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The Importance of Boundaries

Imagine driving in heavy traffic, and each vehicle squeezes around any way they fit. Edge lines, solid lines, and yellow lines are all ignored as drivers “flex” their way through. Can you imagine the chaos? While The Importance of Flexibility warned against sorting people into “good” or “bad” based on appearances, it’s equally important to have boundaries. Salvation…

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The Importance of Flexibility

Have you considered how much easier life would be without options and the layers of decision they require? Think of a world where everyone wakes, showers, and dresses at their appointed time. The entire household progresses through their preparations in order, each person donning a simple uniform of the same color they wore the day…

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Deliverance and Healing for all

We recently received the following comment, and it brings up some points worthy of clarification. I believe that Deaf people need deliverance and healing. Jesus said that those who believe in me will place their hands on the sick and the sick shall be healed. Jesus always healed the deaf and the blind, and he still does…….

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It’s not about the numbers.

We were recently asked what a “perfect” deaf ministry size would be within a hearing congregation. Ministry is not about numbers — it’s about people in relationship with God and one another.  A perfect ministry, Deaf or otherwise, is a place where the body of Christ can gather for community and serve others through welcome,…

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Help! I don’t want to lie.

Dr. Wonder and the Workshop team teach about living lives that honor Jesus. A fan recently asked for pointers on how to stop lying. Here’s our response: Lying to get out of trouble is among the first things we all learn. This makes it one of the hardest things to stop doing, but as we trust Jesus…

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“Interpret for me?”

Um. Er. Well — This seems a simple binary-answer question — “Yes” or “No” — yet all too often the answer ends up being “maybe” or “sorta.” The problem lies in a grey zone between professional training with legal certification versus an adequate measure of bilingual competency for the situation. I’m quite capable of supporting my friend in the…

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One Christ Fits All

One Christ fits all. One discipleship strategy, not-so-much. Jesus is the one and only path to a relationship with God, the only way to prevent our eternal exile. This is the gospel, and it’s for everyone. We who trust this gospel are commissioned to go make disciples. See Matthew 28:18-20 New International Version (NIV): Then Jesus came to…

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Fanmail Excerpts

Silent Blessings is a resource development ministry, bringing foundational faith concepts to deaf children and their families using American Sign Language (ASL). We produce the Dr. Wonder’s Workshop TV program, ASL music videos, and Christian curriculum. We also have a one-on-one ministry to those who send us email and letters from around the world. Though Dr….

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Imagine!

Imagine you’ve just brought your third child home from the hospital. Your precious bundle has all ten toes, all ten fingers, both eyes, and a nose you can’t resist tweaking for all its cuteness. Your little one also has ears, but there’s some disconnect between those little velvety flaps and the language center hiding under…

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Another Look at Easter

Take another look at Easter. Start with the visual embodiment of God Himself, Jesus. He’s the breathing, walking example of what perfect obedience to God looks like in a human body. He is loving and gracious. He loves without first sorting people into groups that deserve it, need it, or trade it. He offers grace…

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