Category Archives: sickness

When Brutality Smashes Into Grace

“Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds, with ceaseless aching in their bones.”  Job 33:19, NLT “Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.  Your greatest ministry will most likely come out of your greatest hurt.”  Rick … Continue reading

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God’s Strange University, [Your Training]

  “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.” John 13:13 No book, nor tutor will give us the education we need.  We must patiently go through seasons of difficulty and temptation before we … Continue reading

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“The Church Collects Sinners,” [God’s Hospital]

This following excerpt is from the devotional book, “Living the Message,” by Eugene H. Peterson.  This pastor-professor is probably the person I want to grow up to be like; he has a gentleness and eloquence that is seldom seen–and highly … Continue reading

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From a Mental Hospital Ward, [Crushed]

3 “For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead.” Psalm 143:3 Some time ago,  I was hospitalized for my mental illness. (Actually seven times.) And … Continue reading

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Wounded and Healed, [Self Awareness]

I have a dear friend, Pastor Jim F. I have known him for over 20 years.  He has a real gift for understanding relationships. It is a knack that he has. Recently he made this observation, it is worth considering. “The unhealed … Continue reading

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The Stigma of Mental Illness, (we found dog poop in the living room!)

Robin Williams’ recent suicide has risen the awareness of many people. Over 70% who commit suicide are mentally ill. One out of five Americans will experience a mental disorder during their lifetime.  But, people can get better.  With proper treatment, … Continue reading

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Without a Wound? [True Ministry]

The subject of “the pool at Bethesda” alludes to the following excerpt from the Thorton Wilder play, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters”.The play is based on the biblical verses of John 5:1-4, but it changes the end of the … Continue reading

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