Life Changes

The mother’s heart grieved as the son God had created and blessed her with walked deeper into the gay (original text is GID) lifestyle. Six long years she watched him pursue this deception and turn his back on all who loved him. As Joseph was taken from his homeland to be sold to an Egyptian slave master, did he wonder why God wasn’t helping him? Back home, his father, Jacob, grieved, believing Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. No waiting by Jacob for returning so; just life long grief. But God had a plan to save all people,…

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Wishes for Christmas

Denise and the Staff and Board of Living Stones Ministries wish to send a Merry Christmas to you. As Christmas approaches, know you are in my prayers. May you be filled with joy and laughter as you celebrate our Lord’s birth. You are treasured by God and by us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to walk with you on your life’s journey. Thank you for being our precious family and honoring us with your prayers and gifts that enable us to continue in ministry! May the Eternal God, who hears every prayer, bless you and your family this…

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Dear Friend,

Dear Friend, As family and friends begin to make plans for Thanksgiving, the observance is expected to be filled with food and laughter, celebrating the holiday that started with the pilgrim’s grateful hearts, way back in 1621. As this year’s celebration draws closer, plans to celebrate with a big and fabulous meal go into motion. Turkeys, fresh and frozen, fill grocery store refrigerators and freezers, and soon find their way into homes, as families await the big day. Consumers purchase loads of pumpkin pie filling and whipped cream. Thanksgiving decorations are hung on doors or arranged on shelves above the…

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Healing & Restoration: Written by former transgender

Healing and restoration is a process. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t happen as quickly as many of us wish. I had to first begin to painfully expose my secrets to trustworthy brothers and sisters in the Church. While I fully expected their rejection, I experienced instead their love and care, acceptance and compassion. This simple act of exposing my true thoughts and struggles took the fuse out of the interior bomb of my wounded soul. I began implementing the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, slightly adapting the principles to fit my own situation. I took my journals, opening up my “dark…

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The Vision of the Marriage Car

We come to God’s Altar and we make our marriage vows. I said, “I choose you, _________ to be my beloved husband. You said, “I choose you, _________, to be my beloved wife. Together we said. “From this day forward, to become one with you and to share all that is to come, and I promise to love you, to care for you, and to be faithful to you until death parts us.” We get into the car, the Marriage Car. You are in the driver seat and I am on the passenger side. Later there are children are in…

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Do Genetics Rule?

Like so many others have done, do now, and will do when they search for their identity, I was looking for my core sense of who I was. Is one’s identity tied inexorably to his or her genetics and genealogy? Are we destined to be the product of our ancestors’ genetics and parenting styles? Can we rise above bad parental examples? I come from Polish and Indian roots. My family was deeply broken and full of pain. And, had I not met and married Mark Shick, who introduced me to my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, I suspect I would…

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The Real Attack

Job seemed to have an established, solid identity: blameless, upright, God-fearing, wealthy man. For a time, Satan stole that identity from him. But Job’s identity—and his wealth—was restored when he came to fully understand God’s identity as the sovereign creator and judge. But something much bigger was going on in Satan’s attack on Job. Satan was actually attacking God. Essentially, Satan accused God of bribing people to obey and follow Him Satan often still does the same thing when he attacks us—he attacks God through us. When we think of an enemy, we often look at another person. But remember,…

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He Created Them

The Bible tells us God created the world and everything in it, including humans; the Bible reveals both human sin and every person’s need of a savior from sin. The Bible also plainly states God created just two genders: “When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them” (Genesis 5:1-2). When a person claims to be of a third gender (or of the gender opposite of his or her birth), then we can be certain that demonic forces are behind that person’s confusion. Those demonic forces are attempting to…

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Finding Comfort

Everyone is on a journey of self-discovery. For me, that journey involved a period of crossdressing—and also in finding comfort in God’s deep love. The first incident I can recall of moving in the direction of crossdressing was at about age 8, when I painted my face, as if I were a woman wearing makeup. A bit later, at a scout pageant celebrating knights of old, we wore outfits that looked like dresses. I wore mine again at home, and when I did it felt more like a dress to me. Following that episode, for several years, I secretly wore…

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How Do You Pray?

Have you ever admitted to God, “I’m done. There’s nothing left of me”? What can we do? The Word of God directs us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Yet we often forget to pray consistently, passionately. In fact, we may pray only when we feel desperate or hopeless. How can we move toward more meaningful, intimate conversations with God? First, avoid “meaningless repetition” and “empty phrases” (Matthew 6:7). Anyone can fall into this trap. Instead of repeating words and phrases that sound spiritual, use honest, sincere words that reflect your actual feelings. God cares about your heart, your…

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