Dealing Positively with a Chronic Illness

Name Withheld A year after the untimely death of my wife, I almost died of a broken heart. My health was wrecked and a massive heart attack left me in a chemically induced coma for a month and I was resuscitated 41 times - a hospital record. During one of these episodes I had a near death experience: I found myself in a relatively small town, where I was a shopkeeper of a general store. The people in the town seemed to know me and like me. It seemed as though I had lived in this town for d...
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Can I Overcome My Social Fears?

By Haley G I have spent most of my life as “the quiet one.” I probably said about 100 total words in school before the sixth grade. Talking to people terrified me. People would ask me questions and I would inaudibly mumble a response, hoping they might not hear me and also maybe forget I existed. I had things to say; I just couldn't seem to make myself express them. I thought that almost every person disliked me, all awkwardness was my fault, and people generally avoided me because of how bor...
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What does Dying Feel Like?

By Peter S. Two years ago, I died all alone at age 23 in the Middle East. I had rickettsia or encephalomeningitis that turned hemorrhagic; I suffered in this instance more than normal because rickettsia is a serious rare class of illness sometimes used as a biological weapon. I suffered terribly. Due to my situation, I had lost my memory and the ability to communicate because the sickness infected my brain. I came to a p  oint where I was blind and could not feel my body. I soon realized w...
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Is Everything or Nothing a Miracle?

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I live my life believing the latter.  These miracles don’t just happen to prophets, the wealthy, or the powerful, they happen to good people that are trying to do what is right. My grandfather Joseph Strobel saw many miracles in his life. During the First World War he fought in the Austrian Army.  He was captured and imprisoned in Italy...
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God Is a God of Miracles

By Jeanne G. And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles?  And there were many mighty miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.  And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being?  And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God, and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.   When many of us think of miracles, we think of Moses in the Old Testament who broug...
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Passion Week: The Resurrection

This morning we recreated for our kids one of my favorite Easter traditions from growing up. Instead of waking up to a basket filled with eggs and candy left by the Easter Bunny, our kids re-enacted the scene at the Garden Tomb on that first Easter Sunday, complete with an angel in a polka-dot dress and an igloo-shaped dome tent filling in for the Tomb.  (Don't worry--our kids aren't TOO deprived--we just bumped the Easter Bunny festivities up one day, so they got their fill of peeps and chocola...
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