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: Meeting God at the Intersection of Expectation and Disappointment

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by John Koessler A little more than a month after his son’s tragic death by suicide, Pastor Rick Warren made what some might consider to be a disturbing admission. He confessed that he had prayed regularly and sincerely for a different outcome to his son’s life. “For 27 years, I prayed every day of my […]

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 4: No Surprises

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God’s presence and faithfulness are sufficient for all your needs. By Scott Attebery It may be the most creative question ever posed. Out of the blue, my son, Bryce, loves to ask, “Aren’t you forgetting something?” Then he loves to wait in silence to see if I can guess from the 43 billion possible things […]

Overcome, Session 3: Shelf Life

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by Carole Rodgers ANOTHER CHRISTMAS HAD PASSED. After finally getting my decorations down and packed away, I carried the boxes to the closet and gently lifted them up and onto the shelf.  I couldn’t help but notice in the packing that a good number of the decorations were beginning to show tell-tale signs of aging. […]

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: Life Puzzle

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by June Chapko As a child, whenever we visited my grandparents, I had the honor of choosing a puzzle from the closet in my mother’s old bedroom.  The closet was piled high with boxes of jigsaw puzzles, waiting to be selected. I loved sorting the pieces and finding several that seemed to fit, but I […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): Can I Take Your Coats?

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by Scott Penner These were the first words that greeted me as I, along with my family, entered Truro Alliance Church as a candidate for pastoral ministry.  Delbert, a quiet, unassuming senior, had his own way of making a person feel welcome. He was what you would call the head usher. However, when asked if […]

Connected, Session 6 (Connected Through Prayer): May I Pray For You Now?

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  by Kaye Johns “Brothers, pray for us also” (1 Thess. 5:25).  Most of us, if we are at all active in our churches, are occasionally asked to pray for someone. We say we will — and we fully we intend to — but sometimes we forget. One way to avoid this is to pray […]