I Learned in Murky Water

 The sun’s rays bore down on me as I pulled on my wet suit. Swarms of mayflies coated . . .

Practice Makes Perfect

 In a lengthy interview with reporters, basketball star Allen Iverson asked the question, &l. . .

“Liar!”

 Brad paused at the door of his home. He’d have to face his parents sooner or later. I. . .

“Burned” by Friends

 When choosing friends, what should you look for? Think personality, character, moral values. . .

Handling the Tough Stuff

 Sometimes everything seems to dump on you at once. Have you ever noticed that? It’s l. . .

Do You Have “Lip Slip”?

 It can destroy a person in a matter of minutes, ruin friendships, cause deep wounds, perman. . .

In “The Hole”

 Looking for a way to make money when I was young, I turned to selling drugs. I’d hear. . .

“Your Father Died Today”

 The crowd roared—unfortunately not for our team. We’d just lost one of our bask. . .

The Girl With No Hair

 I’d been moaning and groaning about spending my vacation with Grandpa and my 10-year-. . .

Kidnapped!

At the end of a great spring break from boarding school, on Sabbath afternoon I sat on the couch . . .

A Life-changing Move

 “South Central Conference would employ me?” asked my father.

“Y. . .

Dark Canyon Hike

 A full moon, round and orange, slowly climbs the night sky. We stand at the edge of the mas. . .

Wild Witness

 My Uncle Wally loved the Lord very much. He was raised a Seventh-day Adventist, he went to . . .

My Broken, Wooden Body

 I was a tree

   planted erect in the soil
Standing on my hi. . .

“How Are You?”

 “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?” (Psa. . .

Seniors Rule!

 “All seniors, please meet in the school library at 11:00 a.m. today.”


The Sexual Addiction No One Talks About

 A friend of my family sexually molested me when I was 9 years old. Though he didn’t t. . .

Body Art—Is It For You?

 A teenager dropped to his knees in the dark one night. Hot tears flooded his face. He felt . . .

To Join or Not?

 Josh, Dan, and their friends had just finished talking to Rick, an Army recruiter. Rick had. . .

Digging for Dinosaurs

 After graduating from Chisholm Trail Academy in Keene, Texas, I didn’t know what I sh. . .

What’s Your Slogan for Life?

 The alarm clock goes off. It’s Monday again. You wake up and get ready for school. Sa. . .

The Power of Dreams

 Last summer the twenty-ninth Olympic Games took place in Beijing, China. I just love the sp. . .

Domineering or Doormat?

 How do you approach problems? How do you handle conflicts or differences of opinion? Who ma. . .

A Different Drummer

Without time to say proper goodbyes to friends and family, my mother, my little brother and I mov. . .

Connect With God

 You live in an age of advanced communication. You have your cell phone and the Internet, PD. . .

Procrastinator? Not Anymore!

 

The wind howled against the windowpane next to the table where I sat. Mittens purr. . .

Surprise Answer!

    One day at the beginning of the year I sat by myself at school, thinking about. . .

My Space with God

    In the past few years my life has become increasingly more hectic as I split m. . .

Christmas Mission in Belize

    Most of us couldn’t hide our frustration. Damon* probably knew it was al. . .

My Gift of Grace

    Mrs. Hopkins, my speech teacher, had a unique system of deciding the order in . . .

Tempted to Be Bi

My face grows hot, and a deep shade of red invades my already ruddy complexion. My fingers race t. . .

The Pride Effect

     “Then he forgot to call me. I couldn’t believe it!” Li. . .

Ten Albums to Feed Your Soul

     Love music but hate albums that tease you with one or two great songs wh. . .

Driving Without a License

     “Are you OK, Dad?

    He didn’t say. . .

“Hit the Deck!”

    “Hit the deck!”

    My stepbrother and I . . .

Man Moving Forward
     I couldn’t walk past him in the emptying lobby of the Minneapolis Con. . .

Teacher Trouble?

  Lindsay slammed her locker door. “Can you believe Mrs. Cook had the nerve to te. . .

Familiar Figures

    “[Jesus] told them many things in parables, saying: ‘A farmer went. . .

Taking the Plunge

    “So, Joelle, are you going cliff jumping?”
  &nbs. . .

Are You Willing?

    For the past five years I’ve felt God calling me to be a missionary. As . . .

Sometimes It Takes a While

    Have you ever had a life-changing experience with God? a single defining momen. . .

Held Up At Gunpoint

    The phone rang several times before I picked it up. I slowly tore myself away . . .

Getting Through It

    My cell phone vibrated on the desk in my dorm room at Southern Adventist Unive. . .

Algebra and Rob: Both Totally Confusing

A wadded-up candy wrapper bounced off my forehead—nearly putting out my eye—and lande. . .

All God’s Fault

About three years after I was born (on January 27, 1988) my family moved to Redding, California. . . .

Compelled to Go Home

     I whirled around when I realized that Shay, my dog, had taken off. How s. . .

Weekend on Mt. Washington

    Lightning split the sky and an ear- shattering crack warned us of what we&rsqu. . .

Boomerang Blessings

    I was open to doing almost anything to earn money for a mission trip to Mexico. . .

Inheriting Uncle Bart

    I yawn and stretch and run my fingers through a tangled mop of hair. With eyes. . .

My Messed-Up Priorities

   The summer before my senior year of high school I had a job, friends to do things wi. . .

Where’s Home?

When I was a kid, I had to go to the doctor. The doctor told me to bring along a urine sample. We. . .

Unexpected Rodeo

I stood frozen in horror, watching the worst event ever slowly unfold, and I had caused it all. T. . .

No More Drugs, Just Jesus

When I was 15, I began using drugs. I’d already begun drinking alcohol years before, but ev. . .

Are You a Good Sport?

Being a good sport means being a good loser and a good winner. How&rsqu. . .

The Dos & Don'ts of Dating

Dating is an exciting time in life. Before you start dating, it’s. . .

My Pants Are Gone!

Where are my clothes? I know I left them right here.

I looked all over the foyer, . . .

It’s Easy to Forget

It happened on a Monday morning near the end of spring semester. Finals were coming up, and my st. . .

Giving Up on Donna

All of us care about our friends, but we can’t solve all their problems or live their live. . .

My Drama Queen

I remember my mother’s expression as she sat in that jail cell. Actually, she wasn’t . . .

Sharing Your Faith @ School
Want to share your faith without turning others off? Here’s how you can rep God in a positive and en. . .

Wizard in a Taxi
I met a wizard the other day on my way home from school. If I’d lived in Fairytale Land, he might ha. . .

My Pride and McDonald’s
I needed a job. I imagined myself in a cute coffee shop, knowing the regulars by name. All the cute . . .

Stuff Happens

“Hey, Jake, what’s up?”

“Hey, Caleb, what’s going on. . .

Running From the Flames!
“Ang! You have to snap out of it!” Jeni, my older sister, yelled at me as she shook my shoulders. <. . .

Are You a Blockhead?
I don’t mean this as a slam, believe me, but are you a blockhead? I mean, someone who’s a stumbling . . .

Going Under!

The sun shone brightly on our last day of spring break in Miami. Throwing our towels on the sand. . .

Strangely Christian

In his book, Is It Real When It Doesn’t Work?, Doug Murren, a pastor in the Foursquare denominat. . .

Prayer for a Friend

Ring, ring, ring! My sister rushed to pick up the phone. Not many people call our house, so we a. . .

Radical Roommate

Blurb; I knew that Mario had something inarguably real.

As I put my key into the lock, I . . .

Crash in Cuba

“We just hit a biker!” Stacey yelled. “Is he OK?”
“He&rsquo. . .

To Play or Not?

Michael approached Justin. “Soccer try- outs are tomorrow. Are you playing this year?&rdqu. . .

The Cover-up

“Home?” I asked, shocked.
“Yes, you’re going home to think things. . .

Time-Savers
Mike, scowling, sat on the edge of his bed. He had a 200-page biography to read for a report due th. . .

Saving Grace
Silence. My heart beat fast, and sweat cascaded down my face in sheets. This was it—once I w. . .

Don’t Wanna Be a Pop Christian
My skin feels baked from the hot, dry summer day. The sun just went down, and the bands are still . . .

Kicking Out Martha!

“Hey, Kirsten. Do you want to go out to eat with us tonight? Don’t give me that &lsqu. . .

What Teens Do Online . . .
If you fall within the category of “normal,” here’s what a recent survey found t. . .

Chillin With the Bible


If you’re devotionally-challenged, or even if you’re not, here’s how . . .