Strong spirits: ready to help


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Maybe you are struggling right now. Or hurting. Or afraid. Or lonely. Or you know someone who is.

Jesus knows. He knows what it is like. And he knows what to do about it.

In the Bible we are told that Jesus was tempted by everything we are tempted by - but without sinning. Whatever you are facing, he can identify with you. He cares for you. He can help you.

I'm telling you this because he stands by, willing to help. Because he knows your pain and wants to comfort you. I'm telling you this because sometimes we think that Jesus is this religious guy who wants to tell you to straighten up your life. He's not. He wants to be your friend. And, because he is God's son, he has the resources to help you deal with whatever you're facing.

Seek him. Talk to him. Ask for help. He's here to help.

Besides serving as pastor at Caledonia Congregational Church, Gary Schwerin is the Spiritual Development Minister for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley and Executive Director of Bridge Ministries of Rockford. Prior to launching Bridge Ministries, Gary spent many years in leadership with Young Life. His columns appear here every Sunday - to see them all, subscribe to our daily email.

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