Topic: Care Ministries

Coping with Death–Helping children grieve with hope

As a new school year begins, few children’s ministers are thinking much about death or the process of grief. Instead, Rally Day, Fall Festival, and even Christmas service plans probably consume your thoughts. It’s sad, but true, though. Before the new ministry year ends, you may very well find yourself comforting a grieving child. Perhaps a grandparent will…

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New Resource for Kids who Grieve

Remembering My Someone Special: Jesus Gives Me Hope is a new resource leaders and parents, too, can use as they minister to children who grieve. Soon after CTA published Grieving with Hope: Leaning on Jesus for adults, customers began asking what resources we could provide for children for whom death has become a grim reality. Remembering…

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Defeated!–A Devotion for the Weeks after Easter

Editor’s note: For the past several Monday’s, our blog has included devotions appropriate for the Easter season. In liturgical churches, the season of Easter continues for 50 days–in honor of  our Lord’s 40 days of post-Easter appearances and the 10 days after his ascension which culminated with the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost…

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Drowned!–A Devotion for the Easter Season

Drowned  Editor’s note: For the next several Monday’s, our blog will include devotions appropriate for the Easter season. In liturgical churches, the season of Easter continues for 50 days, concluding with Pentecost Sunday. This week’s devotion was written by Pastor Barry J. Keurulainen for CTA’s devotion book, The Power of the Cross and has been adapted slightly…

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When God’s People Suffer–Emotionally

As editor of CTA’s monthly Grab & Go newsletter, I just put the February issue to bed. If you’re subscribed, you’ll be receiving your copy in your E-mail box the first Tuesday in February. While it’s on my mind, I wanted to alert you to the fact that Tim Wesemann wrote the cover article for the February issue,…

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Testimony – Grieving with Hope

CTA received this comment from a customer: “I recently ordered copies of “Facing Illness with Hope” and “Grieving with Hope” from CTA. I shared a copy of “Grieving with Hope” with a recent widow from our church. I knew she needed encouragement as she had not returned to church since her husband died several months…

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Vision for Grieving with Hope and Facing Illness with Hope – Part Two

In a recent blog entry I shared about the vision CTA and I share for ministry using Grieving with Hope and Facing Illness with Hope within congregations. Expand that vision beyond the local congregation. Let’s start with Facing Illness with Hope . Do you know or yourself serve as a hospital chaplain? Chaplains love to…

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Vision for Grieving with Hope & Facing Illness with Hope – Part One

I hope people catch the vision and the endless possibilities for ministry when they purchase and read CTA’s two books, Grieving with Hope and Facing Illness with Hope. I’m continually astonished that they’ve been priced lower than most sympathy cards and even come with an envelope for mailing. Today people often send email cards for…

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