Resource Library

Thursday
Apr212016

Trusting God’s power in your pain

A young boy was traveling on an airplane to visit his grandparents one day, and he happened to be sitting beside a seminary professor. The boy was reading his children’s Bible...

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Thursday
Apr212016

How you can weather any storm in life

As a missionary, Allen Gardiner experienced tremendous physical difficulties and hardships in service to God. Yet, even in the midst of his despair, he maintained his focus...

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Thursday
Apr212016

The only way to know the Father

During the Thirty Years’ War in Europe in the early 1600s, King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden was slain in battle. The Swedes were thrown into mourning for their king...

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Thursday
Apr212016

How to avoid poisoning your relationships

A mom took her kids to the school carnival one Saturday, where they won four free goldfish. So she went out to find an aquarium, and the only ones she could find started at close to $70...

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Thursday
Apr212016

The limitless resource of God’s goodwill

For many years, Eunice Pike worked among the Mazatec people in southwestern Mexico. During her time there, she discovered some interesting things about these wonderful people...

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Thursday
Apr212016

The road map to perfect peace

A retired couple decided they would start walking two miles a day to stay in shape. They lived out in the country, so they thought they would walk a mile...

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Thursday
Apr212016

Where to find shelter when all seems hopeless

As part of the famed Lewis and Clark expedition, John Colter spent three years of hazardous duty escorting the explorers through some of the roughest terrain in the western frontier...

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Thursday
Apr212016

The right way to battle envy

The famous preacher F.B. Meyer was known for gathering very large crowds to hear him preach in the area around Northfield, Massachusetts, in the early 1900s. He became very prominent...

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Thursday
Apr212016

How to be a light where God has you

James and his wife were at church one Sunday when they noticed a new couple sitting not far away from them. So after the service, they walked up and greeted them...

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Thursday
Apr212016

The danger of many Bible ‘experts’

While enjoying a transatlantic ocean trip, a famous Hollywood actress noticed a gentleman sitting at the next table suffering from a bad cold. So she looked over at him and asked...

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Wednesday
Apr132016

How you can move from religion to relationship

Neil Marten, a member of the British Parliament many years ago, was once giving a group of his constituents a tour of the Houses of Parliament. During the visit...

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Tuesday
Apr122016

How you can leave a legacy of faith

One morning in 1888, the inventor of dynamite awoke to read his own obituary, which was printed as a result of an error when the paper had gone to print...

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Tuesday
Apr122016

Where to take your worries and cares

In the 17th century, German pastor Paul Gerhardt and his family were forced to flee their home during the Thirty Years War. One night as they stayed in a small village inn...

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Tuesday
Apr122016

What it means to put yourself second

In his book 'One Crowded Hour', Tim Bowden describes an incident in Borneo in 1964 when Nepalese fighters known as Gurkhas were asked if they would be willing to jump...

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Tuesday
Apr122016

What difference does the resurrection make?

A missionary from Africa tells the story of a Muslim man he knew who decided to become a Christian. The man faced terrible persecution from his friends and family...

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Wednesday
Apr062016

Overcome stress through the power of prayer!

 

One of the most powerful weapons that God gives us against fear is prayer. His Word tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). 

That’s right, prayer is the antidote to anxiety. And it’s only when we open the lines of communication with our heavenly Father that we experience the incredible joy and peace He wants us to have—whatever our circumstances may be.

But God also encourages us to pray for others as well, which is why we’d love to know how we can pray for you. Just visit SeniorLivingMinistries.org/prayer and let us know what’s on your heart.

And while you’re there, be sure to request our Daily Living Devotionals so you can be encouraged by God’s Word every day.

God wants you to live with joy and peace—not constant worry and fear. So we look forward to connecting with you and encouraging you to embrace the life He intends!

Wednesday
Apr062016

From Virginia's Kitchen 

 

 

Dear Friend,

Spring is here… and that means more people are heading outdoors for cookouts and picnics! This yummy salad serves a big group, making it the perfect starter or side dish for your get-togethers as the weather warms up. Enjoy!

24-Hour Salad

Ingredients:

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

2 cups celery, chopped

1 cup radishes, sliced

1 16-ounce package frozen peas

1 8-ounce can diced water chestnuts

1 bunch green onions, chopped

Anything else with a crunch—carrots, sunflower seeds, nuts, bacon bits, etc.

1 quart mayonnaise

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese

3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced

Directions:

Beginning with the lettuce, layer ingredients in a 13x9-inch pan, one on top of the other. Then cover the entire salad with mayonnaise, all the way to the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with sugar and salt.

Cover the dish and place in the refrigerator overnight. Before serving, sprinkle with cheese and cover with eggs. Enjoy!

Wednesday
Apr062016

Q&A with Warren

 

Q: Warren, my medical bills are piling up and I’m losing sleep over not being able to pay them. How can I have peace when I’m so worried? 

A: Things like medical bills can seem so daunting, especially when you owe so much but have so little. But God is in control over your medical bills. He knows what you need and He’ll provide for you. He’s not surprised by how much you owe—but has it perfectly in His hands. So trust Him. Don’t be overwhelmed by the stack of bills. Remember the promises of His Word: You’re not alone. He will take care of you. And you can trust in Him to get you through your challenges.

Wednesday
Apr062016

How you can flourish in the face of fear

By Warren Olson

A few years ago, some members of our family were called to Africa to live as missionaries. They had two young children at the time, so you can imagine there was a good amount of concern in their hearts as they prepared to leave their home behind and step out into the unknown.

Questions swirled around in their minds… What if their kids got sick? What if they were attacked for being Christians? What if the ministry they went so far to accomplish failed?

Very often, the “what ifs” of life paralyze us. I know people personally who’ve been overwhelmed with fear and worry as they’ve pondered questions like… 

            What if my health fails?

            What if my family abandons me? 

            What if I can’t pay my bills?

But in Christ, you don’t have to let the “what ifs” of life cripple you. Matthew chapter 6 records Jesus speaking to a crowd of people who lived in extremely uncertain days. Fear was part of their everyday lives. Would they have enough money to eat? To even clothe themselves?

So Jesus reassures them in verses 25-27…

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Jesus is essentially saying, “I know it seems like there’s so much to worry about. But God takes care of the little things like birds—and He will take care of you because you are of much more value than they are. So stop being fearful and trust Him!”

The truth is worry and fear are rooted not so much in our circumstances, but in our lack of trust in God. I read a statistic not long ago that said when it comes to worry…

Worry and fear are rooted not so much in our circumstances, but in our lack of trust in God.

  • 40% of the things we worry about never happen.
  • 30% of our worries are about things we can't change anyway.
  • 12% of our worries are about criticisms from others that are mostly untrue.
  • 10% of our worries are about our health, which only gets worse with stress.
  • 8% of our worries are about real problems we'll face and can do something about.

That means less than a tenth of our fears are about things we can actually change. The rest are not worth the time and energy it takes to worry!

Less than a tenth of our fears are about things we can actually change. The rest are not worth the time and energy it takes to worry!

After they returned from Africa, our family members told us the vast majority of the concerns they had before they left never even materialized. And even when challenges did come their way, God showed up and made it clear He was in control. Going through the challenges wasn’t nearly as hard as they’d imagined it would be!

No matter what your worries are today—your health, family, finances, or whatever—it’s important to remember that God is in control. So take your worries and cares to Him. Go to Him in prayer during your anxious moments, and find comfort in the promises of His Word.

Step out in faith, watch as He takes control of your life, and you’ll flourish in the face of fear!

Tuesday
Apr052016

Experiencing the reward of a clear conscience

Several years ago, marathoner Abbes Tehami of Algeria was the clear winner of the Brussels Marathon. Amidst the congratulations and cheers, someone discovered...

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