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The Grip of Death

By Steven Clark Goad   “If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come” (Job 14:14).   Georgia Eugenia died at the age of 43. She was a wonderful Christian wife and mother. Her life was devoted to sharing Christ with all […]

All I Really Need to Know I Learned at a Funeral

All I Really Need to Know I Learned at a Funeral

by Janet Hommel Mangas Oh, for heaven’s sake! I thought, when Kent Odor told my seminary classmates we were attending a funeral to start off our Pastoral Care in Ministry class. It wasn’t that I was uncomfortable around funerals—I’d helped bury more than 2,000 people. Since I had previously worked as a horticulturist and superintendent […]


Ministering from the Heart

by Jenny Parker It happened almost 18 years ago, but hearing someone else’s story brings the memories back in an instant. The ache of empty arms longing to hold a baby that is not there, the stillness where there should be laughter and little cries, and the overwhelming feelings of sadness and loss. What started […]


The Perfect Storm

by Joyce Long Many times the comment “Hi, Son! Good to hear from you” isn’t what we say within our family. “No news is good news” might be more accurate. This time was no different. After three months of physical therapy treating a dislocated kneecap, the “second opinion” orthopedic surgeon decided a ruptured patella tendon […]