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5-24-19 What Our Anger is Telling Us

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MAY 22, 2014 What Our Anger Is Telling Us Article by Jonathan Parnell Pastor, Minneapolis, Minnesota Anger is not good for you, at least not in its typical form. New studies argue that regular feelings of anger increase the likelihood for heart disease, and that within two hours of an outburst, the chances of a heart attack or stroke skyrocket. Which means all you angry folks better watch out; it’s a dangerous foible. But wait. Anger is more than a problem for “you angry people.” It is actually a problem for all of us — that includes you and me. Traditionally, the anger issue has been divided up between those who get angry and those who don’t. Some personalities tend toward red-faced eruptions; others are unflappably relaxed and easygoing. But the truth is, everyone gets angry — it’s just expressed in different ways. In her article “Why Anger Is Bad For You,” neurophysiologist Nerina Ramlakham says, “Now we separate people differently into those who hold rage in and those who express …

5-24-19 No Teen Is Too Far Gone

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MAY 21, 2019 No Teen Is Too Far Gone Article by Jared Mellinger Pastor, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania If you would have visited the church I grew up in, one of the first things you would have noticed was the teenager asleep in the front row, bored and lifeless during the entire service — a service in which his dad preached. That teen was me. I grew up in a strong Christian home, but in my teens I turned my back on God and wanted my parents to leave me alone. For several years, my parents thought they had lost me for good. But eventually God broke through my foolish heart. He used my parents’ response to my rebellion to rescue me from sin, and “the grace of our Lord overflowed for me” (1 Timothy 1:14). There is more grace in Christ than there is sin in the greatest of prodigals. Therefore, parents should never lose hope. I am proof that no teenager is beyond the reach of God’s salvation. Life in the Van