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I Know the Plans I Have for You - Cassie Husby's Journey


UPDATE: On November 18, 2013, Cassie Husby received "the call" and surgeons performed a double-lung transplant. We thank the LORD of Life for this gift!

Pills. Oxygen. Nebulizer treatments. IV antibiotics. Sit down and rest. Cough. Hack. Spit up blood. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Thirty-year-old Cassie Husby has Cystic Fibrosis. She’s had it all her life and, up until about three years ago, it was pretty much under control. Recently, though, it has been rough. Pulmonary Function Test scores are down. Her lungs are only working at around 20-25 percent. Infections come more often. Hospital stays typically run 10-14 days and are getting  to be a regular part of the routine. Cassie is dying and, right now, there is only one thing on the horizon that promises to keep her alive. It has been about five months since she was placed on the waiting list for a bilateral lung transplant.

In July, Cassie went through a dry run – an exciting 24 hours that began with a wake-up call around 5:00 in the morning and continued with a 60-mile drive (that went more quickly than it usually does), 17 vials worth of blood draws, tests, tears, prayers, Scripture readings, and finally, after about nine hours of waiting, hugs and kisses with family.

The medical staff put Cassie under anesthesia, drew cut lines all over her body, lifted the lungs out of the donor’s body – and deemed them unusable for transplantation. Excitement turned to disappointment as family and friends were informed of the bad news. But then it got a little bit worse. It was time to let a drugged and groggy Cassie know that the surgery didn’t happen.

When she finally “woke up,” she asked questions, had conversations with the surgeon and came to the understanding that, medically speaking, the circumstances were all for the best.

But Cassie knew that already. Her Jesus already promised that to her. “I know the plans I have for you,” He told her over and again. “In all things, God works for the good of those who love him,” He promised. “Do not worry,” He reminded her.

Nerves were there, of course, but a strange sense of calm came right along with them. The support of her family was there; holding her hand every step of the way. The support of a large and loving congregation was there as well, as phone calls and text messages came and went throughout the day and night. The support of the Holy Christian Church was there, too, as she looked over cards and gifts from Texas, Florida and Tennessee. There is no doubt that the Great Physician, wearing His various masks, was watching over Cassie then, and continues to do so every day.

For now, she waits. She breathes. She swallows pill after pill, uses her nebulizer and oxygen, and takes her antibiotics. She coughs, hacks and spits up blood. Wash, rinse, repeat – all the while appreciating the love and kindness of the communion of saints and trusting that her Jesus will take care of her.


A GREAT NEED

Cassie Husby, the young wife of  Pastor Jeremy Husby of Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford, Wisconsin, has a great need. The notice Christian Life Resources received this past summer reads as follows:

Cassie has Cystic Fibrosis. This is a life-threatening genetic disease. Cassie has officially been placed on the lung transplant list. As soon as a pair of lungs is available for her, she can be called. The congregation is anxiously waiting for this blessing.

There is a great financial need that goes along with this blessing. The lung transplant surgery is covered, but the post-surgery medications are not covered. The total expenses are estimated to be $60,000 to $84,000.

Team Cassie, a committee from Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford, Wisconsin, has been established to help coordinate fundraising activities. We are appealing to you to help defray these expenses.

The Hartford Area Foundation has agreed to assist in handling monies raised for Cassie. This will enable donations to be tax deductible and eliminate tax concerns for the Husbys. Checks should be made out to "HARTFORD AREA FOUNDATION” and designated for “TEAM CASSIE” on the memo line. A receipt from the Foundation will be mailed to donors for their income tax records. Checks may be mailed to:

Team Cassie
1001 Center St.
Hartford, WI 53027

We are instructed in Scripture as follows: “As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10). Cassie represents a great personal need. Each of us can evaluate the resources God has given us to manage. If possible, please consider this need of our sister in Christ and provide a gift directly to the foundation indicated above.

This is a great expense for a single family to handle. Collectively, however, we can do it!

Follow Cassie’s progress:
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1 Corinthians 15:42-43 - The body that is sown...is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.This must be said about long life: it really can wear a person out. When you were 20, you...
October 1st, 2004
A Mom and a Dad - Involvement of Both Stressed
While society debates homosexual adoption, marriage experts remind us why kids thrive best when a mother and father are involved. Glenn Stanton, senior research analyst for marriage...
October 1st, 2004
Calling All Parents! - A Look at Christian Parenting
Certain moments in life profoundly change us. Such moments redefine who we are and why we exist. For me, one such instance began on a warm, sunny day in July of 1994. That was the day...
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 8
"All I Want Is To Get Out Of Here!"Luke 17:19 - Then [Jesus] said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."The man was living in exile and isolation....
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 4: Sex and the Unmarried]
This article is part 4 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex."The Truth About Premarital SexThe Bible contains a brutally honest account of sex between two unmarried young people:...
October 1st, 2004
Teens Don't Walk the Talk
In a poll of 20,000 middle and high schoolers, 70 percent of high school students admitted cheating on an exam at least once in the past year. In 1996 the cheating rate was 64 percent.The...
October 1st, 2004
It's Like Running a Race: A Look at Christian Child-Rearing
I dont know about you, but I really hate running. Its hard work. Ive found it can even make you sweat if youre not careful. I despise running so much that, as a general rule, there...
October 1st, 2004
Our Marriage Mechanic
Determining, "Who's to blame?" requires spouses to be on opposing teams. Husbands and wives become teammates when they ask, "What exactly is wrong, and how do we fix it?""You're late....
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 15
1 Corinthians 15:42-43 - "The body that is sown...is sown in weakness, it is raised in power."This must be said about long life: it really can wear a person out. When you...
October 1st, 2004
Wrongful Birth/Life Lawsuits Present New Pro-Life Concerns
[LifeNews.com Note: Wendy McElroy is the author and editor of many books and articles, including the forthcoming anthology Liberty for Women: Freedom and Feminism in the 21st Century...
October 1st, 2004
Empty Nesting Is for the Birds
This issue of Clearly Caring is arriving in the mail between Mothers Day and Fathers Day two really big family holidays. My writing assignment for this commentary came to me the morning...
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 7
"I Can’t Question God, Can I?"John 11:32 - When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here,...
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 5: Homosexuality]
This article is part 5 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex."A. Homosexuality: A SinThe Bible in unmistakable language identifies homosexuality as a violation of God's Law, a sin....
October 1st, 2004
Understanding Parenting Teenage Mothers
In 1988, while looking for organizations specifically serving parenting teenage mothers, I was saddened by the realization that very few such organizations existed. There were many...
October 1st, 2004
The Vaccination Quandary
When a couple is expecting their first child, often times hopes, dreams and aspirations take center stage. The parents know they are going to love and care for their child, and plan...
October 1st, 2004
Mate or Marriage?
Sex Views Harmful, Study SaysYoung adults still value marriage, but their views on sex aren't setting them up for marital success, according to a report by the National Marriage Project...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 14
2 Corinthians 12:9 - My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.People used to think that sickness and accidents happened to people because they had done...
October 1st, 2004
Is Adoption Still the Forgotten Option?
Last month, Dateline NBC told the story of a young couple's decision to have a baby who had been diagnosed with Down syndrome. The story, which took place in 1998, is worth recalling...
October 1st, 2004
Entertainment Ratings You Can Trust
So you're planning to take the kids to a movie this weekend. A new film has just been released and seems like good family fare. How do you make sure the content is appropriate for family...
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 6
"Why Me?"John 21:21-22 - When Peter saw him, he asked, "Lord, what about him?" Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to...
October 1st, 2004
Decent Sex [Part 1 - The Word on Sex: God's and Man's]
This article is part 1 of a 5-part series entitled, "Decent Sex."Part 1: Man's Word on SexThe words people use to describe sex and sexual activity already betray much about the way...
October 1st, 2004
Parenting When Your Child Goes Down the Wrong Path
When Things Go Wrong: What to do, and not to do, when your child goes down the wrong path.David and Dennis are brothers. They share the same Mom and Dad and grew up in the same household,...
October 1st, 2004
It Is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive
I am not sure when I first heard these words. "It is more blessed to give than to receive" sounds like something out of a stewardship program from church so I suppose that...
October 1st, 2004
A Model for Marriage
A marriage based on the Bible will help couples fulfill their God-given roles and experience true and complete oneness.The bride did everything wrong. Again and again, she brought grief...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 13
Acts 17:26-27 - And he determined the times set for them....God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.As we think about the approaching end...
October 1st, 2004
The Skinny on Kids and TV
The number one incentive for taking control of your youngsters’ television habits is their spiritual health. Doing it for the sake of their physical health is also very compelling.Recent...
October 1st, 2004
Depression That Leads to Death
True or False? 1) Most people trying to cope with depression simply don’t have strong enough faith.FALSE. People in the church may jump to this conclusion because many depressed...
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 5
"I Don’t See God Doing Anything" Matthew 8:7-8 - Jesus said to him, "I will go and heal him." The centurion replied, "Lord, I do not deserve to have you...
October 1st, 2004
Human Sexuality
What do the words crime, innuendo, molestation, bias, misconduct, discrimination, overtones, violence, and perversion have in common? They all follow the adjective "sexual" in today's...
October 1st, 2004
Breaking The Silence of Adam
Some life statistics about men:(From the National Center on Health Statistics) 66% of all heart attacks occurring in the U.S. annually are suffered by men. Every 12 minutes a man dies...
October 1st, 2004
Biblical Directives, Examples, and Applications of Burden Sharing: Questions
1. Understanding the TermsBurden: Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry. Sharing: To willingly and happily assist others by giving from...
October 1st, 2004
'Til Death Us Do Part
Marriage has been instituted by God, and he continues to regulate it.The dream of many a young girl is to be a June bride. For reasons not entirely clear, June remains a popular wedding...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 12
Acts 17:26-27 - And he determined the times set for them....God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him.As we think about the approaching end...
October 1st, 2004
Today's Media: Parental Discernment
dis-cern-ment [noun]: keenly selective judgment, good taste and judgment"Parents, it's 11:00 P.M. ... Do you know where your children are?"Are you old enough to remember local television...
October 1st, 2004
Study Suggests Link Between Gambling and Suicide
A study published this week in the journal Suicide and Threatening Behavior by a University of California, San Diego, sociologist has suggested a significant link between legalized...
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 4
"Will I Ever See Anything Good In Life Again?"Luke 2:28-30 - Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss...
October 1st, 2004
Premarital Relationships
In a bygone era, when people were still ashamed to talk about it (Ephesians 5:12), it was called cohabitation. Today's terms are more unashamedly descriptive: living together, shacking...
October 1st, 2004
Children Belong in Church
Is the sound of children disturbing or delightful? How children and adults benefit from children attending worship. "I wonder if it's worth it to bring him to church at all."Steve Bilitz,...
October 1st, 2004
Biblical Directives, Examples, and Applications of Burden Sharing: Answers
1. Understanding the TermsBurden: Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry. Sharing: To willingly and happily assist others by giving from...
October 1st, 2004
Two Halves of a Complementary Whole
What our God-given gender differences are and how understanding them can help you communicate better with the opposite sex.We don't have to read very far into Genesis before we learn...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 11
Luke 11:9 - Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.There are times when it almost doesn’t seem worth it to pray. It...
October 1st, 2004
Dad's Story: A Look at Christian Caregiving
IntroductionMy heart ached as I watched my father's body deteriorate. He had always been such a proud and determined man. Everyone who knew him admired his gentle and caring manner....
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 3
"I Don’t Feel Like I Deserve God’s Help"Luke 5:8,10 - When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, "Go away from me, Lord: I am a sinful...
October 1st, 2004
Sex Within Marriage
Read the following passages: Genesis 2:24 - For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.1 Corinthians 7:2-5 - But...
October 1st, 2004
Children in Church: Trial-by-Diaper
One woman encourages those who brave the terrors of worship with children.I look around and count babies, and I feel a little envy. My youngest is four now. I look around and see the...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 1 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
WANTED: A Truly Beautiful Wife
What to look for when choosing the woman you want to marry.I married the most beautiful woman I ever met. She was charming and funny, lively and loved by all. Her greatest personal...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 10
Psalm 46:1-2 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.There are times when the words of Psalm 46 seem hollow to us. After all,...
October 1st, 2004
Sympathy: Feeling With Others, Not For Them
When we sympathize with others, we are led into action, following Jesus' command to love one another as he loved us."Sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery," wrote Edward...
October 1st, 2004
Would You Like to Go to a Movie?
Solomon Wrote (Ecclesiastes 1:9): "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun."I think of this passage often as I counsel...
October 1st, 2004
Choosing a Doctor Who Shares Your Faith
In a Christian doctor-patient relationship, faith is the common bond. How good it is for patient and doctor to share the same faith. I love caring for patients of my own church - so...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 1 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
When Dad Hits Mom
Seven suggestions to make your congregation safe for victims of domestic violence.In my career as a prosecutor, I have worked with hundreds of victims of domestic violence. I have seen...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 9
Hebrews 13:5 - "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."Why should the Lord be my daily companion? He has every reason to abandon me. My lifestyle has not always...
October 1st, 2004
Gay Marriage Commentary
On May 17, 2004, the state of Massachusetts legalized gay marriage. Approximately one percent of the U.S. population (or at least those living in Massachusetts) who comprise the "gay...
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 1
"They’ve Taken Away My Identity!"John 13:23 - One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.Jesus nicknamed John the apostle, along with his...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Passages Relating to Marriage and Surrogate Parenting
1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Genesis 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united...
October 1st, 2004
Drug Abuse
Just say no. Sounds easy, doesn't it? A simple solution to a complex problem. Just say no and it all goes away.Unfortunately, drug and alcohol abuse can't be sloganed away. It continues...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 2 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Burdensome Babies
In a society where infanticide (by way of abortion) is an acceptable practice, and sex education includes the use of dolls that simulate real babies to teach teens how burdensome parenthood...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 8
Matthew 14:27 - "Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid."They say only a fool is never afraid. But lately it seems as though fear and uncertainty have taken over my...
October 1st, 2004
Q&A on the Federal Marriage Amendment Issue
Background:The U.S. Senate took up the Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA) the week of July 12, 2004. The U.S. Senate voted on July 14, 2004 to kill the amendment by a 48-50 procedural...
October 1st, 2004
How Can I Say I Care? - A Devotion for Counseling Center Volunteers
The feisty side of me hates the phrase, "I care." Don't misunderstand. I am not against saying it. But I object to its use without meaning. It sounds more like a catchy bumper...
October 1st, 2004
All Stressed Out
As a Christian, you have an edge in coping with stress!You're stuck in traffic. Horns honking, motorists screaming. It's Monday. You worked all weekend, but you're still behind deadline.You...
October 1st, 2004
Family Values
"God sets the lonely in families." (Psalm 68:6)We have the challenge to promote the family and help build solid Christian families in our midst. Here is one inescapable fact: We all...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 2 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Caution: Bumps Ahead (Preparing for Adolescence)
A team of doctors decided to conduct an experiment to study the ways in which group pressure influences young people. To accomplish this, they invited 10 teenagers into a room and told...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 7
Isaiah 55:8 - "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," says the Lord.I have received all sorts of advice from well-meaning friends. One suggests...
October 1st, 2004
Reserving Sex for Marriage
God’s precious gift of sex is only for those who publicly promise faithfulness to one another for life.Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the idea of reserving sexual relations...
October 1st, 2004
How are Your Priorities?
While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: [Series for Christian Fathers] Servant-Leadership in the Family - Part 1 [Student's Guide]
This is the first in a series of three Bible studies for fathers. In this series, we will examine what God says in His Word about a father's role in the family, how a father can fulfill...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 3 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
The Crisis of Fatherhood: Has It Become a Biological Burden?
What does it take to be a father today? Biologically, it simply takes fertilizing an egg. Practically, being a father is so much more!Advances in reproductive technology are robbing...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 6
John 14:6 - "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."The way we walk in life leads to a definite end. The truth we follow and...
October 1st, 2004
Saved Sex Is the Only Safe Sex
As a teenager, I hear the media telling my peers and me about sex more than any other topic. I have to ask myself two questions:What are they telling us? And, are we listening? Overwhelmingly,...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 27
Psalm 37:7 - Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.Don't you wish you were in one of those hospitals you see on television? You come in, they cure you, and out you go...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: [Series for Christian Fathers] Servant-Leadership in the Family - Part 1 [Leader's Guide]
This is the leader's guide to the first in a series of three Bible studies for fathers. In this series, we will examine what God says in His Word about a father's role in the family,...
October 1st, 2004
Tips for Witnessing Your Faith
QUESTION: I am recently employed. I'm a Christian and love the Lord dearly but have a hard time proclaiming him at work. As soon as someone mocks God, I do nothing to defend his holy...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 3 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Fathers, Train Your Children
With the talk about fathers who shirk their responsibilities, there are glimmers of good news.Currently, 63 percent of American teenagers live with their biological fathers. Teens with...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 5
John 3:16 - God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. The word "love" has been abused...
October 1st, 2004
Saying 'Yes' to Sex
Society has always had trouble with the subject of sex. Some societies like the Victorian have hidden the topic in a closet as if it did not exist. Sex went on as usual, including its...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 25
Matthew 28:20 - Surely I will be with you always...I miss my room! I miss my bed! I miss my TV and stereo! I miss my toys and my dolls and my pet! I miss my mom and dad! I don’t...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: [Series for Christian Fathers] Servant-Leadership in the Family - Part 2 [Student's Guide]
Before we begin this portion of our Bible study, we need to review the principles of servant-leadership that we studied in our last lesson.Read each of the following passages and use...
October 1st, 2004
Father in Alcohol Recovery Gives Perspective to Those With Other Addictions
A father in recovery writes to his wife and children. His perspective can be applied to those involved with other addictions.To My Family, Whom I Love...I know that this letter is too...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 4 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
'From Generation to Generation' - Parents Nurturing Their Children's Faith
We're always passing the baton of faith -- sharing the promise -- to the next generation.It's been compared to a relay race. The most critical moment is when both runners are in the...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 1
Luke 2:29-31 - Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people....
October 1st, 2004
Sharing the Facts of Life
I trusted him when he told me, "I love you." He trusted me when I said the same. We trusted our emotions when they said, "It's OK. Show each other how much you care." When our relationship...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 26
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.Do you know what’s frustrating? Thinking abut how easily you might NOT have had to come to the hospital. If you’d been fifteen seconds...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: [Series for Christian Fathers] Servant-Leadership in the Family - Part 2 [Leader's Guide]
Before we begin this portion of our Bible study, we need to review the principles of servant-leadership that we studied in our last lesson.Read each of the following passages and use...
October 1st, 2004
Turning Back the Clock
Turning Back the ClockIt's the season for high school graduations. Where has the time gone? What will our young people do with the time in front of them, the rest of their lives? For...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 4 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
The Head of the Home
Men should follow Jesus' lead and head their families with love, sacrifice, and the WordPolitically correct pundits are changing their tune. Well, maybe it's the same tune, but at least...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 2
Job 14:14 - If a man dies, will he live again?No one likes to think about death. I’ll freely admit I am no exception to the rule. But as I grow older, it becomes more and more...
October 1st, 2004
Shepherding Your Teens to Adulthood
Teen dating? Perhaps, it's time to asign these words to the dustbin of outmoded phrases. At least, if most 15 year-olds had their way, they would be happy never to hear these words...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 24
Matthew 10:29 - Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from the will of your Father.People lying in hospital beds often spend the hours...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study [Series for Christian Fathers] Servant-Leadership in the Family - Part 3 [Student's Guide]
In this Bible study we will discuss some basic truths about God's gift of sex - that it is a gift from God for married people and that the sinful world has perverted it for its own...
October 1st, 2004
The Value of Self-Esteem
We want to reject the misuse and the distortions of self-esteem, not waste the value that the concept provides.Some years ago, social scientists recognized what most have known for...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 5 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
Helping Your Teen Say No to Sex
Dear Mr. McDowell,Having premarital sex was the most horrifying experience of my life. It wasn't at all the emotionally satisfying experience the world deceived me into believing. I...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 3
John 20:27 - Stop doubting and believe!At times I find myself doubting God’s many promises to help in times of trouble. It’s not that his Word is unclear. It’s me....
October 1st, 2004
Shifting the Focus in Marriage
"America's divorce revolution has failed."The above conclusion comes from the Council of Families in America, a group of "scholars and analysts...a volunteer, nonpartisan,...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 23
Matthew 9:12 - Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.""I don’t feel sick enough to be in the hospital!" So you may have said,...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: [Series for Christian Fathers] Servant-Leadership in the Family - Part 3 [Leader's Guide]
NOTE TO THE INSTRUCTOR: The author of this Bible study in no way professes to be an expert on how to talk to one's children about sex. Nor does he intend this Bible study to cover everything...
October 1st, 2004
We Live Together as a Family
We Live Together as a Family...To the Glory of GodAs a family, the first thing we do is love one another.We were not a family. We have become a family -- by the grace of God. Now we...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 5 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
How to Raise Godly Daughters
Tips to help you raise a unique Christian womenRaising godly daughters today is like flying a kite in a hurricane. The mighty winds of the world keep battering against us.Looking for...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 4
Matthew 11:28 - Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Restlessness seems to be a daily companion lately. Questions about my diagnosis and prognosis...
October 1st, 2004
Gay Marriage and the Christian Response
The recent attention given to the legalization of gay marriage has highlighted an increasing tension many Christians feel on issues so clearly prescribed in Scripture. The Scopes trial...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 22
Matthew 9:12 - Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.""I don’t feel sick enough to be in the hospital!" So you may have said,...
October 1st, 2004
When Good Things Become Addictions
Innocent activities that initially bring pleasure can spiral into compulsions that are difficult to control and have devastating effects.Addictions consume energy. Problems exist when...
October 1st, 2004
'With Friends Like These' - A Look at Comforting Others in Crisis
When you are called upon to touch someone's life with comfort, share the genuine comfort of the cross."When Job's three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 6 of 6: Questions
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
How You Can Parent Your Teen
Nine tips you can use to strengthen your family.Twenty years ago, being a father seemed rather easy--challenging, but not terribly complicated. Fairly regular devotions, rules about...
October 1st, 2004
The Great Physician at My Bed - 1
On Entry"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)We go to doctors because we need help. Our bodies hurt. In our suffering Jesus invites...
October 1st, 2004
The Joys and Challenges of Helping the Disabled
In a society where the quality of life is often judged subjectively, there is precious little room for those who rely on others for help and support. Self-sufficiency is to be praised....
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 21
2 Timothy 4:18 - The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.It is not a pleasant thought, perhaps, but one which has to be faced sooner...
October 1st, 2004
How Depression Ruled My Life
One woman's story of how depression ruled her life.It was my fourth hospitalization in two years. I hadn't eaten for six days. Medical doctors were checking for any physical problems,...
October 1st, 2004
Abortion - Men Hurt in Silence
"I'm pregnant."These are powerful words that can evoke fear, anxiety, joy and confusion in men. An unplanned pregnancy puts men in a peculiar place; on one side he is supposed to stand...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing Part 6 of 6: Answers
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamb once said it was wrong for the elderly to become a burden upon their family and society. God's Word tells us something different. This is Part...
October 1st, 2004
The Joy of Being a Christian Mother
The kids tell me there are certain statements I make with definite regularity: "Whoever washed the dishes, get back down here!" "What happened to the light bulbs I bought yesterday?"...
October 1st, 2004
The Great Physician at My Bed - 2
On Entry"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." (Matthew 9:12)We weaken and become ill, or some serious problem in the body sends us to a hospital for treatment. God...
October 1st, 2004
It Begins with Ants in the Pants - A Look at Christian Parenting
The late humorist and author, Erma Bombeck, once wrote: "The inside of a house of worship must be the most confusing place ever to a child. There's water that you can't play with, books...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 20
Galatians 3:26 - You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.The hardest part of being a parent is having to watch your child in pain or illness. It seems unfair that a child...
October 1st, 2004
Sarah's Story - A Look at a New Beginning After a Crisis Pregnancy
It was the day of my 18th birthday that I found out I was pregnant. At a time when I should have been young and hopeful and happy and free, I was terrified and lonely and angry and...
October 1st, 2004
The Father and Issues of Life and Death: Questions
When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976...
October 1st, 2004
The Purity Ring
Most little girls dream of the day they will meet their Prince Charming. A young woman begins preparing to meet the real love of her life when she is still harboring her Barbie dolls,...
October 1st, 2004
Bible Study: Carrying Burdens and Euthanasia
Importance of this Bible Study1) Life issues are broadening or shifting to each end of the life spectrum: beginning of life through end of life.2) Personally we are not victims of abortion,...
October 1st, 2004
Divorce and Remarriage
QUESTION: In light of Mark 10:11,12, "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, and if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 19
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.There doesn’t seem to be a good time to be in the hospital. You have other things you need to be doing. Your life did not need this kind...
October 1st, 2004
Dating Dilemma
Dating Dilemma Should religion be a deciding factor in whom to date? Catrina J. Meyers It was the middle of my junior year, and I was trying to get over a bad breakup. My friend, Caleb,...
October 1st, 2004
When Life Seems to Have No Meaning
Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? We know such a question is not uncommon in our world. We live among a people who not only may ask such a question concerning...
October 1st, 2004
The Father and Issues of Life and Death: Answers
When abortion is marketed to the general public its advocates emphasize the autonomous right of the woman to make this decision. Society has so bought into that notion that in 1976...
October 1st, 2004
Should I Baptize My Baby?
Why Baptize Babies?The Bible doesn’t tell us anywhere how old a person must be at the time of baptism. Jesus commanded us to baptize "all nations" (Matthew 28:19) and...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing in Love
Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry.Understanding the Terms:Burden:Review the following passages: Numbers 11:14; Nehemiah 5:15; Psalm...
October 1st, 2004
Divorce is Not an Option
I just finished reading a book my family gave me for Christmas -- Tom Brokaw's best seller, The Greatest Generation. It's a series of interviews with members of that generation called...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 18
Psalm 31:15 - My times are in your hands.There doesn't seem to be a good time to be in the hospital. You have other things you need to be doing. Your life did not need this kind of...
October 1st, 2004
The Painful Hook in 'Hooking Up'
by Paul Reisser, M.D. I hereby acknowledge a gap in my comprehension of current social mores and vernacular, the correction of which has been a cause for some alarm. For most of my...
October 1st, 2004
Institutional Devotions - 2
"I Feel So Alone"John 19:28 - Jesus said, "I am thirsty."A crowd had gathered to watch the controversial teacher Jesus be slowly and painfully executed on a cross....
January 1st, 2004
Setting the Pace Without Getting Trampled
THIS IS WHAT THE LORD SAYS:How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)At the start, it is important...
October 1st, 1999


Things to Consider

Family Treasures and Gifts Is Closings Its Gift Store

The FTG Store is announcing its plans to close the gift portion of our store soon. We have extended our closing through April (with the exception of books which will still be...

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