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How to Become Homeless in Thirty Days or Less

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Raul had become homeless. A number of financial reversals and squashed dreams found him living in the back woods of Virginia Beach, always watching his back and developing a really nasty attitude about life. The anger and sarcasm oozed out of every pore of his body. It hadn’t always been that way. Early on, his aspirations led him to play baseball and he was a pretty good catcher. He played hard at the game and also played hard at life. After a blown out knee, and the end of his dreams of going pro, he found a job in a […]

4 Signs He’s in Trouble

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God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12  The other day someone called in a crisis. After sharing some options and resources, I asked how I might pray for them. “Pray that God would give me patience.”  We most often avoid that prayer as if it were a plague. We do not want to be patient. Our culture goes against it and our very nature fights it. For people who struggle with addictions, that sense of impatience is heightened because we […]

4 Boredom Fighters

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Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,  for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23  Many believers feel that they’ve reached a certain level of growth and that “this is about as good as it gets.” Age does not create this; it is birthed in a moment of crisis when we come to accept life as it is, just as it is and nothing more. How Boring! Why do some Christians appear to be complacent? There is no luster for life, no joy in the journey. Will has attended Recovery […]

4 Ways to Fall off Your Tight Wire

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The little baby who takes his first flailing step does it. The biker who rides cross-country does it. The Wallenda who walks across Niagra falls does it. We start by making a decision. We take a long look at the distance between ourselves and our goal, be it the coffee table, the other side of the country or the end of that 3-inch tight wire on the other side of the expanse. Nick Wllaneda prepared all his life to walk across Niagra Falls in June, 2012. The 1,500 lb. wire was stretched, weather checked and re-checked. Off he went for […]

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