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 (Overcome an Earthly Mindset): What To Do When You Hit a Bad Light Cycle

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I love it when I hit every green light on my way to my destination. Smooth sailing all the way. The truth is, it feels so right that many times I don’t really pay attention to the ease of the trip. Everything is as it should be. But I also know how it feels to […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Are You Destined for the Hall of Faith?

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This article originally appeared on February 20, 2013 on threadsmedia.com  Ever had one of those days? You know, one of those days when you super glue your rings together, dent the tailgate of your car, and broke your parents’ garage door — none of it on purpose and all in the same hour? Yesterday, I […]

Overcome, Session 4: Providential Provision

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      God gives you just what you need just when you need it.  by Rhett H. Wilson, Sr. God provided in an unusual way and challenged me to trust Him financially in the years that followed my college experience. The summer after graduation, while preparing for seminary, I worked as a children’s minister. God […]

Overcome, Session 2: Strings Attached: Why The “Hook-Up Culture” Affects You

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by Guy Chmieleski The hookup culture – this “no strings attached” paradigm toward casual sexual encounters – has become the new normal among many Christian collegiates in America. According to Relevant magazine, “Eighty percent of young, unmarried Christians have had sex. Two-thirds have been sexually active in the last year. Even though, according to a […]

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 6 (Connected Through Prayer): 3 Steps to a Healthier Prayer Life

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by Joel A. Lindsey Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: You decide it’s time to pray, so you close your eyes. Fifteen seconds in, out of nowhere, tomorrow’s to-do list pops up and your thoughts are off on a tangent. Before long, you realize what’s happening, and by sheer force of the will, you […]

Connected, Session 5 (Connected in Service): Gifts

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By Michael Kelley My kids love getting gifts. (I guess that whole “blessed is the giver” thing hasn’t caught on yet.) My son likes Legos®, light sabers, and baseball bats. He could care less about getting clothes. In a big stack of presents, he’ll open a package of socks, nod politely, and then quickly throw […]

Connected, Session 3: Going the Distance

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Marathoner Amy Compston used to run away from God. Now she’s running for Him.  by Mark Maynard Amy Compston has been a distance runner since she was 11 years old. The wife and mom, 28, who finished among the top 15 percent of females at the 2013 Boston Marathon, is training for a grueling 50-mile Ultra Marathon in […]

Connected Session 1: He’ll Come Running

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The amazing race of a father and his son, and how it demonstrates God’s undying love for you. by Pete Wilson There’s a dangerous temptation many of us face when we think we’ve got God all figured out. I’ve noticed that I tend to get myself into all kinds of trouble when I make assumptions […]