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Setting boundaries for healing and helping

Setting boundaries for healing and helping

Dear Lucy: I have a friend who has had back trouble for some 20 years following an accident. She has back pain and has gone to lots of doctors and is overweight from lack of exercise. She has now started exploring alternative therapies that she won't do. The problem is that she is so negative, whiney and mean and has nothing good to say about anything or anybody. I help her out a lot, travel with her and work hard to be her friend and support. But she really doesn't want to be well. She just wants to complain. I hate to desert her but it's making me sick! I am the only one left who caters to her and is there for her. Any ideas. – Pained

Dear Pained: I think this is about both of you. She has set her boundaries for healing and you need to set some boundaries for helping.

About her: Many of us have a low threshold for pain and it's worse when we have to live with it daily. It can make you irritable and short tempered. But there are lots of things out there for pain beyond drugs.

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New Direction broadens Pinkout Sunday focus

New Direction broadens Pinkout Sunday focus

While the "pink" in PinkOUT Sunday at New Direction Christian Church has long emphasized Breast Cancer awareness, this year worshippers were encouraged to get "out" of unhealthy relationships as the church recognized both breast cancer and domestic violence awareness in one powerful service.

Worshippers were encouraged to wear pink and/or purple to show their support. All attendees received abuse hotline information, self-examination info about breast cancer and access to counselors who were on-hand to assist during service in private rooms.

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Deacon uses ‘Gifted Hands’ to help boys

Deacon uses ‘Gifted Hands’ to help boys

At The New Olivet Baptist Church, several boys, ages 10 to 18, recently viewed "Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story" and then answered questions and wrote an essay about the movie.

Several of the top scorers were rewarded with a trip to Union University in Jackson, Tenn. to hear Dr. Carson speak at a banquet on Oct. 22nd.

Deacon Herman Draine Jr. coordinated the effort for the youth.

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New CD: Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir, Gospel stars

New CD: Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir, Gospel stars

Recently, some of the leading ladies in gospel music came together for a power-packed live CD recording at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC, the historic Memphis church founded by the late Bishop G.E. Patterson as Bountiful Blessings Church in 1975.

Aside from being a superior preacher, Bishop Patterson was also known for his spirited traditional gospel recordings of standards such as "My Record Will Be There" and "Inside the Gate." His successor, Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins, is carrying on the musical legacy by partnering with Habakkuk Music to release a new CD entitled, "Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents Live In The Sanctuary." The CD features the church's 200-plus voice Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women's Choir.

The twelve song CD hits stores on Nov. 5th, with the album available at a discounted price of $7.99 on iTunes pre-order prior to the release date.

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The Rev. Rufus Smith next up at Hope Church

The Rev. Rufus Smith next up at Hope Church

The largest church in Memphis – and the second largest Presbyterian Church in the country – has announced a new senior pastor. But he's no stranger to the church.

Hope Church has named the Rev. Rufus Smith IV, its current senior associate pastor, to lead the church. Current Senior Pastor Dr. R. Craig Strickland will maintain a very active and visible role within the church in his new position as founding pastor.

Smith will be installed into his new role the weekend of Nov. 16-17.

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Jeremy Lin: Faith, family, academics & then sports

Jeremy Lin: Faith, family,  academics & then sports

"Linsanity" was born in early 2012 when Jeremy Lin, now the starting point guard for the NBA's Houston Rockets, rose to prominence with the New York Knicks as he was on the verge of being cut.

Lin, who consistently points to his faith as his means of dealing with both disappointment and success, talks here about "Linsanity," the new documentary chronicling both his commitment to Christ and his meteoric rise to superstardom.

Kam Williams: Hi Jeremy, thanks for the interview.

Jeremy Lin: My pleasure, Kam.

KW: Why did you allow a film crew to shoot this documentary, especially since they started following you around while you were still at Harvard, well before you became an overnight NBA sensation? Did you have a hunch about how your story was going to turn out?

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The prayers inside the President’s Blackberry

The prayers inside the President’s Blackberry

Washington – One thing is for sure: I didn't feel ready to send morning devotionals to the next President of the United States.

I was a young staffer, 25 years old, on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. I had known Obama for a few years, and at the time worked as faith outreach director for his campaign.

In addition to my professional role reaching out to the faith community, I also personally prayed for Obama by myself each day. I had been an associate pastor at a small Pentecostal church in Boston, and my Christian faith was, and is, the guiding force of my life.

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  • Written by Joshua DuBois/Special to CNN

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