November 2015 Final Issue
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Restoration

Why Remembering Is So Important

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me” (Psalm 103:2, NLT). I ran my hands gently across the surface of the dining room table. I’d been so protective of ...

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How To Beat Discouragement

Have you ever wondered why you get so upset when things don’t go as you’ve painstakingly planned? You may be thinking, “That’s a stupid question; it’s normal to be upset when things don’t turn out like we want them to. ...

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Race And The Church

“Now is the time to lift our nations from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” Martin Luther King Quicksand: that’s what writing about race and the church feels like. Where is the rock on which ...

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Weakness Redefined

Growing up in my family, weakness was unacceptable. In my father’s eyes, weakness equaled failure and failure was not an option for him or his children. The world further amplified this belief with sayings like: Only the strong survive. It ...

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The Chaos of Cancer

When I was just 37 years old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember thinking: This can’t be happening! I don’t have time to have cancer. I am perfectly healthy with no risk factors for cancer and absolutely no ...

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Behind The Velvet Curtain

I was raised in the Catholic Church. In the Catholic tradition, I made my first confession when I was in first grade. I spent hours rehearsing for this momentous occasion. Even at the age of six, I knew it was ...

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The World Needs Your Story

“You probably don’t remember me…” her letter began. Over the pages that followed she poured out her story of heartache and redemption and how a brief afternoon encounter spoke into the depths of her heart, penetrating areas she had closed ...

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The Last Word

We have a plethora of systems in this world. Like well-oiled machines these systems not only do what they were created to do, but more…much more. Many of the systems of this world found their origins in the fulfilling or ...

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