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One Choice Every Couple Should Make in Their Suffering

One Choice Every Couple Should Make in Their Suffering

What is one choice every couple should make in the midst of their storm? It might sound like a simple question, but it is incredibly important. One of the most important choices we can make as a couple is to move toward community instead of away from it. The challenge for most of us is

Conquering Anxiety in the Face of Uncertainty

Whew. We’re all certainly living in uncertain times. It feels like every time I turn on the television or scroll through my newsfeed, there is an unsettling photo of someone gravely sick or a heated political debate among friends. Seeing the constant stream of upsetting stories, unprecedented health warnings, and watching buildings destroyed in my

Why Does God Allow Mental Illness?

And what is the purpose of suffering? I once worked with a man who started limping around the office one day. He had tripped during a recent half-marathon and thought his ankle was just taking longer than usual to recover. But then he started to trip when walking down the hallway and couldn’t keep his

Let him meet you in your sorrow

Joseph’s Heartbreak: God Speaks Into Sorrow

But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you are

Forgiving God

Getting hurt by people is hard. Getting hurt by what God allows can feel unbearable. While I might phrase my disillusionment as a question of why or how, when I lay my head on my tear-soaked pillow, questions can turn into bitter feelings. I probably wouldn’t want to raise my hand at Bible study and

You Are Never Alone Week 4 — God Is with You in the Dark

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:4-5 In the dark, you’re never really alone. ~ Max Hey, friends! Welcome to week four of the You Are Never Alone OBS! This week we will learn about the blind man that Jesus had the gall to heal sending

You Are Never Alone Week 3 — God Is with You in the Storm

Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. — John 6:11 Count on Christ. He can help you do the impossible. Just offer Him what you have and watch Him work.

How We Can Face the Hardest Things in Life

January 17th, 2018 transformed our lives. It was the day I (Patrick) heard the word cancer. “Would you spell that for me?” I asked the nurse over the phone. My head was already spinning. Heart pounding. I scribbled a word that I had, until now, never heard before onto the only scrap piece of paper

Into the Mystery

Everything is possible for you. —Mark 14:36 In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus addresses His prayers tenderly to “Abba, Father” but also reverently to the One for whom “everything is possible” (Mark 14:36). He is recognizing that intimate love and infinite power coexist and coalesce without contradiction in the heart of God. C. S. Lewis

Say Goodbye to The Pit of Family Pileups

Pileups happen. Especially in families. That’s what happened to mine. That’s what happened to Keith’s. That’s the nature of family. The ties are so close that the same cord that hangs one tangles all. They say alcoholism is a family disease, but it’s not the only one. Both of my girls experienced some second-hand effects from

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