Pastor Roger Barrier and daughter Brianna Barrier Engeler describe unique stressors on pastor's children. Pastor's kids can be helped by their parents when they demonstrate realistic expectations, empathy and right priorities.
I never learned much about racial discrimination. As a child raised in the South, I was unaware of the stigma of separate bathrooms, swimming pools, or back seats on the bus. I am profoundly sorry for such ignorance. But this is why I never noticed. The black women in my life were my deepest, most cherished friends and mentors. I want to take a moment and introduce you to...
Author: Julie Barrier
A journey through grief is complex and confusing. One way to gauge how well you are dealing with the loss, your grief and your grief emotions is to take an inventory of all the emotions and experiences that are a part of your grief journey. Below is a whole list of things you might think or feel (or have thought or felt) when someone has died. Read through the list as...
Author: Larry Barber
Dear Roger, Did God predestine people to go to Hell? Sincerely, PH Dear PH, Let me begin with an overview of predestination as envisioned by John Calvin. Calvinism teaches, in essence, that God chooses beforehand (predestines) who goes to Heaven and who goes to Hell. Arminianism is the antithesis of Calvinism. Arminianism teaches that “whosoever will may come”—anyone can...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier
Topic: Salvation, Heaven , Hell
What do I say to a mourner? The moment of greeting a mourner is indeed difficult. What are the words of comfort? Can I help to ease the pain? I want to express my condolences sincerely, but the words seem so inadequate. Or, perhaps I will say the wrong thing- something I intend to be well-meaning – but is received as hurtful? WHAT CAN I SAY? In the Bible, we learn from...
Author: David Knapp
Our God stands unchanging through time as the source of our strength. The power of same is the culmination of our consistency with Him. If you resist the monotonous, you'll miss the miraculous. Repeat the right things until the routine is the reward. You will never arrive if you can't abide. Preached at Elevation Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: Steven Furtick
Scripture: John 15:1-5, 2 Kings 5:13-14, Genesis 26:18-18, Luke 4:16-16, Joshua 6:14-20, Hebrews 13:8-8, 1 Kings 18:43-44
After a loss, each member of a family has his or her own unique grief process. But just as important and unique is the grief experience of the entire family unit. Here are some of the reasons that it is important to acknowledge the needs of the family as a whole: Each person in a family has functions and roles not filled by anyone else . The death of any member...
Author: Larry Barber
Part of serving a ministry in a foreign country is to identify the chief value(s) of your host country so that you will know what you should and shouldn’t do when trying to reach people for Christ in that country. I experienced this first hand during my 10 years in Mongolia. I listened carefully to what Mongolians talked about and watched their behavior. I listened carefully...
Author: Tom Terry
Topic: Church and Culture
King David experiences rejection, grief, abandonment, guilt, humiliation and disappointment during his lifetime. In his psalms, David examines the darkness in his life only to discover victory with God. These songs, written by real people living under extreme pressure, confirm that God is greater than our hurts.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Psalm 7, Psalm 18, Psalm 30:4-5, Psalm 31:6-16, Psalm 35:25
The story of Paul and Ananias teaches us much about healing relational scars. Take your hurt and be honest in the presence of God. Articulate your pain and anger to Him. Allow God to bring His redeeming love into your story. When we are in pain, we pull away from others, the very people God brings into our lives to help us to receive healing. Because Saul was able to receive...
Speaker: Heather Zempel
Scripture: Acts 9:1-7, Acts 9:10, Acts 22:11-17, Psalm 3:7, Psalm 22:1
Topic: Emotional Health