Grief

Blessings from God in the Face of Coronavirus

Blessings from God in the Face of Coronavirus

Roger Bailey is sharing today from his heart as the world faces this coronavirus pandemic. Next week we will resume our series of preview lessons from the family devotional Why Do Bad Things Happen? (No affiliate links are used below.) These are weird times with the coronavirus pandemic affecting all our...

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Kids & Grief

Kids & Grief

This has been a season of loss in my small-town community. In the last 3 or 4 weeks, there has been two teen suicides, one gun threat at the high school, another suicide of a 41-year-old with children, accidental death of an 8-year-old, and the death of my 93-year-old neighbor...

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How do you worship God in the storms of life?

How do you worship God in the storms of life?

I had some shocking news this week. I won’t go into the details, but I am having a hard time believing that it is real. For one thing, I don’t understand the why behind it. This isn’t the first time I’ve faced a great shock in life and I’m sure...

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"The church is full of hypocrites!"

"The church is full of hypocrites!"

"The church is full of hypocrites!" How would you answer someone (or yourself) in the face of this objection? The same objection may be voiced a number of ways. "I like Jesus, just not the church. It's full of hypocrites." "I can be a Christian and live for Christ without...

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The Danger of Good Friday Suspense

The Danger of Good Friday Suspense

 Gayle Young, retired children's minister The true story of one traumatized little girl led me to reevaluate the way I teach and celebrate the events of Easter. Next week is Holy Week where churches around the world will be remembering Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus'...

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Do thoughts and prayers work?

When tragedy strikes, we want to show love to those affected. Do "thoughts and prayers" help? If you haven’t heard, this past Wednesday afternoon a student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Learn more here about what happened.) This terrible tragedy has left many people...

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Faith In Hard Times, Part 2

Listening to Dr. Charles Stanley’s daily devotionals this past spring, has reminded me of my late daughter’s powerful testimony during her last few months of life here on earth. Last week we looked at how to have peace in hard times. The second series of devotionals made me think about...

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Faith In Hard Times, part 1

Listening to Dr. Charles Stanley’s daily devotionals this past spring has reminded me of my late daughter’s powerful testimony during her last few months of life here on earth. Yes, God can use even hard experiences to strengthen our faith and our walk with our Lord. Dr. Stanley’s In Touch...

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Faith in the Face of Harvey

Faith in the Face of Harvey

 Hurricane Harvey 2017 (AP photo) Why do bad things happen? How should we pray in the face of tragedy? If you haven't heard, Hurricane Harvey has been wrecking destruction on the Gulf Coast. My sister and her family live in Houston. I got word Sunday that my sister (a flight...

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Are We Prepared?

What would you do if someone verbally attacked you for your faith in Christ? How should we respond or should we even be concerned about such possibilities? Let’s explore the Bible together for direction/answers to these questions. "Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love...

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