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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Life-Saving Pain - #4751
God has built into our soul a capacity to feel guilty when we do something wrong. We might call guilt moral pain. Feeling guilty, and feeling shame over what we have or haven't done, feeling dirty inside - those are not nice feelings. But they are God's alarm to deal with what's wrong before it causes greater pain, or even spiritual death.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - An Open Door for Locked-Out People - #4294
Unfortunately, that locked-out feeling isn't unique to a child who can't get in. Many of us grownup children know that feeling all too well. Maybe you've felt locked out much of your life - excluded, abandoned, unheard, unnoticed. You've been hurting, but no one seems to respond.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Killer Tide - #4797
Sin always kills. The tsunami tide of sin's consequences can sweep away a marriage, the trust people had in you, your position, your reputation, your self-respect, your closeness to God. When you plunge into that attractive opportunity, you have no idea of the shame, the guilt, and the hurt that will follow.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - When There's Nothing Left to Hold - #4805
It's a fact of life. We will ultimately lose whatever or whoever we've been hanging onto except for the love of Jesus Christ, poured out on that cross. It's not just a cross. It is the only anchor that will be there when there's nothing else to hold onto.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - A Bigger Purpose Than You Ever Dreamed - #4822
Just like Esther, just like Ashley Smith, you have been divinely positioned to save the lives of people you live close to, work with, go to school with. God does these life-saving divine match-ups as He did that amazing night in Ashley Smith's apartment. He puts you with people who can be reached by someone like you, however unqualified you may feel you are.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Good News About Your Bad News - #4823
The natural response is to focus on what the storm has taken. The healing response is to focus on what the storm can produce.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - One "Unloseable" Hope - #4729
It's possible to have a lot of religion and totally miss the relationship with God that you were made for. Any hope we get from anyone or anything on earth is just an unsatisfying substitute for belonging to God. When you belong to Him and you know you do, your soul finally can, as the psalmist said, "rest."

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Drought School - #4115
It's amazing how a drought can get you praying - any kind of drought - even if the drought is financial, or medical, or family, or one of life's emotional or spiritual dry spells. I was reminded of what one veteran farmer told me a few years ago. He said, "The farther we have gotten from the land, the farther we have gotten from God." There's something to that.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Only An Interruption - #4145
Life's partings are tough, especially when someone we love slips into eternity. Death just rips us up inside, and the grief is sometimes almost unbearable. But because of Jesus, it's almost unbearable. Why? Because if we belong to Jesus, and our loved one did, then this is not the termination of our relationship. It is - because of Christ - only an interruption.

Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Heavy Lifting without Injuries - #4165
As some people have learned the hard way, when you don't bend your knees for heavy lifting situations, you get unnecessary pain and strain, and even injury. It's the same with all of life's heavy loads.