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Quick Reads and Practical Helps: ‘Experiencing Divorce’ by H. Norman Wright

In a perfect world, everyone going through the painful, trauma-filled experience of divorce would set aside time to attend a local DivorceCare support group. But, of course, the world we live in is far from perfect, and many people who could benefit from the excellent information offered as part of those weekly meetings may not

‘GriefShare’ Begins Aug. 30th at The Crossing

Loss is a universal experience, yet one that often causes a great deal of pain and confusion. Broken relationships, dreams unrealized, hopes dashed…all of these life events produce a loss that, if not dealt with fully and grieved appropriately, can be devastating for an individual’s┬árecovery. One of the deepest losses we experience this side of

A Love That Intentionally Wounds

Yesterday, Crossing pastor Keith Simon gave a powerful sermon – “God is Not Enough” – on the value and necessity of community to the Christian’s walk of faith, a strong antidote to the common (but mistaken) belief many believers hold onto, namely “Just me and Jesus…and I’m good!” I can’t begin to add to all

The Blessing of Limited Power: Freedom from Crushing Burdens

Right in the middle of an outdoor feast, at a time likely chosen to garner the greatest amount of attention, Jesus said something extraordinary. If you’re at all familiar with your Bible, you probably already know that Jesus said many extraordinary things, but I want to call your attention to one that, on the surface,

Dismantling Depression: Naming Our (Shared) Delusion

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” – yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then

Depression: Joining Battle with Pernicious Lies and Accusations

Along with what seems to be an ever-increasing number of people, I’ve spent (literally) decades battling depression. When I finally accepted Jesus as my Savior nearly 20 years ago, He graciously relieved me of the twin compulsions of 1) drinking vast amounts of alcohol and, 2) introducing any number of illegal drugs into my blood

Hacking the Hexateuch* to Finish Well

‘Crossing the Jordan’ to the Promised…Office Space Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs 29:18a (KJV) These past several weeks, I’ve been doing some reading and reflecting on why it is that God’s faithful people – particularly His more “visible” disciples – can be faithful for decades and then go seriously astray later