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The Burden of Guilt & Shame (Part 1)

Ashley Chesnut
Although guilt and shame travel together, they are not the same thing.
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The Joy of Worship

Brook Hills
I can’t think of time when music was not something that I enjoyed. Most of my earliest memories pretty much revolve around music. My mom loves to tell people that when I would be sitting in my car...
Women

The Agony of Anxiety

Ashley Chesnut
I was hit with a wave of anxiety because of
Women

BH Women's Rewind

Ashley Chesnut
We had a wonderful night of conversation last week as we "rewound" the summer sermon series together around tables. Included below
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Be a Buddy

Scarlet Thompson
It’s been said you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. That was exactly the case for our family when it came to the chance to worship Christ with others. It was 2008, a few years after a...
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Armando Noé

Brook Hills
My name is Armando Noé. I’m from Guatemala. I have been in the U.S. since 2004, and I came to Alabama around 2006. I was raised in a Christian family, but I didn’t really know the Lord. I went to...
Women

An Unexpected Gift

BH Women Contributor
What if people found out I had a bipolar disorder? Would they think less of me or wonder if all of my genuine smiles and bursts of laughter were just an act or the result of some manic high?
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Desire to Make Disciples

Jay Gordon
My name is Jay Gordon. My role at Brook Hills is as Adults and Small Groups Minister. The call on my life to work in adults and discipleship started 32 years ago. I was serving a small church in...
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Steve & Karen Dewhirst: Ministering through Apartment Life

Brook Hills
We were involved in ministry preaching and teaching for 38 years and recognized that the group we were associated with was not where we needed to be. So we just walked away from it and didn’t know...
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Mfreke Obot

Brook Hills
My real name is Mfrekemfon Obot. That’s what my parents named me but since I came here not everybody can pronounce the entire thing so I just shortened it up to Mfreke Obot. I’m 27. I was born in...
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Nate Farrow

Brook Hills
I see my role in singles ministry as trying to bridge that gap between college students and young married adult. And I’m not interested in just seeing the Singles Ministry itself growing and...
Women

A Closet Hater

Ashley Chesnut
But that’s what happened this spring. And it took taking a class on “problematic emotions” for me to recognize it.
Women

Haters Gonna Hate, But Not Christians

Ashley Chesnut
politics and laws do not change people’s hearts, which is why we are a nation still divided this long after Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Act.
Women

Making Peace With Your Past (Book Review)

BH Women Contributor
tired of living in the past or of being defined by their past
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Living with Purpose

Ande Underwood
The call from a friend, followed by a voice mail, came in about 9:30 in the morning on June 10th. Since I was on vacation, I did not have my phone in the same room. I returned the call about an hour...
Women

When Our Feelings Do Not Match Our Beliefs (Part 2)

Ashley Chesnut
Don’t carry around the guilt Christ came to set you free from.
Women

When Our Feelings Do Not Match Our Beliefs (Part 1)

Ashley Chesnut
Have you ever experienced a disconnect between what you knew to be true and how you felt?
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As We Go...

Rocky Mayo
If you had told us three years ago that it would be difficult to leave Birmingham, it would have been pretty hard to believe you. As natives of southern California, the South seemed like a foreign...
Women

Am I Emotionally Unhealthy?

Ashley Chesnut
You might have read these descriptions and thought, “Oh no! That’s me!”
Women

Emotions & Smoke Detectors

Ashley Chesnut
There wasn’t a fire. In fact, I even had a warning
Stories

A Father's Day Reflection

Chris Kinsley
My wife, Liza, will tell you I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to have kids, but that’s not precisely correct. I always wanted to be a father. I mean, it wasn’t something I passionately pursued for...
Women

God and Emotions and You

Ashley Chesnut
It is a lie that we cannot control our emotions.
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Casey Boss

The Church at Brook Hills
I pray a lot, about all kinds of things. But I especially pray that the Lord would open my eyes to what girls and all our students are going through. I see them going to school, and it’s totally...
Women

Discipling Your Emotions

Ashley Chesnut
This scene in Inside Out is my favorite in the entire movie. Don’t you wish you could have such running commentary
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