I had the opportunity this summer to serve as a counselor for the first time at Camp Woodmen, part of the United Church of God's United Youth Camps program. As a counselor, I found myself constantly focused on others and giving of myself without hesitation and without limits. If someone needed encouragement, I stepped in and encouraged; if they needed advice, I gave advice; if they had a question, I was glad to give them the answer that God has led me to over the course of my Christian walk.
I recently watched a TV show featuring people who were involved in reaching out to help others. It was through their own pain that they decided that reaching out to others would aid in their own healing process from pain, grief and loss. There was one lady whose story really touched my heart. She told of the story of her teen’s last words to her and his dad before he took his own life, which were, “You think I am a loser.” Then he shot and killed himself right in front of them.
Domestic violence is once again in the headline news. The NFL is under attack for how they handled one of their players in regards to his beating of his then-fiancée in an elevator. We have all probably seen the news clip of the fight in the elevator. Ray Rice, player for the Baltimore Ravens, delivered a vicious punch to his fiancée’s face, knocking her out cold. While this made the news because it was in front of a camera, far more goes on with domestic violence that people don’t see.
“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” – Alex Hamilton, journalist
This quote has been increasingly used by media and marketing pundits encouraging businesses to take a position on some social topic. For every customer gained by taking a stance on a controversial topic however, another customer can be lost. Being opinionated has its ups and downs.
LIVE Webcast: Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 PM Eastern Join Beyond Today hosts Steve Myers and Darris McNeely as they discuss God's plan for you! This is a follow-up Bible study to the "Why Were You Born?" seminar.
Are we striving to be a perfect Christian? How can we become perfect? How can we become mature as we're told to become? Let's look at a couple of points in the Bible where it talks about us maturing and becoming perfect.
Hey I'm 17 years of age and and I just got a tattoo two days ago. I'm very guilty of it because I knew it was against god,it wasn't my intention to get one but I did, and its bothering me I'm considering getting it removed I'm not comfortable with myself.I keep thinking that god wouldn't forgive me and I'll go to hell :(...
My precious husband passed away over 2 years ago. We were extremely close, and I still miss him constantly.
On the day of his funeral, I came home and realized how totally alone I was. I said to God: "It's just You and me now. Please lead the way." (my surrender)
Being devastated with grief, I...
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