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A New View on Race From a Mother’s Heart

Dear Friends, My heart has been broken by so much of what has been happening in the streets of America over the past few weeks.  I, like most of you, have very dear friends who are African Americans and I’ve wondered what I can do to create positive change and to bring reconciliation and healing in these challenging days. This remarkable article from Speak Up alumnus Sheila Qualls could be one of the most important blogs you read this year. Sheila speaks truth; she’s vulnerable; she shares what her family has faced and continues to face. Feel free to share

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Staying Power

Today is “release day” for Staying Power:  Building a Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst—the first book Gene and I have written together, along with Dave & Cindy Lambert.  With COVID-19 keeping us from speaking engagements, we need your help with getting the word out about this book.  You can order here. The book is also available wherever books are sold. This book is about what every couple will experience when outside circumstances and stressors try to deteriorate and weaken, if not destroy, their marriage.  Whether it’s a child’s rebellion, infertility, chronic illness, or a financial tragedy, even couples

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Words of Hope

By Carol Kent, March 24, 2020 In the past couple of weeks our lives have been turned upside-down due to the unanticipated invasion of COVID-19. I’ve seen empty shelves, anxious parents, fear of the future, loss of retirement funds, “social distancing,” temporary job loss (especially for my speaker/musician friends who’ve had their next three months of engagements cancelled or postponed while their bills remain constant), stressed people dealing with at-risk family members, and so much more. So how do we hold on to hope? 1. Fear not. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for

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A Christmas Message from Gene, Carol, and Jason Kent

Dear Friends, Start glorifying God—with words, with song, with celebration, with exploding joy. Thank Him for the precious gift of Jesus. Then in hushed silence, listen for His voice. He is pleased and you are favored when you listen to Him and act in obedience. No matter what your circumstances are, experience the power of praising Him. Imagine what it must have been like for the shepherds to see the angel of the Lord and to experience the radiance of His glory. Then envision a huge host of angels—the armies of heaven—appearing. Consider what that vast choir sounded like as

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Happy Thanksgiving from Gene, Carol, and Jason Kent

We’re learning that our lives always change for the better when we develop the moment-by-moment habit of praising God. When good things are happening, it’s easy for us to voice our thanks. But when we’re hurting, we tend to pull back, almost as if we feel punished. After 19 years of Jason’s incarceration, we’re learning to voice our gratitude in the good times and in the difficult times. Join us in worshiping Him without first thinking about whether or not life seems fair.  Have praise on your tongue: Every. Single. Moment. Tell God what your heart rejoices in. Thank Him

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Tell Your Own Story

Once we got through the shocking reality of the arrest, conviction, and sentencing of our son, we had a big decision to make. Would we hide as much of the story as possible, hoping no one in our work, church, and social circles would hear about it? Or would we bring up the subject honestly, admitting the truth of what happened and discussing what we’ve learned in the process of this unwanted and unexpected situation? Over the past few years, I’ve received many comments and questions on this issue: “I’m afraid my neighbors wouldn’t allow their children to play with

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