Parenting

She Asked, “Why Am I Sad Every.Day.of.My.Life?

As clear as today, I remember a young teenage girl that I coached many years ago. She was struggling with family issues: her father was a drunk, her mother stressed and depressed, eating disorders plagued her, all resulting in a severe case of depression. As if these weren’t difficult enough, her biggest challenge was ‘why’ God would not heal her from her constant sadness. She had a hard time understanding why she had to be

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Closer to Jesus Missions

He Asked Us, “How Do I Overcome Loneliness?”

After a full day of hearing about marriage and family relationships, what appeared (on the outside, one who seemed to have all things in order) was a man who asked, “How do I overcome loneliness?” This question was not what I expected. I thought for sure this man would have asked something more complicated like, “Explain the Trinity or from where did the Nephilim come?” But these questions were not what this man asked; what he

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Closer to Jesus

I Love Your Face!

On our mission trip to the Middle East, we met with the leadership teams of five churches. The Pastor of the second leadership team asked us to share a few encouraging words with his leaders. A few of us spoke (I included, because, Marcie can’t be quiet!). In closing, we worshipped. I turned to the row of women behind us and smiled. They each hugged me. One by one, they said, “I love you!” I

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Parenting

The Biggest Influence that Grows Your Child’s Faith in God

A Pastor told me recently that his focus for his church is getting the people to read their Bibles. They started a campaign over the past two years that took the church through five sections of the Bible – from preaching, to small groups, to individual readings, the church went through the Gospels, Acts and Paul’s Epistles, the Prophets, the Pentateuch, History and the Writings in the Old Testament. He shared with me that having

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Closer to Jesus Missions

They Wanted More

One of the most refreshing parts of speaking to the Iranian Refugees on our mission trip was noting their long attention span. I believe, they could listen to us teach them about God forever! Our team can’t take credit for this. It was not because we were a dynamic speaking team, even though God did a great work in and through us. They did not listen well because they were void of responsibilities, worries, challenges,

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