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    Experiencing the grace of God and overcoming a powerful addiction–Phil and Kathy’s Story

    Perhaps you need a second chance today. Phil had a good life, but when an injury forced him into early retirement from police work, he found himself going down a path he never expected. See how God brought Phil through the dark days of addiction and homelessness, and how He can give you the second chance you may need.

    When it seems there’s nowhere left to turn, turn to God–Jeff’s Story

    As a teen, Jeff desperately wanted to fit in and found that drugs were an easy way to be accepted by his peers. As the years passed, Jeff repeatedly tried to escape his addiction on his own but found it was impossible outside of God’s intervention.

    The Cleansing Power of Christ – Rob’s Story

    When Rob needed an “escape” he turned to drugs, but they left him feeling empty and unclean. Find out how Rob discovered the cleansing power of Christ. It’s available to all, regardless of the poor choices we’ve made. Find out more of what the Bible says about “Elijah – An Ordinary Man In Extraordinary Times.”

    The implications of placing anything above our love for the Lord

    If you were to make a list of the things you love most, what items would be at the top of the list? We’re talking about what we treasure.

    Leaving a lasting impression–James’ Story

    While most children reflect the patterns they see in their parents, Jim was determined to live differently. His resolve failed him as he got older. Discover how Jim found hope and the strength to change when he learned to rely on Jesus. An encouraging reminder of the transforming power of grace.

    Do you want to get well?

    Early in his ministry, Jesus ran across a man who had been handicapped for thirty-eight years. After spotting him lying near a pool in Jerusalem, Jesus approached him and asked, ”Would you like to get well?”

    When We Just Can’t Stop: Overcoming Addiction

    Battling to conquer addiction is one of the most difficult challenges in life. However, you will find help and encouragement in the pages of this booklet as co-authors Tim Jackson and Jeff Olson examine the destructive cycle and what it takes to stop it. Discover how you can be satisfied and complete in God, as you surrender to Him the broken pieces of your life—only He can put them back together again.

    Think forgiveness is impossible? You may want to think again–John’s Story

    God’s grace and forgiveness covers all our sin and shame. John found out no matter what you’ve done, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made, God has a plan for your life.
    Find out more of what the Bible says about “when we just can’t stop.”

    A heavenly Father for the fatherless–Michael & Rachel's Story

    No matter what mistakes or poor choices you’ve made, you’ll never be out of God’s reach! Find encouragement as you discover how God changed Michael’s life forever in this powerful story of redemption.

    He Loves Me: A Woman's Journey to Peace

    Discover how you can find peace, even in the most tragic times of life. In He Loves Me, Bible teacher Cindy Bultema shares her personal testimony of God’s power that healed and restored her from a life consumed by addiction, low-self esteem, and loss. Gain a better understanding of God’s love and faithfulness from her experiences. Find hope and encouragement to help you on your own journey to peace.

    Finding a spark of Light in her darkest hour–Sharry’s Story

    A violent, abusive marriage and unrelenting drug addiction left Sharry homeless and estranged from her family. Discover how God brought healing to Sharry and her entire family through the support of a church and local mission.

    Is it truly possible to heal from the scars of abuse?–Kay’s Story

    When someone has wounded you deeply, it may not be easy to extend forgiveness and allow healing to begin. Kay shares her story of reconciliation with a childhood abuser, and how we can find the strength to forgive from the power of God’s Word.

    Finding true freedom in Christ–Kathy’s Story

    Kathy grew up in Hungary, a country brutalized under Communist rule. After fleeing to the United States in 1956, she found freedom from oppression. But it wasn’t long before Kathy fell victim to another form of captivity—addiction. It would be Kathy’s renewed relationship with God, however, that provided her with true freedom.

    Squirrels

    Recently I was captivated by a story of a mother squirrel trying to help her baby squirrel scale a cement wall on the campus of UCLA. Over and over the mother squirrel patiently showed how it was done, but the little rodent couldn’t quite make the leap. The wall was simply too big.

    A few college students, who caught the entire incident on video and uploaded it . . .

    Role Models

    During a summer of international sports scandals involving gambling and substance abuse, two athletes were applauded for their character as much as their professional accomplishments. A record crowd of 75,000 cheered Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn during their 2007 induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “Whether we like it or not,” Ripken said, “as big leaguers, we are role models. The only question is, will it be positive or will it be negative?”


    September 2019: Christian Living

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