Storm Shelter, Session 4 (The Shelter of God’s Encouragement): What to Do When Emotionally Under Siege

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by Rich Mussler “I call to You from the ends of the earth WHEN MY HEART IS WITHOUT STRENGTH. Lead me to a rock that is high above me” (Ps. 61:2).  In recent years, Americans have experienced quite a bit of tragedy as a nation, and such events can leave us feeling emotionally drained. This […]

Storm Shelter, Session 3 (The Shelter of God’s Forgiveness): Released From Hatred, Free to Forgive

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by GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS On September 2, 1945, a 19-year-old Marine stood 20 feet behind General Douglas MacArthur on the battleship USS Missouri as the Instrument of Surrender, which ended Word War II, was signed. That 19-year-old Marine who witnessed history was my father. FROM THE TIME I WAS A LITTLE BOY, I can remember my […]

Making Plans For Christmas: Defeat the Holiday Doldrums

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by Shirley Pope Waite For the first time since I was a young single,  I’D BE ALONE for Christmas.  My daughter lived in South Carolina on the other side of the country. One son had just started a new job and couldn’t take time off. Another had previously been scheduled to work all Christmas week. […]

Storm Shelter Session 1(The Shelter of God’s Presence): Well Placed Confidence

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In the face of life’s uncertainties, place your trust in God.  “I tell you, Peter,” He said, “the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!” (Luke 22:34). The words must have hung in the air, pointed and powerful. The disciples had just been arguing about who was to […]

Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness: Excerpt from “Melissa” by Frank Page

This is Chapter 1 of Melissa: A Father’s Lessons From a Daughter’s Suicide by Frank Page You’re Not Alone I was in my yard-working clothes when the call came. It was Friday morning. The day after Thanksgiving. Ten more minutes and I’d likely have been out on my mower, cutting the grass in preparation for getting […]

Overcome, Session 6: Second Chances at First Loves

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   God makes a new home for a widow, a widower, and their five children. by Gina Kell Spehn A child is born. He is mine. I’m made for him and he for me. Wonder and awe, that through me he arrived. My firstborn has me feeling poetic about life. Deep. Captivated. Suddenly fearful. My need […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Doing Good For All

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by Gene A . Getz  This title comes from the apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians:  “So we must not get tired of doing good. … Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith” (Gal. 6:9-10).  As I opened my […]

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 […]