How Generous Should A Good Christian Be?

During my Master's program when we were relatively poor I went to the local supermarket and found some fantastic sales on foods we enjoy - cheese, hamburger, pork shoulder, it was quite a list. So I felt impressed to buy twice as much as usual, and went home.  My wife was delighted.  She had been visiting a mother who was literally starving.  She felt spiritual promptings to help her immediately, but we did not have the food.  And then I walked in, at which point she took half and went to de...
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More Than a Teacher

By Adena and Amy Every day in class, he sat hunched in his desk, eyes down, shoulders turned inward, in his own silent world. He didn’t talk to anyone. Everyone ignored him. His grades started slipping. Then, he wasn’t in class for a few days and I received the email from the counselors: he had tried to commit suicide. Two months later he was back in class. Everyone still ignored him. He still sat hunched in his desk, not talking to anyone. *********************************************...
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Dealing With Depression In Marriage  

With an estimated 17 million Americans suffering from a depressive illness, it is safe to say that mental illness is one of the most painful and persistent trials that a family will face. The American Medical Association considers it the most incapacitating of chronic conditions in relation to social functioning. More than one in ten people will suffer a serious depression at some point in their life; however nearly two-thirds do not get the help they need. Such an illness impacts the hom...
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How Can We Cope with the Death of a Loved One?

By Tyler S. I was born in a religious home. I went to church every Sunday. By age eleven I had heard many times that when we die we can forever be with people we knew on earth. As great as that was from a theological standpoint, going to church included something better than what I was taught in the classroom. It was who was in the classroom. Almost all my friends went to church with me, including my best friend Daniel. Our families were all very close. We spent a great deal of time at eac...
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God, Where Are You?

By Russell D. There comes a point in every person's life when we ask ourselves, “Is there a God? Does he know me, and will He be there for me? My answers are “Yes, there is a God, He knows me by name; and He is there for me”. Our first son came into our lives after nine years of waiting. We were told that it was medically impossible for us to have children. One day a thought came into my mind that my wife was pregnant, but I did not ask her, I just wrote this thought down in my daily diary...
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