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Prodigals: Damaged Goods?

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Be Encouraged | 0 comments

Therefore if any [person] is in Christ [he/she] is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become NEW. 2 Corinthians 5:17

We pray for our wayward kids—talk earnestly with them, cry for them, plead with them. Two years pass, and still they continue to rebel—then three years. These dearly beloved ones remain immersed in the world’s ways—some ensnared deeply by drugs, alcohol, sex. Five years go by and as parents, we begin to emotionally pull away. It hurts too much to keep caring—the pain is heartrending, exhausting. Ten years pass. Hearts build walls of estrangement. After all these years, if our children haven’t come back yet, most likely they have ruined their lives for good. We can’t bear to watch. It’s easier to walk away. Fifteen years go by. By now it’s far too late. They will never return. All hope is gone.

Is it?

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Standing Together in Hope

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Be Encouraged | Comments Off

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, GOD WITH US). – Matthew 1:23(ESV)

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, GOD WITH US). – Matthew 1:23 (ESV)

“Merry” Christmas

Christmas season is upon us once again—and for the majority of families, it’s a time of joy and celebration: family gatherings; nostalgic traditions; the sharing, in love, of carefully chosen gifts. Happy music fills radio air waves and shopping malls. People bustle through stores aglitter with sparkling lights and decorations, to enjoy shopping and an occasional indulgent cup of flavored coffee, hot chocolate, or a frosted cookie or two. A spirit of festivity and goodwill permeates the air—and this is especially true for those who truly understand the reason for the celebration: We are commemorating the birthday of Jesus Christ, God’s Son— Immanuel, who came to earth more than 2,000 years ago to offer salvation by His sacrificial death for our sin. Thus, we sing with joy and gratitude: “Joy to the world! The Lord is come!”

Yet, amidst this season of merriment, some people are dealing with intense emotional pain. Their hearts ache deeply; their eyes brim with tears in remembrance of former happier, carefree days. Many things in life can bring hurt and sorrow, but our topic here focuses on parents of prodigals—whose children continue to spiral downward in alcohol or substance abuse . . . or continued poor choices . . . or, whatever. Fatigue daily overwhelms these parents as they seek to make sense of life. They are “holding-on” by the thinnest thread of hope.

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Prayer Changes Things…

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Be Encouraged | Comments Off

Prayer changes things… especially our hearts!

  • A teen is caught in the web of drugs, alcohol, or rampant sexual activity
  • An adult son continues to live on the streets in rejection of Jesus Christ
  • A daughter lives-in with an unsaved man twice her age
  • A prodigal husband chooses to leave wife and children as he runs from God
  • A son, stage-four alcoholic, spirals downward; he will not turn to Christ
  • A youth is entangled in the gay lifestylePrayer changes things
How long, O Lord… how long?

At a recent WCM board meeting, the importance of praying for our prodigals was discussed at length. How can we most effectively pray for them? How can we encourage one another? What is the best way to implement effectual and earnest prayer for these loved ones? On our Prayer page, we explain a process we’ve begun to implement to pray for and encourage one another. The Apostle Paul says, “. . . You also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many” (2 Corinthians 1:11 NAS). The prayers of the saints definitely “helped” Paul.

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