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Loving Jesus means loving His people… all His people. Even when it isn’t easy. Even when they are outside our comfort zone. Let’s show the world the love of Jesus by sharing the gospel in ways that accommodate them so they know they’re loved!

Learning to Love People Different Than We Are

Learning to Love People Different Than We Are

  How Much Can You Put Up With? Listen, I know it’s hard to embrace someone else’s cultural values. Whether it’s their noise level, the smell and look of their food, their communal gatherings, or the way they look at you, talk, dress, or act, another person’s way of life often feels like a disruption.

In the worst of the hurt, feeling the pain is the first step toward healing the pain. And all those emotions that keep bubbling up and unexpectedly spilling out? They’re evidence you aren’t dead inside.

Hurt: But How Do I Get Through the Next 86,400 Seconds?

The God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. — 1 Peter 5:10 I want healing to be as neat and predictable as a checklist. I don’t want to be inconvenienced by

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

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

No Weapon Formed Against Me Will Prosper

No weapon formed against you shall prosper. — Isaiah 54:17 NKJV When I was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, my mind raced: What’s the treatment plan? How will my body respond? How quickly can I recover from chemotherapy? I resisted only one question: Why me? When crisis crashes into your life, it’s easy to ask

He offers Elijah comfort

A Cleft in a Rock

A God Who Is With You When You Reach the End of Yourself Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My

Suffer Strong: Post-Traumatic Growth

In sharing our story, we’ve given many people permission to share their stories back to us. Those stories cover all the ways a person can hurt — loss of a child, divorce, financial struggle, cancer, dysfunctional relationships, addiction — and naturally, many of them are stories similar to ours; that is, they’re related to stroke

Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish

Ora Jay August 27, 1982 Children’s laughter met our ears as I pulled up and parked our buggy in front of my cousin Floyd’s house. Floyd and Ruth lived quite a spell from us, but it was worth the trip because we had two girls who’d be meeting their cousins for the first time. My bones were weary

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