Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 3

Within 24 hours, they agreed that Jake needed to go to rehab. Tuesday, the Harrisons were on a plane to Florida to a facility that would take Jake. The plane ride was terrible. The two-hour drive to the center was terrible. They got lost. They fought. But by Wednesday, Jake was in rehab, awakening to the truth of God’s love—that through Christ, Jake and Rebecca had the rest they so desperately needed.October 20, 2010 was the first day Jake went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and the fir … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 2

Even with a new bride, a vow to drink more responsibly, and a job he liked, Jake’s depression deepened. He was drinking a bottle of Jameson whiskey a day. He planned his suicide on multiple occasions. He used cocaine regularly. He had an ongoing affair. They were the darkest years of his life. He believed in God, but he ran to the comforts and escapes of this world to ease his pain. “I wanted relief. All I wanted was some kind of relief,” he recalls.Rebecca saw her husband’s burdens and desp … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 136: Controlling Outcomes

[display_podcast]I created pictures of my situations in life in my mind that were not reality and I lived that way off and on until only just recently.  I thought I had a handle on it, but still found residue of this ability I had so carefully constructed in so many areas.The mind is a powerful thing, and is the source of all our battles with the enemy.How many of you know that God heals us and corrects us in layers? Like pealing an onion…one layer at a time.  We can’t handle it … [Read more...]

School Circle 4: God’s Timing in Terrible Situations

[display_podcast] Warning: Some of the topics discussed may contain accounts of real life violence, strong language, and other topics not suitable for minors. This podcast has remained unedited out of respect of those individuals who feel led by the Lord to share their testimonies. We begin today's show with Vince sharing an important story about a new direction his life is taking:I got married back in 2011. My wife’s dream has always been to be a mother. Around the time I got married, I wa … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 125: I Would Drown In My Own Delusions

[display_podcast]I know Someone who is wonderful.  Without Him walking besides me I would drown in my own delusions.Life is hard folks.  But we have hope!!If you are feeling lost or alone right now, allow me to take your hand and whisper a sweet, “I know”.  The struggles.The unbelief.The fear.I can relate to the fear that weighs you down at the whisperings of your enemy that it might always be this way.You want to know what I want?I want to sit there in my lac … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 124: Let it Go-True Surrender, Part 2

[display_podcast]“All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.”Really?Do you sing that song and truthfully think of its meaning and embrace all that it suggests?What are you surrendering?A few years ago through a season when God was teaching me to “let go” of those things I could not control; for some odd reason I felt that my obsessing would somehow change the circumstance in another person’s life or even my own.  After much agony and defeat, I finally began to get it … [Read more...]