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A True and Amazing Story

The Devil in Pew Number Seven Author:  Rebecca Nichols Alonzo Release:  August 2010; 2012 Pages:  289 Publisher: Tyndale

What happened in the Spring of 1978 that would irrevocably change lives?   How was a community so radically changed by these events?  Where was God when all this was happening and why didn’t it stop?  Would those closest to the event follow God with all their heart despite the depth of pain then and still living with now? “Devil in Pew Number Seven” is a book for people everywhere to read.  Why?  Well, because the world needs to know that in spite of what occurs today, God gives us such a beautiful tomorrow.  It is a testimony of lives altered forever, including those yet born, who must know the truth of what happened and not let the Story end there.  It is testimony of the power of God, God-fearing parents, forgiveness, sacrifice and living with pain.  There is no one else so capable of leading people through the “valley of the shadow of death” than God alone. While the…

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Who Cares for the Givers of Care?

It has been on my heart and mind for a long time, having experienced and still experiencing, the changing ways we can meet the constant need of care givers.  I am sure that there are many support groups that meet in person as well as on the internet, I have no real experience to draw from.  However, the question looms in my mind, "Where is the Church?"

Perhaps many local places of worship have groups meeting there who try and support each other as they provide care for someone they love.  The heart breaking realization I have had is that the Church is so busy trying to do a lot of things, expecting people to come to them, or perhaps even promoting in some way that training is needed or desired before people engage in caring for others.  In the course of this, I have also seen where there are many people who give words or maybe write checks when the commodity that is most desired by caregivers is being cared for.  Time is the biggest gift in my experience that is most apprecia…

Who is Jonathan Edwards anyway?

The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
By: Dr. Steven Lawson
From:Reformation Trust Product Pages:168 Publish Date:December 1st, 2008
Rating: 4.5 stars

Who is Jonathan Edwards? Ever hear of his name or read anything he wrote?There is much written about this man from the past.We can learn the basic facts such as where was he born, siblings, pastorates, marital status, etc…How about going further into the life of Jonathan Edwards to the man, to know the heart of this man of God?What if you were told he wrote something called “Resolutions,”and there were seventy of them!We think we are doing good to make one and really stick to it, but seventy! You may think he was striving to be a perfectionist; however, nothing is further from the truth than to accuse Mr. Edwards of straining to be a perfect Christian.
Jonathan Edwards lived a short life compared to how long mankind on average lives today.He wrote many things while he lived, and as Christ followers we should be grateful for this faithfu…

Rejoice that You Rock!

1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times
By: Sue Edwards

Complete Lesson 3 (pages 28-35)
Rejoice That You Rock: 1 Peter 2:4-10

Tell us about your ministry. What have you been called to do? 
Different from past seasons in my life, the ministry the Lord has entrusted me to do is from home.I have had my mother-in-law living with us since June of last year.She is 88 years old and has Alzheimer’s. Since she can’t live alone and care for herself, we rearranged our house to accommodate caring for her.At first, I felt more restricted and in some ways I am with the 24-hour care responsibilities.Recently though the Lord has opened my eyes to see that He has brought people to me.We have 3 companions and 1bath aide that come weekly, and for the next 3-4 weeks we have Occupational and Physical Therapists coming in twice a week.We have been in a care-taking season for almost a decade now so we know the therapists and companions well.
I have learned that caretakers, companions, therapists, whoeve…

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