Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness, Bonus: Free Student Devotion, “Share in Suffering”

This is the free student devotional for Ministry in the Face of Illness, Bonus Session. Pause Go on a walk today. Take a look around you, at your community, the people the Lord has placed in your midst. Ask God to make your heart tender to those who need to know the hope of the […]

Winter 2014-15 Bible Studies For Life: Kids Life Verse Postcards (Free Download!)

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We had such an overwhelmingly positive response to our Life Verse Postcards for Fall, that we decided to make them again for the Winter. I think that these are just great. I mentioned last time that I love to write cards to the kids in my class and I think that having great postcards is […]

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 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 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): 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 5: I’d Love you All Over Again

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God can redeem a marriage … even one that’s ended in divorce. by Traylor Lovvorn I was completely caught off guard. Thinking that we were going to have lunch with friends, I didn’t question my wife, Melody, when she jumped into the driver’s seat. It was our fifth anniversary, and I probably should’ve been aware that […]

Overcome, Session 4: This Too Shall Pass

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by Steve Rogers Are you in a difficult situation? Is your patience being tried, giving new meaning to the word exasperation? If so, you are not alone. As the saying goes, there are three kinds of people in the world — those who are currently in trouble, those who have just come out of trouble, […]

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 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 […]