Food for Thought

Anger

Anger

Posted Mar 26th, 2019 in Rhonda Wiersma, Anger

We all have it, to one degree or another. For some of us anger comes quickly and burns hot, while others of us conceal our anger in a pressure cooker. Anger is an often-misunderstood emotion. We read in James 1 that we ought to be “slow to anger…because the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God” (19-20). Frequently an attitude like this leaves us more willing to sweep our anger under the rug

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Joined Together

Joined Together

Posted Dec 10th, 2018 in Relationships, Glen Slingerland

​Your ‘personal’ relationship with Jesus is more corporate than personal. Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, “In [Jesus] the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Eph. 2:21-22).

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God is Faithful to the Unfaithful

God is Faithful to the Unfaithful

Posted Oct 24th, 2018 in Identity, Lynn Murray, God

​After reading Deuteronomy 31, I was impacted by how faithful God is. Moses relates to the Israelites what the Lord has told him. Moses told them how he was not going any further and that the Lord had appointed Joshua to take them from here. He describes how the Lord will go before them, destroy the nations and give them possession of the land. He tells them not to be afraid because God will never leave them or forsake them.

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God in the Dark

God in the Dark

Posted Sep 5th, 2018 in Rhonda Wiersma, Salvation, God

​Most of us are familiar with the experience of doubting God. Sometimes this doubt is simply a temporary passing of questions when difficult circumstances arise; at other times doubt takes hold of our hearts for reasons known or not known, but yet we cannot shake that awful feeling of doubting God.

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What God Does With Destruction

What God Does With Destruction

Posted Aug 14th, 2018 in Scott Knoechel, Suffering, God

​I love history, especially military history. I have studied World War II since I was nine. The problem with studying the history of war is that I can never fully understand the destruction and devastation that war brings. I see the images of Russia, Europe, and Britain that depict the ruins. I can see the devastation in the buildings, look at the statistics, but never fully comprehend the horror and brutality that was experienced by the survivors and victims of World War II

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A Cup of Cold Water...or Fries?: A Response to Bullying

A Cup of Cold Water...or Fries?: A Response to Bullying

Posted Jun 28th, 2018 in Relationships, Scott Knoechel

Being a parent is difficult. I was confronted with that fact once again when my daughter expressed that she did not want to go to school. This was something new for her. She enjoys school and relishes the social interaction that school provides. Upon further investigation, she expressed that people were making fun of her. She was being bullied.

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Gossip in the Counselling Room

Gossip in the Counselling Room

Posted May 30th, 2018 in Relationships, Rhonda Wiersma, Helping Others

​I was asked recently, “If I share sensitive or damaging information about people that are in my life, or in my past, am I guilty of gossiping?” What a great question! At first, I wasn’t sure how to answer than respond with “I don’t think so…but let me look into that.” In a quest to answer this question, I have decided to share what I have learned in the process of learning about gossip.

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Trusting God in Adversity

Trusting God in Adversity

Posted Apr 10th, 2018 in Lynn Murray, Suffering, God

I recently joined the women’s Bible study at my church. We are studying Trusting God by Jerry Bridges. It was not very far into the study when he challenged us with a question: “Is it easier to trust God or obey Him?”

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What To Do When...You’re in it for the Long Haul

What To Do When...You’re in it for the Long Haul

Posted Mar 1st, 2018 in Relationships, Rhonda Wiersma, Helping Others

In our last post on “What to Do When…”* I will be talking about hanging in there for the long haul. This is where the tough get going when helping gets hard. And it is hard to hang in there for the long haul when the problems feel that they never stop growing or stay stuck. How do you keep going, especially when you as a helper feel discouraged or feel lost for direction?

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What to do When...Your Friend is Facing Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain

What to do When...Your Friend is Facing Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain

Posted Feb 8th, 2018 in Rhonda Wiersma, Helping Others

In this second blog post in our series I will be addressing how to help your friend who is experiencing the debilitating and life changing effects of chronic illness or pain. I wish to express that if you are reading this and involved in someone’s life that is experiencing long term pain and illnesses, you are in a privileged place. I know that it might not always feel like it, but you are.

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