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How Do You Learn to Truly Trust?

…But do you trust me? Such a question pierces right down to the heart of any matter, for true trust is sacred. Any relationship - be it family, friends, business or otherwise - will thrive when trust is intact. With trust, growth, change and the conquering of obstacles are all not only possible but probable. With trust there is security. When trust is broken – and it can be broken in an instant with a single word or action – any relationship is headed for shipwreck upon the rocks of disappointment and despair. Rebuilding after such a shipwreck is a long and difficult process. So, how can we learn to trust the right things in a deep and secure fashion?

Is There Any Hope Left?

Hope is perhaps the most vital element of life. With it one can do amazing things, overcome seemingly impossible odds, achieve remarkable results and find true and deep meaning in life. Without hope, we doubt, falter and crumble. Without hope we often leave the greatest achievements unachieved, the greatest discoveries undiscovered and the greatest opportunities unfulfilled. So, what is hope and how can we have it transform our lives?

What Hope Can There Be in the Face of Such Tragedy?

Here we are just a few days before Christmas 2012. This is a time when there is usually a magic in the air, an excitement for friends, family and good cheer. Usually, that is the case – but not this year. No, not this year. Something happened, and as a result the giddy joy is gone. We have suffered a great loss. A few short days ago, an unimaginable crime was committed and 27 people, 20 of them 6-and 7-year old children, had their lives taken from them, brutally and without mercy. Today we honor their memory and recognize the pain of their grief-stricken families and friends. Today we also search to find how the hope of the true meaning of Christmas can give us – all of us - strength to cope, strength to stand, and strength to begin to move forward.

Why Didn’t God Stop the Movie Theater Massacre?

It happened just a few short weeks ago, but by now we are almost de-sensitized to the horror. In many ways we can feel like it’s just another story of a senseless killer randomly taking lives. But it’s not – what it is, is a chronicle of a world filled with inequity and evil, in which those who are innocent suffer and die and there are no real answers as to how to stop it. Is there someone to blame? Is it parenting? Is it education? Is it religion? Is it atheism? Is it freedom? Is it guns? Is it easy access to violence? Is it God? How do we begin to put these tragedies into some perspective? Stay with us – there IS an answer!

Where Can We Find True Hope?

When we look around us these days, what do we see? The world is on fire with social unrest, the financial markets are riding tidal waves of volatility, our national debt is about 900 miles high, unemployment just doesn’t seem to go away and to top it off, the average person seems far more restless and unhappy than ever before! We have all heard the saying “hope for the best,” but the best of what? And what does it mean to hope? Stay with us as we look into hope – what it is, how it works, and how it can truly be a positive and life-changing experience in such a troubled world.

What About Suicide?

We all know someone who knows someone who has committed suicide. It is unfortunate to say that death by suicide is and always has been a fixed part of the human experience. What causes suicide? Is it an unforgivable sin? How can we be better equipped to understand it and to be helpful to those vulnerable? Stay with us as we look into this sobering and difficult subject to find understanding, hope and courage.

Where Can We find Hope?

Hope...all of life revolves around it. When it is absent, your world is dark and you are depressed. When you can’t see it, there is no clear direction for you to go. Ah, but when you have hope – true tangible hope - you can be excited! You anticipate and prepare for the future. With real hope, problems are reduced to challenges and obstacles become stepping stones. Obviously there is a major difference in life with hope and life without it. So our focus will be on what true hope is, how we can make it ours and by doing so, and how we can change our outlook! Stay with us, this could be GOOD!

Can There be “Good Grief?”

Everyone has experienced loss in their life. Some have experienced far more than others and have had to learn to cope. In any event, loss – tragic loss especially - brings grief and grief brings a sense of facing overwhelming odds. So, how do we deal with grief? How do we cope with loss? How do we adjust to never getting to say goodbye? Are there things we should or should not do? What about helping our friends cope with grief? What should we do or say? Stay with us as we look into grief and try and find ways to not only cope, but make our grief “good” grief.