Personal Evangelism 1: Am I Expected to Be an Evangelist?

Personal Evangelism Day 1: Am I Expected to Be an Evangelist? “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’” (Mark‬ 16:15‬) ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I want you to do something for a minute. Think through all your responsibilities as a Christian and prioritize which ones are the most important. Now, where is telling others about Jesus on that list? Is it pretty high? Is…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 7: Family Illness

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 7: Family Illness “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV) It’s easy to praise God and completely trust in Him when things are going well, isn’t it? Life is good, the kids are happy, everyone is healthy, and the praises…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 7: Resources to Equip

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 7: Resources to Equip I trust that this study has been from a Biblical perspective. It is certainly a topical study and not expositional. Because of that, there are no explicit verses to point to in order to specifically (in context) address suicide risk in the local church. So, this is an area where we have to use scriptural principles to guide. Several verses come…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 6: Parenthood

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 6: Parenthood “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6, ESV)  My husband and I were married for five years before we had kids. We were young when we got married, and we both had things we wanted to do before we started a family. We also wanted to figure…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 6: Attacking the Problem Individually

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 6: Attacking the Problem Individually When I discussed with Ruth the possibility of writing on such a heavy topic, we quickly realized that many Christians have been touched by this sensitive issue. Perhaps you, the reader, have struggled with the hopeless numbness and depression. Maybe someone you know is in the struggle and you wonder how to help. Consider these words from those who have…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 5: Moving Far From Home

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 5: Moving Far From Home “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, ESV)  My husband and I have always said that we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God brought us together. If it were up to us, this…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 5: Attacking the Problem Broadly

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 5: Attacking the Problem Broadly “Bear one another's burdens.” Galatians 6:2 It is important to begin by clarifying that the local church is not the primary cause of suicidal ideation. There are some who find the local church an easy place to lay the blame and focus all their hurt and frustration. Please exercise caution with anyone who claims to be victimized and abused even…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 4: Marriage

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 4: Marriage “He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.’”…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 4: People in Scripture Who Overcame

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 4: People in Scripture Who Overcame Let’s look at these three individuals who are quoted in Scripture, emphasizing such a difficult experience that there is record of their wishing their lives would end. That is not significantly different from what you read about in the last post about Christians who have struggled with suicide.   Jonah—was dealing with severe disappointment and expectations that were not met.…

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Finding My Way Through New Beginnings 3: Dating

Finding My Way Through New Beginnings Day 3: Dating “And you shall love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30, ESV) I’m sure you’ve read/listened/watched many messages on dating and the helpful guidelines to follow during this time in your life. I was no different. I read the books; I attended the conferences; I…

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