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Think About What You Think About

Think About What You Think About

In her short thirteen years Rebecca Taylor has endured more than fifty-five surgeries and medical procedures and approximately one thousand days in the hospital. Christyn, Rebecca’s mom, talks about her daughter’s health complications with the ease of a surgeon. The vocabulary of most moms includes phrases such as “cafeteria food,” “slumber party,” and “too much

Cultivating Joy

When I was young, I thought that following God and being a Christian would lead to a life that was kind of easy, filled only with happiness and free from pain and sorrow. Silly me. I’m not even sure where I got that idea, except maybe from teachings spouted by TV evangelists who espoused a

Expect the Unexpected

Introduction Kirk and Ashleigh were in their late twenties and already knew the heartbreak of bad news. After three years of tests, procedures, and tears, they sat with the doctor as he explained that they would not be able to conceive. They had reached the end of their medical options. They would have to adjust

Tailor Made: The Authentic You

The authentic self is soul made visible. — Sarah Ban Breathnach 1 We are the most at ease when no one is watching. We are free to be ourselves and act the way we feel at the moment when no one is there to judge us. When I took my daughter, Holly, to her first

Alpha Session One: Is There More to Life Than This?

Alpha Session One: Is There More to Life Than This? What, if any, has been your experience of Christianity? Boring? Untrue? Irrelevant? At the heart of the Christian faith is the person of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35) JESUS SAID, “I AM THE WAY.” The first-order questions

Defiant Joy with Candace Payne

You’re Invited to the Defiant Joy Online Bible Study

You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true JOY and contentment. — Psalm 16:11 We’re in need of some joy, aren’t we? We need to smile, chuckle, and laugh until our sides ache. What’s that saying? — laughter is the

Play With Fire: The Holy Spirit and the Abundant Life

Holy Spirit On the final day of the retreat, the prayer team called my mom to the front of the room. One of the leaders pushed her forward in her wheelchair, and the women placed their hands on her body and began to pray. In a beautiful moment of spontaneity, women from all over the auditorium got to their feet,

Depression: Jesus Understands Deep Sorrow

I was thirteen, working on some homework at the kitchen table when the yellow crank-dial phone that hung on the wall rang. My mom was washing dishes at the time, and I remember her gently drying off her hands before she answered it. “Oh no!” was her response. I watched as her shoulders sank and

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