There was a time when the followers of Jesus caught Him praying off to the side. They were so moved by the way Jesus was praying that when He was done they called him over and they said, "Jesus, could You teach us how to pray like that?" I have a sneaking suspicion that a few of Jesus' followers wanted ..
A Taste of Christianity, Part 2: A Better Kind of Grieving
by Bill Hybels
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Some of us bump up against walls where circumstances in our lives seem too much for us to overcome on our own. God is very available to help us conquer any of those walls. And one wall that we all face, even if the rest of life has been smooth, is the mortality wall. To break through this wall, each ..
Easter 2009: The Wall
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Do you believe that God is good and loves you unconditionally? Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it can be a way to grow deeper in faith. Pain is not the opposite of joy but that pain reveals deeper levels of joy. We need to sit in our pain or doubt and not avoid it or run from it. The question ..
Faith Sounds Like...Part 1: Blues
by Jarrett Stevens
Whether it's loss through the death of a family member or friend, loss of a marriage, loss of a job, loss of health or whatever, the approach to grieving loss that most of us follow, because it's what we've learned experientially, is quite far removed from the advice of Scripture on handling grief. ..
Grieving with Hope
"Sometimes people outside the family of God do a dangerous thing. They put something or someone in that central place in their heart where only Christ should be. They make something else their ultimate treasure, but it is vulnerable."When that thing or that person gets ripped out of their lives, their ..
Power to Overcome, Part 7: Sorrow
Processing A National Tragedy
Response to the Tragedy, 9-15-01, #X0137
Nancy Ortberg & Jarrett Stevens
The Bible says in times of tragedy, that our response to call on God is a good one. Psalm 46 says, "God is our refuge and our strength. He is where we go when we are in trouble, and He will protect us." During times of tragedy ..
Response to a Tragedy
by Nancy Ortberg