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2A COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL MARCH 15, 2017
We all go through hard times in this life and have issues we need
to deal with. While it’s not easy to face challenges or things that
have caused pain, it can actually help us if we let God use them to
do a good work in us.
James 1:12 (AMPC) says, “Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the
man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for
when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the
victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love
This verse is talking about how going through diffi cult times and
resisting temptation to sin tests and tries us, revealing our true char-
acter. It prepares us to pass our tests so we can be promoted and
move forward in God’s plans for us.
It’s time to stop running from things that are hard, that we’re
avoiding or putting off because we just don’t want to confront them.
I’m talking about issues like debt, an addiction, poor health due to
bad habits, unhealthy relationships, messes caused by bad choices
that have led you to live in self-pity…or anything else that is mak-
ing you feel guilty, frustrated and weary.
Maybe you’ve been living with a broken heart—an emotional
wound—that’s been bleeding for way too long. Perhaps you have
an anger issue, bitterness, or insecurity that causes you to be easily
offended and hard to get along with.
Whatever your “issues” are, they are not just hang-ups, weakness-
es or things you have to live with. They are giants coming against
you in your walk with Christ. And as a believer in Jesus, you don’t
have to live with any giant—you are a giant killer!
Confront Your Giants
In 1 Samuel 17, we read about David, the shepherd boy who con-
quered Goliath, the Philistine giant who was oppressing the Isra-
elite army. David’s brothers were soldiers, and his father sent him
to the battlefi eld to take provisions to them. When he heard about
Goliath, David asked, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he
should defy the armies of the living God?” (v. 26).
It bothered David that these Israelite men of God were standing
around, letting Goliath intimidate them, so he said, “I’ll fi ght him!”
But King Saul didn’t think he could defeat the giant.
So David told Saul how he had killed the lion and the bear when
they came after his sheep. Then he said, “And this uncircumcised
Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defi ed the armies of
the living God!” (v. 36).
You’ve probably heard the story: he took his slingshot and fi ve
smooth stones, “ran quickly toward the battle line” (v. 48), and
killed Goliath. David used what he had and ran toward the battle—
not away from it. God blessed him and made him a giant killer, and
He wants to do the same thing for you!
Learn the Best Strategy for Battle
The fi rst step in confronting your giants is making the decision
that you won’t live with them any longer but you will trust God to
help you do what you need to do to be free of them. Your attitude
should be: I am a giant killer, and I’m not running from my prob-
lems anymore. I’m going to take responsibility for the messes I’ve
made and stop making excuses to avoid them. I’m trusting God to
show me what I need to do, and by His grace, I’ll do it!
Remember that we are partners with God: We have a part to do
and He has a part to do. He won’t do our part, and we can’t do His
part. When we do what we can do, He will always do what we can-
not do. But we have to be willing to obey His direction, doing what
He shows us to do.
The next step is to study the Word; look up every scripture in the
Bible that addresses the issue and meditate on each one. Write them
down and put them places where you’ll see them often. Pray and
ask God to help you apply His Truth to your life. It can also help
to read books about the subject, and if you need it, get professional
help, like counseling.
As you spend time with God, praying and studying Scripture, He
will work in your heart, healing your wounds, strengthening your
faith, and showing you how to move forward to overcome your
The truth is, you don’t have to live defeated, with a broken heart
and emotional pain. Make your mind up today: “I’m not going to
get stuck in the past and give up my future because of something
that hurt me. I can’t go back and undo it, but I can go forward in
Christ. I will have a whole heart and be healed because Jesus came
to heal the brokenhearted. I am a giant killer!”
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Glen Edwin Strawn
Glen was the beloved son, brother, husband, fa-
ther, step-father, grandfather, great-grandfather,
great-great grandfather, uncle, cousin, great-uncle
and a wonderful friend.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and
Edna of Idabel Okla., and his siblings, Louise, Do-
evin Reed, Darvin, Howard and Morris Dale Strawn.
He is mourned by his loving brother, Kim Strawn
of Lyons, Oregon, who is his living sibling.
Glen had four wives in his life: Bettie Jane Hes-
ter, Billie Loretta Adams, Helen Coffman Williams
Strawn and Theresa Strawn. He was father to two
sons, Billy Huff and Larry Strawn, who have both
passed. He was step-father to six children and one
adopted son that he lovingly raised with his wife of
58 years Helen. His step-children, Wynell Wheel-
er of Idabel, Okla., Leon Williams and Joann But-
ler, both of Cottage Grove, have passed. His liv-
ing step-children are Bonnie Ellis and Sue Bailey
of Cottage Grove and Kay Dennis of Anchorage,
Alaska. His adopted son, George Strawn, resides in
Texas. He has may grandchildren, great-grandchil-
dren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews,
grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins and friends
in multiple states including Alaska, Arizona, Arkan-
sas, California, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas
Glen was a truck driver and master mechanic of
big rigs. His nickname was Toolbox.
Leeroy Thompson was Glen’s lifelong best friend
who was at his side to his last breath.
Glen was a kind and caring man that will be
missed by the many people who knew and loved
him. Arrangements under the care of Bunch-Sin-
George A. Alm Jr., 83, of
Cottage Grove, died Feb. 27.
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Delores Lynn Chamberlain
Reddick died February 21, 2017.
Delores was born to John Jeremiah
Chamberlain and Mary Ellen Bryant
in Monmouth, Oregon on January
11, 1949. Growing up in Monmouth
and Salem, she made life long
friends, and left long lasting impres-
sions as an avant guard lover of the arts, and an intellectual, even as
a young woman. In 1960 she shook JFKs hand as he campaigned
for President at the Oregon state fair. Her adventurous life contin-
ued when she went to San Francisco to attend design school and
became deeply involved in political activism, at one time meeting
with Muhammad Ali prior to his 1968 speech on civil rights and
against the Vietnam War. In SF she married Charles Edward Da-
vidson and they had a son, John-Paull Davidson in 1971. In the
1970s, she became a nurse and settled in Bend, Oregon where she
again made many lifelong friends. Lynns long career in Nursing
led her to the Cottage Grove Hospital in the 80s where she met and
married Warren Reddick. Together with Aaron, Warren’s son, and
John-Paull, they built a modernist home in the country. Lynn was
an active member of the alter guild in the Episcopal Church, and
enjoyed exploring religious theology in many Episcopal retreats.
She was an active volunteer, working in the local food bank, and as
an English language instructor. An avid art enthusiast, she curated
art in local galleries with her venture, The Reddick Gallery. She
also had a small business called I’m Not Martha in which she did
catering and wedding planning. Her family and friends remember
her as a truly “one of a kind” personality with a brilliant intellec-
tual mind, artistic fl air, an uncompromising strength of mind, the
life of the party, a “dancing fool” and a daring chef always aiming
to wow her guests. She will be missed. As in one of her favor-
ite songs, “Midnight Train to Georgia” and after her long battle
with illness, she is now residing in “a simpler place in time”. She
is survived by her sons Aaron Reddick and John-Paull Davidson,
grandchildren Risa and Anne Davidson and Evan Reddick, and her
sister Jane Pennington, niece Mai Lin Forsman and grand-niece
Jae Lynn Shin. Her memorial will be held at St Andrews Episcopal
Church March 18, 2 pm. A wake will be held at her residence in
Cottage Grove at 4:30pm. The family asks donations be made in
her name to either St. Andrews Cottage Grove Episcopal Relief
or the Cottage Grove Humane Society. Arrangements by Smith-
Lund-Mills Funeral Chapel, 123 S. 7th St., Cottage Grove, OR
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