Treasures in the Lost and Found

Have you lost something you loved and couldn’t replace? Favorite things are too precious to easily let go. That’s how God feels about you.

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Past Scars: Stepping Stones to Purpose

We can find purpose if we realize our past struggles allow us to help others who are struggling. No shame and no fear of our past in Christ!

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What is Saving Faith?

We want to believe there’s a purpose in life and we hope there’s a heaven. But we’re skeptical about religion. How can we know what’s true?

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The Lies of Childhood

The lies of childhood become the mountains and wounds of adulthood. Many of us still believe them. They prevent us from moving forward, but we can move them.

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Treasures in the Lost and Found

Have you ever lost something you really liked and couldn’t replace? Favorite things are too precious to easily let go.

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Past Scars: Stepping Stones to Purpose

Instead of being afraid or ashamed of our past, we find purpose as we realize our past struggles allow us to help others who are struggling in similar ways.

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In Her Own Words… Angela B

My mom was an alcoholic and I was taken away from her. My uncle and adopted mom abused me. I felt trapped and was told I was stupid. Now my life has changed.

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The Lies of Childhood

The lies of childhood become the mountains and wounds of adulthood. Many of us still believe them. They prevent us from moving forward, but we can move them.

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In Her Own Words… Javonne

I should have been looking forward to exciting opportunities after college. Instead, I was facing divorce and the judgment of a family who couldn’t accept it.

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Giving and Forgiving

What is better––to give or to forgive? We’re taught at a young age to give to others. We’re taught how to say we’re sorry. But we’re not taught how to forgive.

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A Room Full of Secrets

Next time you’re in a crowded room, take a look around. It’s a room full of secrets. We all have them. Many of us are still afraid of them. What should we do?

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Who is Looking for You?

Our bad decisions may have consequences for the rest of our life. But we can be forgiven. We don’t have to live an isolated and lost life without God.

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Who Needs A Good Doctor?

Do you have a good doctor you would recommend? The days of a physician that delivers babies and then cares for the entire family through adulthood are over. Now we have specialists for every phase of life, every disease, and

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In Her Own Words… Jill

My name is Jill and this is my story… I sat outside in the grass, leaning against the side of the house. I sobbed. “What has happened?” I wondered. Rob and I had been married 5 years. We had a

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In Her Own Words… Angela

My name is Angela and this is my story…. Ever notice how sometimes God gives us a warning of what’s coming so that it’s not quite such a shock? This has happened to me more times than I can count,

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The Pain of Goodbye

Have you ever had to say “goodbye” to someone you love? One of the hardest things in life is letting go of someone we truly care about. Whether they die, move away or move on, we’re left with an overwhelming

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The Truth About Strengths & Weaknesses

What’s your greatest strength? How about your greatest weakness? For some of us, we have answers ready to go. We know what we’re good at and can talk about these strengths at length. We also know areas that need improvement,

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Life Is What Happens When…

What are you holding out for in life? Is there something you think will make life better? Something you think of and say, “Life will be better when…” When I get a new job. When I find a guy who

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In Her Own Words… Stacey

My name is Stacey and this is my story… Life was good. Loving husband. Two healthy, beautiful daughters–one was almost 4 years old, the other 1 ½. Caring, involved grandparents for my children. Thankfully, my husband’s job allowed me to

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The Missing Puzzle Piece

What’s the hardest jigsaw puzzle you’ve ever done? Most people have worked on at least one puzzle in their life, even if it was a small puzzle with a few huge pieces of Winnie the Pooh or numbers 1-9 when

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In Her Own Words… Madelyn

My name is Madelyn and this is my story… I grew up in the country with fields and farm lands surrounding our little neighborhood. The only commerce in our community was a gas station, a grain elevator and a small

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Satisfaction Guaranteed–No More Diets

Have you ever tried one of those diets where you can only eat one kind of food for a specific period of time? Like all protein, all fruits with a core, or all Twinkies (yes, that is an actual diet).

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Daddy’s Little Girl

Do you know anyone who’s a Daddy’s Girl? It’s not that their dad is playing favorites. There’s just a special bond that forms between some fathers and their daughters that nothing can rival. I was a Daddy’s Girl. Oh how

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Pain of the Precious Pearl

When was the last time you got a splinter in your finger? Do you remember how much it hurt? A splinter isn’t a life threatening malady, but it can be very irritating. Even though a splinter is tiny, the nagging

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What’s Wrong With Me?

How many times have you felt that sickening pit in your stomach as someone you cared about walked away? Maybe they were ending a “discussion” you hadn’t finished. Maybe they were taking a break as you tried to draw closer.

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Navigating the Minefields of Life

Have you ever been in the middle of a minefield? If you’re alive and reading this, I’m guessing the answer is “No”. We don’t worry about minefields in the U.S. Most of us have never seen an actual landmine or

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Rebel, The Black Sheep

What do people think of you? That’s a hard question to answer. Different people know us in different ways. Some know us from the past, and continue to view us in light of what we used to do or how

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Into Darkness Shines the Light of Hope

Do you know anyone who’s been in the dark pits of life? Maybe it was you. Maybe the pit was more like an abyss where the silence of isolation was deafening and the terror was real. Some of us have

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Living in the Middle–Addiction Shadows

Have you ever known someone struggling with addiction? My experience is that they often laugh it off or minimize its affect on them. Even our society doesn’t seem to think some addictions are all that serious. Workaholic? At least they’re

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Giving and Forgiving

What is better––to give or to forgive? I started thinking about this yesterday, and I don’t see an easy answer. Initially, I thought my answer would be “to give”. There are a lot of sayings about how good it is

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A Room Full of Secrets

Have you ever walked into a room full of people knowing you didn’t want to be there? Maybe it was a work conference and you longed to be back home with your family. Maybe people were talking about things you

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Who is Looking For You?

Have you ever been completely lost? I don’t mean just lost as in you don’t have the right driving directions to get to a new restaurant. I mean really lost––as in you’re alone in a foreign or isolated place and

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Hope for Tomorrow

Have you ever had one of those days where nothing goes right? You turn off the alarm instead of hitting snooze and fall back asleep. Jolting awake an hour later, you grab clothes with blazing speed–not enough time to wash

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Daddy’s Little Girl

Do you know anyone who’s a Daddy’s Girl? It’s not that their dad is playing favorites. There’s just a special bond that forms between some fathers and their daughters that nothing can rival. I was a Daddy’s Girl. Oh how

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Who Needs A Good Doctor?

Do you have a good doctor you would recommend? The days of a physician that delivers babies and then cares for the entire family through adulthood are over. Now we have specialists for every phase of life, every disease, and

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