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Chronic Mental Illness and Divine Healing: A Pastor’s Personal Journey

By Tim Reside

Sunday, August 13, 2017, Tim Reside had the opportunity to share a healing message from the pulpit of Rev. Larry Morris at “Living Word Nazarene Church” in Houston, Texas.
Pastor Morris shared a heart-felt introduction followed by Tim’s daughter, […]

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My Super Power & Secret Weapons

By Tim Reside

The SUPER POWER by which I continue to survive and resiliently thrive is the daily choice to live transparently vulnerable. My SECRET WEAPONS are acceptance and surrender (not capitulation). These proactive weapons give me leverage.
I live with a […]

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Why Should We Care?

By Jim Grinnell

People care about the hurting in our society for many different reasons. Some care because they are grateful for their own blessings, and as a response want to help others. For some, caring is a matter of social […]

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Who Sinned?

By Tim Reside

One day Jesus encountered a man blind from birth. His student disciples asked: “Teacher, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?”
Only the ignorant would deny that there are cause-to-effect relationships in life. Only […]

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The Unique Calling

By Jim Grinnell

The dictionary definition of the word “unique” is as follows: “being without a like or equal, peculiar, incomparable, singular.” As time goes on, it is becoming more and more evident that God is creating something unique in this […]

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Treasures of Darkness

By Tim Reside

“And I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden wealth of secret places, in order that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name” (Isaiah […]

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Ten Tips for Beating the Holiday Blues

By Tim Peterson, MS, LMFT, LPC

Keep expectations manageable. Don’t try to make this holiday season “the best ever”. Set realistic goals for yourself, prioritize the most important activities, and pace yourself. Remember that the holidays don’t automatically dispel reasons for […]

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Stop, Drop & Roll: Forgiveness or Poison?

By Tim Reside
I remember my grandmother telling me a story about a young woman who burned to death because she was unwilling to humble herself, turn from pride and receive help. A rescuer saw her dress on fire and shouted […]

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Self-Help And/Or Faith?

By Tim Reside

For those dealing with mental illness, the first great hindrance to healing, recovery and any true hope for ultimate cure is denial. Frankly this is not a package that anyone is thrilled to sign for. It is a […]

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Shake It Into the Fire

By Jim Grinnell

On the island of Malta, as the Apostle Paul was gathering wood for a fire that the natives had built for him, a snake came out of the wood and fastened itself to Paul’s hand. The Scriptures say: […]

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The Sacred Significance of the Individual

By Tim Reside

Although Jesus Christ of Nazareth spoke and ministered to large crowds, what is particularly notable about His ministry are the many accounts of time spent with individuals. Jesus small entourage of disciples, however, often saw these “time-outs” as […]

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Lord, Let Me Be An Instrument of Your Peace & Wholeness

By Tim Reside

Thomas Merton wrote, “If you are yourself at peace, then there is at least some peace in the world. Then share your peace with everyone, and everyone will be at peace.” Jesus Christ told his disciples, “My peace […]

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A Hope for Miracles
(A Compulsion to Cure—A Compassion to Care)

By Tim Reside

Recently I had the privilege of speaking at our local “City-Wide Prayer Service for Mental Illness Awareness Week” sponsored by NAMI Tulsa. In the program was the following quote from Father Thomas Keating.”Some wounds are so deep there […]

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From Boulders To Knapsacks

By Jim Grinnell

If you’re like me, you want to help people, but have grown somewhat suspicious of some people’s claims to need help. Recently, while reading Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend’s book, Boundaries, the authors discuss what the […]

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Diagramming A Life’s Sentence

By Tim Reside

When I was a boy in English class, I found diagramming sentences simultaneously fascinating and confusing. I never was very good at it, but I marveled at those who were. However, God taught me a very important lesson […]

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Anxiety Disorders: More than Worry

By Tim Peterson, MS, LMFT, LPC

Most people experience feelings of anxiety before certain anticipated events. Anxiety disorders, however, are illnesses that cause extreme distress for no apparent reason. Left untreated, these disorders can reduce an individual’s quality of life.Anxiety disorders […]

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8-Step Prescription Against Anxiety

By Tim Reside

Statisticians have written that one in four American families have a family member affected by a serious mental illness. There are more hospital beds in America occupied by people who have a mental illness, than by people who […]

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Saddling Mood Swings: A Pastor Comes to Grips with Bipolar Disorder

By Bill Sherman – World Religion Writer
To the hundreds of young people who have gone through children’s church at Evangelistic Temple in the last 16 years, he is simply Coach Tim, a high-energy guy who loves kids and is passionate […]

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