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Quick Stats

  • As of February 28, 2021, we have had 325 writers join our publication!
  • Out of the 24 days of February (we don’t post on Sundays) we had a total of 101 stories with an average of 4 per day.
  • The day with the most posts was Tuesday, February 2 with 8 stories.

Recommended Stories

As a Christian publication, we believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. So once a week, in our Facebook Group, writers are asked to share a story from someone else that resonated with them. Here’s what we have from the month of February:

Brad Creech recommended That…


Micro-memoir

Tested my understanding between truth and lies

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Photo by Kristian Seedorff on Unsplash

It happened in October. The month we both celebrated our birthdays.

Deedee and I were best of friends. Although she was a grade behind me, we lived close and spent many afternoons and weekends playing together.

This particular weekend, we were playing in the front yard raking autumn leaves into giant piles to run and jump in.

Then we heard the side door open and we knew that Deedee’s older brother, Barry, was coming outside.

“Don’t tell Barry where I am,” Deedee giggled as she jumped in the pile and I helped to disguise her under the leaves.

Barry rounded…


Interview

Writer Spotlight: An interview with Ilana Reimer

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Personal photo of Ilana Reimer

As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 320 writers. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.

Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.

Ilana Reimer lives in Ottawa, Ontario. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Ilana and what makes her tick.

When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?

I joined in 2018. It was a way to connect with other writers and find another readership for my blog posts.

When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?

Discovering other writers is one of my favourite things. And…


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Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

Whether you are a newbie at writing or you’re considered a veteran, there are always things to learn to improve your writing.

I have found 6 ways to improve my own writing:

1. Take courses

There are a number of free (and paid) courses that you can take online and through continuing education at colleges and other organizations.

I’ve taken a course on writing devotionals, a course on writing for children, and a creative writing course.

There are one-day courses, full certificate courses, and everything in-between. The type of course you take is only limited by your imagination.

A simple google search can…


What’s Your Story?

A series of Christian salvation stories featuring Arulnathan John

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Personal photo of Arulnathan John

Since being saved in 2001, I have had an interest in hearing the stories of other believers who have given their lives to Jesus.

You can read my story here:

Through this series, I want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of Christians and their before and after stories.

Arulnathan John was born in 1965 and gave his heart to the Lord at age 13. He was born in a Christian family and before he was filled with the Holy Spirit, his prayer life was structured and rote. Now, living in Singapore, his prayer life has…


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Photo by Emma Van Sant on Unsplash

I was raised Catholic. I attended Separate School and went to mass every Sunday.

In university, I would often argue with my best friend about how Catholicism was the only right religion. Although she was Protestant I believed that she followed a different God.

Somewhere along the line, I got my wires crossed and assumed that if you weren’t Catholic, you weren’t a Christian.

It wasn’t until I was born-again and decided to allow Jesus into my everyday life that I realized how wrong I was.

I remember the cold afternoon where the veil was lifted from my eyes. I…


Or does it make it worse?

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Photo by Carolyn V on Unsplash

I regularly suffer from depression and have since I was a child.

Thank God that in my 40s I was finally diagnosed with clinical depression and my doctor started me on a low dose of medication. Just enough to stop the rollercoaster ride of extreme highs and depressing depths.

That said, I’ve always been an optimist and have been described as someone who wears “rose-coloured glasses”.

So it wasn’t difficult for me to start a daily journal to list my blessings. Every day, I wrote out 5 things that I was thankful for.

Most days, it was easy. I have…


Interview

Writer Spotlight: An interview with Eric Sentell

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Personal photo of Eric Sentell

As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 315 writers. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.

Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.

Eric Sentell lives in Piedmont, Missouri. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Eric and what makes him tick.

When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?

June 2020. I wanted to read unlimited articles on topics I was learning so much about.

When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?

Dec. 2020. I appreciate your articles, and I want to share my experiences that may…


Interview

Writer Spotlight: An interview with Brad Creech

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Personal photo of Brad Creech

As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 310 writers. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.

Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.

Brad Creech lives in Fort Meade, Florida. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Brad and what makes him tick.

When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?

December of 2020. I joined Medium because it is not just a platform. It is a community of writers who seem to support one another.

When did you join Koinonia? What attracted you to this publication?

I joined Koinonia shortly after…


Micro-Memoir

And why do we say it?

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Photo by June Heredia on Unsplash

It happened in Religion class in grade 3.

The week before, the priest that taught our group stood at the front of the class leading us in the Lord’s Prayer.

At the end of the prayer, we all said “Amen” together. Then he asked us to think about the meaning of this word and we would discuss it together as a class the following week.

That afternoon at home, I asked my brothers what the word Amen meant. They said it meant “all men” — as in all men agree.

Equipped with my response, I was the first to put…

Kimberley Payne

Jesus Lover. Oma. Author. Exercise & healthy eating are to the body what prayer & Bible study are to the spirit. https://www.kimberleypayne.com/free-programs

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