Overcome, Session 3: Hope for the Barren Heart

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In the bleak mid-winter of your soul, God plants a garden of faith. by Aaron Householder Fear is natural. Faith is supernatural. When we don’t understand and can’t overcome, we react in fear. It’s a natural response of humanity. Our fear may paralyze us in depression or indecision. Or our fear may motivate us to [...]

Overcome, Session 2: Idols Away

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Rid your life of the things that stand between you and God. by Aaron Householder Picture an 8-year-old boy’s messy room. It’s scattered with action figures, books, and games. Don’t forget to watch your step for Legos® lying low like land mines. And then there’s that little boy who’s been playing outside. His stench fills the room, too. Whew! Now, [...]

Overcome, Session 1: Finding Your Way Out of the Desert

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by Jim Johnston One of my favorite television shows is Man vs. Wild, an ingenious reality show that attempts to show you how to survive in any number of hostile environments—from the Costa Rican rainforest to the Alaskan frontier to a wide array of desert locations. The host is an aptly named British gentleman named [...]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): All Excuses Ceasing

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by Susan Childress This year, Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 60th anniversary of her coronation. In 1953, she sent special invitations to the coronation. The invitations were inscribed, “all excuses ceasing.” In other words, there is no RSVP — you’re expected to be there, no excuses. Today, you are invited and expected to accept an [...]

Connected, Session 4: Walk the Line

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  How to navigate conflict with a balance of truth and grace by Daniel Darling I was having a particularly rough day at the office, and I carelessly left a weapon lying around — my email inbox. Chafed at a colleague who publically embarrassed me in a team meeting, I composed a bitter and sarcastic [...]

Connected, Session 3: Beyond the Casserole

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by Karen S. Robertson Upon the recent death of our mother, my family experienced an outpouring of love. Delicious cakes, pies, and casseroles appeared at our door. But help also came in other ways, teaching us to think outside the box when helping someone else struggling with grief. Stand in the gap. Offer to house-sit, [...]

Connected, Session 2: Are You a Faith Snob?

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by Jason Hayes One of my greatest desires is to be humble. When people hear the word humble, I want them to immediately think of me. I want to become the national spokesman for an organization that’s about humility. In fact, I’m hoping to get a large statue of myself erected in downtown Knoxville, Tenn., [...]

Connected, Session 1: Meaningful Minstry to Those Who Cannot Attend

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  by John Garner They are in every church in America. They are faithful believers. They have held positions of leadership in their churches. They have been great neighbors, employees, and citizens. They have taught Sunday School, been deacons, and some have preached. They are some of God’s choice servants. They are shut-ins. These folks [...]

And It Was Good, Session 2: Meeting the Needs of Others

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by Gene A. Getz He not only healed the sick physically and psychologically, but He provided food for them as well.  Our Human and Divine Example God became flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus Christ. The Bible states that Jesus was tempted in every way, and yet He was without sin. [...]

And It Was Good, Session 1: Blessed to Be a Blessing

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God blesses you so you can share your bounty with others. by Aaron Householder Blessings and nations and peoples, oh, my! Blessings and nations and peoples! “May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations (Psalm [...]