Grieving A Suicide

When someone takes his own life; he also takes part of the lives of his family and friends. If you have ever experienced the suicide of a loved one, the book Grieving A Suicide: A Loved One's Search of Comfort, Answers and Hope by Albert Y. Hsu is for you. The forgotten victims of suicide are the surviving family and friends. Hsu is an editor for InterVarsity Press and author of The Suburban Christian and Singles at the Crossroads. He writes eloquently and honestly about his own father's death in 5 chapters: shock, turmoil, lament, relinquishment and remembrance. He observes, “Our remembrance of loved ones is connected with our remembrance of God. To remember those who have died leads us to

Ready for the next step?

What gets planned is what gets done in life. This goes for churches too! Jesus gave us our mission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20) I rejoice to say that we have an established plan to respond to Jesus’ great commission! Where are you in this plan? Are you growing as a disciple? Are you ready to take the next step? How could you encourage others to get in the game? Our core classes are designed to move someone to new levels of understanding, faith, and servant leadership. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? This year something

Hell Never Obeyed Executive Orders

In the toughest neighborhoods of Pontiac and Detroit where the Power Company Kid's Club serves the drugs are still flowing, gangs still rule the streets, violence persists with 2 children dying in the crossfire in the last month and human trafficking continues. Liquor stores and pot shops are doing a booming business and thousands of children are neglected and hungry. Satan never shut down his operations nor did he enter quarantine. I am so honored to serve a church that raised over $7000 to support the ministry of the Power Company last Christmas Eve. Their buses are not running and the children are not gathering on their campuses in Pontiac and Detroit but their team is working hard and sa

Black Lives Matter

Moral absolutes are taught in scripture and are essential to the ethical life. Here’s one we desperately need: Racism is always and everywhere wrong. Racism is sin that can never be justified. What is racism? It is the learned belief in racial superiority. It is expressed as prejudice and discrimination. It is located in both the personal and corporate levels. It’s a global phenomenon—where ever there are human beings there is some degree of racism. Racism is spread insidiously by the use of stereotypes—character assumptions which are generalized to an entire race. It can be institutionalized in law or unjust social structures. The roots of racism are in the Garden of Eden, when Adam exonera

3 lessons on pandemic personal finances

What have you learned about yourself and your household finances in this season? What does God have to say to you about your financial life? A 2019 study by the Federal Reserve revealed that 40% of Americans would not be able to come up with $400 in a financial emergency. The quarantine hit many completely unprepared for the loss of steady paychecks. Why do so many find it so hard to save? Part of the problem is low income—there isn’t room in the budget to accumulate an emergency fund. Yet another slice of the problem is more personal—many don’t know how to start. They want to, but it seems intimidating. Educate yourself. “Buy truth and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understa

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