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My Brother Was Murdered in 1997

On April 18, 1997, I got the call that nobody ever wants to receive. My sister-in-law called to let me know that she killed my brother. I remember writing in my journal that it was a sunny, 67-degree day. It was a perfect day—until that… Continue Reading …

Surviving Suicide – When You’re Left Alone

Death. Look at that word. Say it out loud. There is nothing happy about the word. It is gray, dark, sad, and hopeless. It is unflinching and unyielding. It makes no apologies. It is the point of no return. It is the end of the… Continue Reading …

When Christianity Disappoints You: The Death Of My Brother

My brother loved God and served the church; until he was disappointed by his pastor. He walked away from Christianity because he did not expect disappointment and he did not know how to handle it. He was murdered two years later. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …

The Gospel Is More Than a Birth-to-Death Story

The gospel is more than a birth-to-death story. The life and death of Christ are part of an incredible golden chain that reaches from eternity to eternity. The best news of all is you can enjoy the full benefits of the gospel by faith. No… Continue Reading …

Heaven Awaits While I Grieve Today

Hayden Palm met Jesus on November 7, 2017, at 11:05 in the morning. This bittersweet news caused two narratives to start running simultaneously in my mind. Listen to the podcast You may want to read: My Mother Died Last Night: A Few Thoughts After Life… Continue Reading …

Preparing Your Heart for Tragedy, Like Las Vegas, NV

Sometimes the English language is inadequate when it comes to conveying our thoughts. Thinking about the tragedy in Las Vegas, NV is one of those times when words fall short. These four responses will help you. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes,… Continue Reading …

Case Study: She Buried Her Son 10 Years Ago

Mable comes to you for counseling. Ten years ago she buried her second son. He was shot five times by his wife. The court trial had come and gone. Her now former daughter-in-law received 300 hours community service for the murder. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Suicide

Mable picked up the phone and started calling people at random. Somehow she had your number. Mable said she did not know why she was calling you, but felt as though she should. She began to tell you her story. Mable was at the end… Continue Reading …

From Despair to Hope – Grieving the Death of a Loved One

From Despair to Hope Grieving the Death of a Loved One

I have been pondering death the past few days–since my mother met Jesus last Thursday evening. My reflections have brought to mind the song Empty Chairs and Empty Tables, the sad farewell from Marius to his friends in the musical Les Miserables. Listen to the… Continue Reading …

Five Things to Know When Unbelievers Die

Member Question – One issue I struggle with is the death of friends or loved ones who never appeared to come to the saving knowledge of Christ. There is not a lot said on this issue. There is a great joy, of course, for the… Continue Reading …