Ryan Fraser, The Jackson Sun

Ryan Fraser

The Jackson Sun

Tennessee, United States

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How to deal with the repercussions of divorce

Most of our families have been impacted by divorce in some way. It is an incredibly painful experience. Dr. Trina Read has said, “Divorce is the death of a dream you thought was going to last.” Legal separation often occurs for legitimate reasons to innocent people who are caught in toxic, unsustainable relationships. For believers who fail in their marriages there is usually a deep sense of… → Read More

Personal benefits of praise

What is your favorite praise song? There are so many great ones to choose from. Some of my contemporary favorites include: “Mighty to Save,” “How Great is Our God,” “Blessed Be Your Name,” “Here I Am to Worship,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone,” “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” and “In Christ Alone.” The Bible tells us to praise God. A few years ago, I discovered a wonderful acrostic for the… → Read More

The power of prophecy

Prophecy is a biblical concept that is filled with mystery, mystique, and misconceptions. Some religious leaders these days seem to push the notion way beyond the parameters set in Scripture regarding prophecy. So-called prophets may be found all over the Internet, particularly on social media sites. They claim to speak for God, alleging to be direct recipients of special divine knowledge and… → Read More

Meekness in an era of entitlement

We live in a day and age of entitlement. People in our secularized society are essentially spoiled. We have become accustomed to getting what we want. McDonald’s even has a slogan of “Have it your way!” I’m not sure they realized just how demanding certain people could actually be. Some folks have the idea that the universe owes them something and that they deserve special treatment. Social… → Read More

Forever changed at church camp

I would like to begin my column this week with a special greeting and my heartfelt appreciation to a very special person who, as far as I know, remains my oldest reader. I’m speaking of Mrs. Lois Yates from Lexington, TN, who is 106 years old. Her granddaughter, Cathy Maples, of Henderson reminded me about her wonderful grandmother earlier this week. Mrs. Lois, thank you for being such a loyal… → Read More

Gone missing in action

A few days ago, we celebrated Memorial Day. The original purpose of this national holiday was to remember and honor the brave American soldiers who lost their lives, while protecting our country and preserving our freedom. Sadly, the bodily remains of many of them have never been found and/or returned to U.S. soil. For instance, there are tens of thousands of missing military service personnel… → Read More

Imperfectly perfect through Jesus Christ

“I can’t get anything right. Nothing I do is ever good enough!” Some of us struggle with the issue of perfectionism in our lives. This draining and debilitating psychological condition is a losing proposition with no real up side. Those who are severe perfectionists are often maladaptively coping with their personal history of being raised in a very strict or unforgiving home environment and… → Read More

We're created to crave connection

By nature, God created human beings to be inherently relational creatures. When Adam found none of the other creatures (or animals) in the Garden of Eden to be like him, to be his equal, he felt alone, isolated, and disconnected (Gen. 2). That’s why God created a partner for him, a woman named Eve, who was his perfect match and companion. I often tell my counseling students that all human beings… → Read More

Healthy relationships don’t come easy

Are you a good friend to others? We were created for relationship! Relationship with God, others, and self – even a close connection to our natural world in which we live. It’s critically important for our sense of well-being and that of those around us. Good relationships require consistent hard work, careful ongoing maintenance, and a spirit of humility. It doesn’t make a difference what the… → Read More

Coping with loss and grief

The first major loss I can remember suffering in my life was the death of my paternal grandfather, Hugh Wyndham Fraser, a World War II veteran. He passed away when I was five years old in 1973. Though I did not attend the funeral, I vividly remember walking around by myself on the front lawn of our home in South Africa, while my parents were away at the service, and how sad I felt inside. I… → Read More

Praying in the Spirit

Prayer is an important topic often addressed in sermons and Bible classes at church. The why, when, where, who, and what are frequently outlined: (1) Why is it important?; (2) When is it appropriate?; (3) Where ought we to do it?; (4) Who should we pray to/through; and (5) What should we cover in it? However, something many of us have perhaps shied away from is the related topic of the how as it… → Read More

The Resurrection means new life

About a month ago, my wife and I decided to plant a beautiful Belle of Georgia peach tree on the northeast side of our home. When we selected the young seven-foot tree at Four Seasons Nursery & Garden Center in south Jackson, it was in pink flower—absolutely gorgeous. One of the friendly and knowledgeable managers, Adam Cyr, took time to carefully explain everything we needed to know about… → Read More

I’m feeling taxed!

I’m feeling taxed! → Read More

Yes! Jesus loves me!

Yes! Jesus loves me! → Read More

The meaning of fellowship

This week at mid-week Bible study, our capable adult class teacher, David Lynch, explored the biblical concept of “Fellowship.” It was a delight to learn from his wisdom and experience. He pointed out the theological importance of togetherness and unity in God’s eyes, and the biblical basis of our meaningful spiritual relationship with one another in Christ. Key scriptural texts – such as those… → Read More

Addressing suicide with our teenagers

When I was a kid, I don’t remember hearing of any teenagers ever committing suicide. My how times have changed! Did you know that the suicide rate for young people aged 15-24 has nearly tripled since 1960? In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year 4,600 individuals in this age group kill themselves. Suicide has become “the third leading cause of death… → Read More

Causes and remedies for teen depression

This week, I continue with my series on teenage depression. Last week’s column uncovered the most recent statistics and the symptoms surrounding clinical depression as it relates to adolescents. In today’s column, I will explore potential causes of this mental health disorder as well as recommend some proven remedies. A variety of causes have been posited for teenage depression. One of these… → Read More

Why are our teenagers so depressed?

Why are our teenagers so depressed? → Read More

You are more, because He is more

My sole purpose in this week’s column is to remind you of something you probably already know, but quite possibly have forgotten along the way. Maybe events have occurred in your life recently that have caused you to question your faith, your own worth, and your redeem-ability. Perhaps you feel like you have made some huge mistakes that have permanently put you out of reach from God’s love,… → Read More

Stan R. Mitchell: We’ve lost a friend and great spiritual example

Stan R. Mitchell: We’ve lost a friend and great spiritual example → Read More