Topic: Care Ministries

Did You Know?

The “National Day of Encouragement” officially falls on September 12 each year. Andrew Baker, organizer of the National Day of Encouragement and executive director of the Encouragement Foundation, says this about that:  The National Day of Encouragement is about inspiring Americans to make deliberate words and acts of encouragement a part of this day first, and…

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That Post-Christmas Letdown—Here’s Help!

By now, the Christmas tree is being recycled or lies resting in the attic until next December. All the parties have ended and the candlelight services are only a memory. The hours of daylight are lengthening, but ever so, so, so slowly. And February’s biting winds have arrived a few days early in many towns…

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“I Would if I Could . . .” Care-giving at Christmastime

Bright lights and tinsel. Carols and cocoa. Family time and laughter. Christmas is all these and more. But Christmas is also sadness and pain, confusion and frustration, loneliness and tears—at least it is for some to whom we minister. Think back over your counseling sessions during the past year and remember that young couple who…

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God’s Timing Made Perfect in Death: Comforting Children who Grieve

Editor’s note: No one likes to think about it, least of all those who minister to children and youth. Still, death is a reality and at some time during the new school year ahead, the children in your class may find themselves grieving the death of a loved one. Why not tuck this article away…

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Whispers of God’s Love–a free devotion for tonight’s meeting

Editor’s note: This week’s free devotion is based on one of CTA’s new themes for Mother’s Day and Women’s Ministry, Whispers of God’s Love.  This product line comes with lots of free resources, including even free water bottle wraps and cupcake toppers! A prayer journal anchors the product line and several unique items round out…

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A Word to the Why?s

Editor’s note: This devotion is slightly adapted from a new title in CTA’s Care & Comfort product line, Facing Difficult Days with Hope. Written by Pastor Tim Wesemann, it is intended to encourage those who struggle with many kinds of difficulty—job loss, financial concerns, physical challenges, and family problems among them. This new resource will…

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As a Matter of Fact . . . — a free devotion for this week’s meetings

Editor’s note: This devotion is slightly adapted from a new title in CTA’s Care & Comfort product line, Facing Difficult Days with Hope. Written by Pastor Tim Wesemann, it is intended to encourage those who struggle with many kinds of difficulty—job loss, financial concerns, physical challenges, and family problems among them. This new resource will…

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Lasting Hope: Sharing Jesus’ Peace with Your Community

Does it feel to you like we’re riding a roller coaster? Employment figures rocket upward one week, then plummet the next. The stock market accelerates, then plunges, then soars again. The so-called “Arab Spring” stirs up hope, then threatens to drag the world into cataclysm. Down. Then up. Then down again. Has national uncertainty ever…

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