PRAYER FOR NORTH MINNEAPOLIS 10/25/2017: NORTH MINNEAPOLIS KIDS

Issue: PTSD

The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as follows: “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.” WoundedWarriorHomes.org claims over 540,000 veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD. Think about that. Over half a million vets have been diagnosed with PTSD. That is 1 in 5 vets. That means there is potentially a larger number that have not been diagnosed. PTSD is not limited to veterans. People who experience or witness trauma or a life-threatening event are also susceptible of experiencing PTSD.

PRAYER FOR NORTH MINNEAPOLIS 10/24/2017: NORTH MINNEAPOLIS KIDS

Over the last few years living in North Minneapolis a few blocks away from the 4th Precinct police station, I have witnessed the pain of our people’s losses. There have been murders in our neighborhoods. There have been times unnecessary and unexplainable force have resulted in the murder of citizens by police. An already tense situation only leads to more dangerous encounters. When the community doesn’t trust the police and the police fear the community, we have a very big problem.

HE DID NOT ENTRUST HIMSELF TO THEM

After people witnessed Jesus' cleaning of the Temple, many believed. But their belief was not such that Jesus would entrust Himself to them. What does that mean? Why does it matter? How should we apply it? Mike Strong looks at John 2:23-25 and offers an appeal to trust He who is trustworthy even when our faith is lacking. 

PRAYER FOR NORTH MINNEAPOLIS 10/23/2017: NORTH MINNEAPOLIS KIDS

Please pray for the children of North Minneapolis. We are asking that the gospel flood these neighborhoods and homes. We are asking God to help us fill in the gaps through loving our neighbors by engaging them, caring for the general physical needs of impoverished homes (food, clothing, health needs, home repair, transportation), and the emotional and spiritual needs of our neighbors (broken & hopeless spirits, sin's power and bondage, false religion and other predatory practices that take advantage of vulnerable people). 

PRAYER FOR NORTH MINNEAPOLIS 10/22-28/2017: NORTH MINNEAPOLIS KIDS

Please join us in prayer for the children of North Minneapolis this week. Please pray once a day that God would enter the darkness and that His hands and feet, His children, would be able to love them by planting gospel seeds and providing for needs that are there in their lives. The future of North Minneapolis is right there looking over the police tape. There are so many children and families to care for here. Please pray we run to, not from, those in need here.

BOOK REVIEW: SURPRISED BY SUFFERING

Mike Strong reviews R.C. Sproul's book Surprised by Suffering: The role of pain and death in the christian life.

BOOK REVIEW: RID OF MY DISGRACE

Mike Strong looks at Justin and Lindsey Holcomb's book Rid of My Disgrace.

BOOK REVIEW: SIDE BY SIDE BY EDWARD T WELCH

Mike Strong looks at Edward Welch's Side By Side: Walking with others in wisdom and love. 

TESTIMONY: HOMELESSNESS

This is a testimonial I gave to a friend a few years back. His church wanted to understand homelessness by getting to know a person who was homeless. This is what I recorded to share with them. Whether you are homeless, still dealing with the pain homelessness can cause, or just want to know and serve the homeless community, hopefully this testimony can help.

LIONS, LAMBS, AND THE BIBLE BELT

Southern culture in the Bible belt is known for its bold gospel witness...almost as much as many others might believe it is known for its hypocrisy. A call to gospel boldness willing to stand and die on the right hill-the gospel.

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