Good News You Can Use: Emotions

“As we grow older, we hurt more, fear more, and experience more. We become sensitive, more vulnerable, more acquainted with the sorrows and griefs of others. But can hurt, fear, and sorrow be joyous? As we learn to perceive more of life and feel needs more keenly, we become more realistic, more reality oriented. It is a fundamental truth that reality, and the accurate perception of it, is therapeutic even if it does hurt. This is because as we perceive more fully, we are also able to experience our joys more fully. And for Christians, there is much more joy than sorrow. This must be what Paul meant when he… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Inheritance

In Psalm 16:6, David says, “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Author Kathy Mills says that this verse had a powerful impact on her life. She writes: “The sun was warm on my back as I stood watering the lawn. As I closed my eyes, the words of Psalm 16 whispered gently to my troubled heart. Where was David, I wondered when he said that? Was everything going well in his life? Or was he able to say this in the midst of chaos and tragedy? That’s where I was that morning. Trials threatened to overwhelm me. My father-in-law recently… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Abuse

This year, 4 million women will be beaten in America. 4000 of them will die. This doesn’t cover the vast number of women emotionally abused. But it does include Christians. A pastor reports encountering a new case on the average of once every other month. He says, “These are middle-class church couples, generally both professing Christians with conservative upbringings.”1 Textbooks describe abuse as an assault on the mind or body, meant to make a person comply; including violent physical abuse, shouting, rationing money, regulating activity, locking her in or out of the home, sexual coercion, or continual demoralization through intimidation and threats. Abusers go through three predictable phases: 1) Tension… Read More

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Good News You Can Use: Jealousy

Emotional problems aren’t just the domain of counseling professionals. The good news is that sometimes the healing of our tormenting feelings comes directly from God. Elizabeth Elliot gives us an example. She says: “A friend of mine wrote to tell me how she’d been helped in a matter of irrational jealousy. Irrational though she knew it to be, her suffering was, nevertheless, very real and incapacitating. She simply could not bear to see her husband across a room talking with another woman. She knew very well that there was nothing wrong in his relationship with this woman or any other woman, and recognized the problem as her own, and her… Read More

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A Voice for The Voiceless (Part 1)

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Today, Bram’s wife Sandi connects with Pamela Kiccundo, of Entebbe Uganda. Pamela is head of a ministry called Hope For Restoration Initiative. This ministry, which applies a Human Rights Based Approach, focuses on the promotion, observance and protection of the rights of children, teenagers and youth in general. They also focus on the plight of girls and boys who were sexually abused and those who are at risk of being abused. http://h4ri.org 

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