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Joshua 7:1

"And the anger of the LORD burned against the people of Israel."

Psalm 86:15

"But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness."

Ephesians 4:26-27

"Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil."
Inside Out Anger

Who here experiences anger? This is not just the frustration or annoyed kind of anger. This is the all...out...rage. It could be there for no good reason. It could be a small thing that set you off. It could be a legitimate reason. It could be towards a situation, teammate or coach, your kids, spouse, etc. It could even be towards yourself or God.

It could be contained within the walls of your cerebral cortex or it could sometimes explode like Anger from Inside Out when the emotion was just too much to contain. The location, surroundings and means as to which the emotion comes out can vary greatly person to person.

Not everyone deals with this. But more people do than we realize. It can be easy to hide but a real struggle that is necessary to talk about.

We don't like it. But it's so hard to control when it comes. Why does this happen? What do we do with it when it does come? Hormones may biologically be raging. Kids may just not...be...listening or the spouse is just...not...helping, though they are trying and love is really there.

Maybe you've been trying to reach out to someone with God's love over and over and over again, but they just don't receive it or get it. You desperately want them to find healing and freedom.

Maybe you are SO mad at yourself because you aren't being the person you want to be and are trying SO hard to be.

While unable to be comprehensive, here are some key things to help give perspective and channel anger properly...

1. God (including Jesus) got incredibly angry yet was sinless. It is a normal emotion. Don't feel guilty for experiencing it. Accept that it's there.
2. What matters is what you do with your anger. If you tend to hurt yourself or others when anger explodes, ask for help and seek a different channel to express and work through your anger. Talk about it. And then confess and work through making things right when you have wronged yourself or others.
3. Ask God to reveal the root reason as to why you get angry. Seek Him and seek answers. He is a God who heals and restores and desires to.
4. God is the one who changes hearts. Our job is to be faithful and obedient, no matter how long it takes. Look at how patient and faithful God is with every one of us. He exhibits more patience than anger with His peoples' disobedience.
5. Be angry at the lack of reverence for our God. Be angry at injustice and unrighteousness. But do...not...sin. And do not hold on to anger. That is where Satan gets a foothold. Confront anger. Ask God to reveal Himself and help you through it. Ask Him to provide someone to come alongside you in the process.

Whenever you feel like Anger from Inside Out, stop, take a breath, recognize it for what it is, and ask God to help you turn your anger inside out to be dealt with in a healthy way that brings life and peace.
Blog  Blog
Bringing Christ into the Locker Room
By: Lucy Sare

As Lucy closes her collegiate basketball career, she looks back and sees how God powerfully worked in and through her and her teammates. From a timid freshman to a courageous senior leader, the spiritual atmosphere of her team drastically changed and now has a perspective greater than just winning basketball games. Click to read more about how Lucy listened to God and brought Him into the locker room.

Resources  Resources
Sum it Up
By: Pat Summit

Becoming a head basketball coach at just 21, Pat Summit lived many years in a profession unlike any other. She not only lived as a coach but succeeded as a coach. And not just because of all the wins and other achievements. She's had plenty of struggles along the way including the diagnosis of Alzheimer's that led to her death in the summer of 2016. The disease did not stop her, and she shares how her personal ups and downs of life were really what led to her success. They helped put everything else into the right perspective. Check out her book to be inspired from her life.
Manly Minute   ManlyMinute
Thanking God for our Men


A couple things. None of us would exist if men weren't in the picture. And everyone who has a mom, is a mom or will be a mom, wouldn't be one without men in the picture. These are plain and simple facts.

Especially with Mother's Day approaching, let's just take a little time to thank God for the men in our lives. Our grandfathers, our fathers, our husbands, our fathers-in-law and even our brothers.

While they do not ultimately make us who we are, and some may not be who we want to see them be, they are a crucial, fundamental part in allowing God to give us life and the roles we've been given.

"Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ."
Ephesians 5:15-21
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