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6 STAGES OF GRIEF: RICK AND KAY WARREN

Rick and Kay Warren were devastated when their 27-year old son Matthew committed suicide in April 2013. Their grief was unimaginable. Matthew had suffered from depression all of his life. In September 2013 the Warrens gave their first public interview with CNN. Piers Morgan called it “one of the most moving interviews I conducted in my life.” (more…)
Bob Jones
March 1, 2020
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PASTORS BURNING OUT SHOULDERING BURDENS

Pastors are an endangered species in North America. The women and men who accepted a call to shepherd congregations through their valleys of the shadow of death have broad shoulders. But even the best are falling prey to deadly burdens. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 3, 2019
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KATE SPADE’S DEATH STUNS THE WORLD

Bright. Vibrant. Colorful. And, most essentially, fun. The same words used so often to describe the enormously popular handbags designed by Kate Spade were an apt description of the woman herself. And that only contributed to the sense of shock and loss upon hearing the news that Spade had taken her own life at 55. Shocked. Stunned. Saddened. Women around the world - from Chelsea Clinton and Ivanka Trump, to women in Europe shopping for a Kate Spade product -  were stunned to hear that Kate was gone. Fern Mallis, former director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), noted that the devastating news of Spade's death came just the morning after virtually the entire New York fashion industry…
Bob Jones
June 6, 2018
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FIRST RESPONDERS: THE HIDDEN SCARS

As an Emergency Medical Technician, Nadeen LaBoucane belongs to an elite cadre known as "first responders." She's proud of the role she fills. While saving lives is all in a day's work for her, years of accumulated stress nearly came at the expense of her own life. Spiritual IV I met Nadeen at North Pointe in 2015 when she came looking for what we would later call "spiritual IV."  Nadeen shared how she'd served in the emergency medical field for twenty one years as an EMT and most recently as a dispatcher. “I loved being out there helping people. I have to admit, I was a little bit of an adrenaline junkie as well.” But when she suffered a serious…
Bob Jones
June 26, 2016
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HOW TO GET THROUGH ANYTHING

Saying, “You’ll get through this,” can sound like a trite way of placating people who are suffering. Over the thirty-eight years of being a pastor I have witnessed innumerable people go through hell on earth. How did they get through things that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy? They had one thing in common: hope. What Hope Is Hope is not wishful thinking. Hope is a confident expectation of future good. Where does this kind of confidence come from? Trust. Trusting a God who understands and enters into your suffering. Where we see a perfect mess, God sees a perfect chance to send us a message about Himself. The Active Agent In Suffering The God of the Bible is…
Bob Jones
February 25, 2015