Hardships

From Gangster to a Pillar of the Community

From Gangster to a Pillar of the Community

Once a gangster, Sanjay Rao has become a respected business owner who shares with people in his community about Jesus.


 

VIDEO: Christian vs Christian

VIDEO: Christian vs Christian

If we Christians don’t take reconciliation seriously, we are creating an added barrier between people and Jesus. How can we practically be a part of the solution, not the problem?

 

4 Things to Remember When You’re Discouraged

4 Things to Remember When You’re Discouraged

I went through a period where I was struggling with feelings of anxiety and guilt about my performance as a Christian. Then God showed me I was looking at myself and my flaws in the wrong way. 

Being a Friend to the Mourning

Being a Friend to the Mourning

It can be hard to know how to be a friend when you’re needed most. There are practical ways to show your love and care to a friend who is grieving. 
 

How Comfort Is Actually Killing Us

How Comfort Is Actually Killing Us

What does embracing the cultural value of comfort actually do to our souls?



 

Dear Dad, You Have Grandchildren Now

Dear Dad, You Have Grandchildren Now

A Cru staff member’s letter to his deceased father, lamenting the loss and considering the influence on his own parenthood. 

The Unseen Crisis Among College Women

The Unseen Crisis Among College Women

Chronic mental health problems are on the rise, raising serious issues for those working with female students.

 

Do You Feel Like You’ve Failed God?

Do You Feel Like You’ve Failed God?

Elliott juxtaposes the stories of Peter and Judas, as well as shares some of his personal story, to demonstrate the different ways we can respond to spiritual failure.

 

Heart of Racism

Heart of Racism

Naomi describes the new “implicit” racism that our country faces today. She recounts her personal experiences with racism, speaks to its heart issue, and gives next steps for readers at different stages in their journeys with this issue.

Resources for the Struggles of Life

Resources for the Struggles of Life

If you are suffering from something specific today, here are some articles that may help you.

 

Bullying Almost Broke Me

Bullying Almost Broke Me

I never wanted to forgive those who hurt me.



 

Why We Struggle With Living in Freedom

Why We Struggle With Living in Freedom

We have been released from slavery yet, day after day, many of us remain slaves to ourselves, not knowing how to live freely.

Do People Think I’m Overreacting?

Do People Think I’m Overreacting?

Have you noticed that when life seems to press you on all sides, the black mold of your heart surfaces…or is that just me?

 

How to Lead When Tragedy Strikes

How to Lead When Tragedy Strikes

What do you do when people are looking to you to respond to a tragedy? Here are 3 specific things the Cru ministry in Venezuela learned when they experienced loss.

But Christians Aren’t Supposed To Be Broken

But Christians Aren’t Supposed To Be Broken

The depression was gone, but I was surprised to find that the brokenness remained. My wound had been healed, and I was still broken. 
 

What If Healing Doesn’t Happen?

What If Healing Doesn’t Happen?

How do you react when you’re met with suffering and see no end in sight? Can your hope increase even when your circumstances don’t change?

How to Find God in a Painful Life

How to Find God in a Painful Life

The book of Job illustrates how we can relate to God when we suffer.


 

How to Find Hope in the Midst of Suffering

How to Find Hope in the Midst of Suffering

The book of Job illustrates how God relates to us when we suffer.

 

Why You're Stuck in Your Faith Journey

Why You're Stuck in Your Faith Journey

If you’re not growing, it might be because you’re not helping someone else.

 

When You Can't Get It Together

When You Can't Get It Together

“I began to tell Him what he already knew: I can’t do it. I can’t make sure everybody likes me. I can’t stop eating sugar. I can’t focus in my time with Him.”

How Not to Forget God's Promises

How Not to Forget God's Promises

We are easily prone to forget the things God has done in our lives and promised us in Scripture. Here are a few ways to keep remembering.
 

Her Decision to Die

Her Decision to Die

The news of 29-year-old Brittany Maynard’s death flooded news outlets earlier this month. But did Brittany miss something that others facing suffering find?

What I Did After Surviving a Mass Shooting

What I Did After Surviving a Mass Shooting

Jim Tucker chooses forgiveness after being shot by the gunman that also injured congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Why I Don't Tell You About My Life

Why I Don't Tell You About My Life

I don’t mind helping other people through hard situations, but letting them help me is hard.

 

I Can't Repent

I Can't Repent

No amount of hand-wringing or plotting on my part is going to bring about a repentant heart.



 

How Do I Give Thanks Even in Suffering?

How Do I Give Thanks Even in Suffering?

Thanksgiving is no quick, easy fix, or recipe for skipping past our emotions. In fact, it’s the opposite. When your fists are balled, hold onto God who can take on any anxiety.

When the World Feels Unsafe

When the World Feels Unsafe

What do you do when tragedy reminds you of the fragile state of this world?



 

The Significance of Trials

The Significance of Trials

I believe that often trials come into our lives in four thinly veiled disguises that can prevent us from recognizing and embracing their transforming superpower.

Do You Understand the World?

Do You Understand the World?

A new way of understanding the state of our world.



 

Charleston: We Mourn With You

Charleston: We Mourn With You

I don’t know how to respond as a white American Christian who is part of the majority culture. I can’t fully understand the pain or the depth of the wounds. But I’m still hurting.

When ISIS Gets Personal

When ISIS Gets Personal

Although this situation is darker, scarier, and bigger than we can wrap our minds or hearts around, we can make a difference.
 

A World of Evil and Suffering

A World of Evil and Suffering

Some people have asked me where God is at horrible times like these and how I can continue to believe in God when there is so much evidence to the contrary. 

Safe in the Middle East

Safe in the Middle East

What the Boston Marathon bombing taught me about God.


 

Ferguson, Race, and God's Work in My Heart

Ferguson, Race, and God's Work in My Heart

The events surrounding this tragedy have caused me to examine the condition of our country and the condition of my own heart.



 

Partnering For a Common Cause

Partnering For a Common Cause

Partnering doesn’t happen around worship, prayer or doctrine, but around things we care about.





 

Why Justice Matters: The Justice Cycle of Momentum

Why Justice Matters: The Justice Cycle of Momentum

With injustice penetrating so many elements of our country and the world, how can we, as campus ministers and students, know God more deeply while being agents of justice for those who are oppressed?

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Rasool Berry talks about how to handle conflict in a healthy manner.


 

Embracing Death

Embracing Death

In December 2010, Rick James lost his mom. Two days after the funeral, he gave this talk at TCX in Minneapolis. Listen to this unique perspective on death and discipleship.

Finding Home

Finding Home

Returning from overseas to care for her mother brings life lessons for staff member Alice Fredricks.


 

Recognizing God's Goodness

Recognizing God's Goodness

Cru missionaries, the Steinborns, see a gift -- even when wrapped in hardship.

Trusting God As I Wait

Trusting God As I Wait

How do I trust God as I wait?

 

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Learn how to offer others a share of the grace you have received.
 

Winter Olympic Athlete Tells Why She Skates

Winter Olympic Athlete Tells Why She Skates

Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej plays forward on the U.S. Women's National Hockey Team in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Faith Stronger than Hatchets

Faith Stronger than Hatchets

Assassins brutally attacked Sara, Tomas, and their 2 young daughters while the family was sleeping. Read Sara’s true story of tested faith.

Following God Through the Choices

Following God Through the Choices

What do you do when God places choices in front of you? Pray or follow your own desire? 
 

Does Your Job "Matter" Enough?

Does Your Job "Matter" Enough?

Students are facing a common inner struggle for today’s young evangelicals: the decision between a career in ministry or a job in the marketplace.

In Their Steps

In Their Steps

Throughout history, Christians have demonstrated God's concern for the poor and oppressed. Cru is enhancing its discipleship ministries with a growing social conscience...

Remembering Ferguson

Remembering Ferguson

An African American man explains how he experiences the death of Mike Brown and other black men, and what we can all to do move toward healing. 

Lessons From a Tragedy 40 Years Ago

Lessons From a Tragedy 40 Years Ago

40 years ago, a flood took the lives of 143 people, including 7 women on staff with Cru. The aftermath might have some lessons for us today.

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