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Broken Desires, Brandy Pardee

“God, is this really what following you looks like?” Brandy Pardee checked all the boxes: Christian woman, Bible college grad, pastor’s wife, mom. But she realized she wasn’t becoming more like Jesus. Today she carries a fresh perspective on her faith, knowing that none of her questions were too big for God.
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Broken Heart, Bethany Timmons

“Depression is something about me. But it doesn’t define me.” Bethany Timmons talks about how walking through dark places draws us to depend on God — and can help us better serve others.
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Broken Past, Kari Heckler

“God, you don’t understand what it’s like!” Even as Kari Heckler shouted those words from a place of deep pain, she felt God gently telling her: “Yes, I do.” Read More

Coping with anxiety over COVID-19: a Q&R with Dick Burkett

by Jim Killam | 8-min read

 

Dick Burkett is president of a prayer and counseling ministry called Restoration Ministries of Rockford. Dick and his wife, Ellen, are part of our church family at First Free Rockford. We spoke with Dick about spiritual and emotional health during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

What are you noticing among people you counsel?

I’m seeing a lot of people trying to cope with stresses and fears of the unknown. A lot of uncertainty. There are things that we don’t know and there are things that we do know. We need to realize the difference. We don’t know what tomorrow is going to look like. We don’t know what our 401K is going to look like. We don’t know if we have the virus, or how long this will last.

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Coronavirus: a prayer guide

Several mission organizations are asking for a global day of prayer Wednesday, March 11, for an end to the coronavirus, COVID-19. Here’s a guide, first developed by the international organization SIM and now being used by many around the world. Feel free to share this with anyone interested.

 

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Prayer Points

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Pray for the Lord to intervene to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Pray in Jesus’ name that the virus would recede from this day forward, and that the numbers of those infected would decline rapidly. Pray, trusting the Lord to intervene today with his loving care.

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. –  1 John 5:14 Read More