The Importance of Release

In this series, we’ve addressed the importance of flexibility within boundaries and the maturity to distinguish between rules and principles. That brings us to the importance of release – transferring responsibility and control – toward independence. Imagine a toddler who has never crossed a room independently. Rather than exercising his legs to crawl then walk,…

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Why a Ministry to Deaf Children?

From our Mailbag: “576 Deaf people die each day…570 without knowing the Lord Jesus Christ.” – D.P., Illinois Dear D.P., Thank you for sharing your insights with us. These truly are staggering statistics, and the reason for our existence as a ministry. With the advancement of Cochlear Implants and Mainstream schooling, the situation for deaf…

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The Invisible Disaster

What a couple of weeks! A glance at the news informs us that the northwest third of the US is on fire and the southeast third is underwater. A glance at the calendar reminds us that sixteen years ago, our generation came face to face with its own Pearl Harbor experience. Once again, the lines…

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The Importance of Maturity

Previous articles, The Importance of Flexibility and The Importance of Boundaries, address the need to relax our rules while holding to Godly principles. Where does one learn the difference? Maturity. Children still exploring their world don’t know yet how to evaluate alternatives or predict dangerous consequences. They need growth, guidance, instruction, and tighter boundaries than…

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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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