Resilient Faith, Session 4: Love Laid Down

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“Ryan’s dead, but God is good.”  How one family grappled with these simultaneous realities It all happened so fast. At the beginning of 2010, Chad Arnold was a healthy 38-year-old with a wife and two kids. Then the liver condition he’d been living with relatively symptom-free since his early 20s suddenly became more aggressive. He went [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 4: Mark’s Call to Move

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by Jennifer McCaman We live in a word-saturated world. We don’t have to look far to find opinions; they find us. Glance through a blog, read a wall-post, scroll through your tweets, or flip through a textbook, and you’ll hear hundreds of voices clamoring to persuade you. Friends, professors, authors, coworkers, and the media argue controversial issues. Don’t misunderstand; communication is [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 4: God’s Purpose in Our Suffering

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by Larry Dry Recently I received an email from a retired pastor friend: “What I thought would be a routine exam with the heart doctor has turned out to be much more. So far I’ve endured wearing a heart monitor and having blood tests and an echo cardiogram. At least they have proven beyond a [...]

Resilent Faith, Session 4 (Ready Faith): Miracle Performed God’s Way

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By Susan J Decuir It was a quiet Saturday afternoon. My husband, Ron, practiced his guitar in his music room. I relaxed on my comfy recliner in the living room, reading a heart-touching book by one of my favorite Christian authors. I was completely absorbed in the dramatic conclusion, tissue in hand, when the phone [...]

Resilient Faith Session 3: Traveling Light

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In the midst of the darkest circumstances, God is able. by Priscilla Shirer The airplane cabin was almost completely quiet, except for the occasional clicking of a flight attendant’s heels, responding to a passenger’s call for hot tea or a pillow. Night had fallen across the vast expanse of sky somewhere between London and Johannesburg — [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 2: The Mouth Guard

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by Katharine Wool Parrish The news was shocking! I couldn’t believe it, and I couldn’t wait to tell someone. We were enjoying lunch when my son told me about a volunteer at church. “They told him his services were no longer needed,” he said. “Can you believe that? He’s been doing that job for 10 [...]

Resilient Faith Session 2: We Choose Faith

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There are parts of God and His Word that we don’t understand or even like. But to choose faith, we have to embrace all of it. By Michael Kelley It’s not that difficult to tell when someone has something to tell you but really doesn’t want to — you can almost sense the news coming. It’s the same [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 1: An Anchor From the Storm

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by Rebecca George Lessons from the Life of Jeremiah Six years ago this coming August (2011), Hurr icane Katrina began her lethal trek toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When all was said and done, nearly 1,900 people lost their lives, and the storm caused more than $100 billion in destruction. Many college students in New Orleans lost everything. Students already immersed into the fall [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 1: Spot the Rainbow in the Rain

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BY ERIKA HOFFMAN His step was spryer than usual as he descended the stairs. Clack-clack, his cane stomped the wooden tread before his arthritic foot budged.  “Hey, Dad! You’re up earlier than usual,” I said as I attempted to peer into his eyes. I restrained from glancing pitifully at his uncertain, wobbly knees. His white [...]

Resilient Faith, Session 1: The Calm in the Storm

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Peace is the presence of Jesus. BY JENNIFER J. HOLT  BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP. Every morning begins the same way with a rousing alarm and a long list of things to do. I try to be a planner, packing my family’s lunches the night before and getting out what we’re going to wear before bed, yet somehow getting [...]