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Making Things Right When You Mess Up

Making Things Right When You Mess Up

“Good relationships are four parts liking each other and seven parts forgiveness.” Quote by Jennifer Thomas Gary Chapman’s bestselling book, The 5 Love Languages has become a classic. To have blissful relationships, showing love is a must. To have happy friends and...

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A Prayer for Church Leaders

A Prayer for Church Leaders

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them— not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve.” 1 PETER 5 :2 Recite God's Goodness You, Jesus, are the head of Your...

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How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

How to Speak with an Atheist about Christianity

“Speaking with an Atheist about Christianity” is what Robert, a pastor in France, did with me 15 years ago. I affirmed there was no God, and I despised religion. Several months later, I was a believer. Several years after that, I was a Christian philosopher. Looking...

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Five Ways to Have a More Peaceful Home

Five Ways to Have a More Peaceful Home

“Why are you doing that? Stop! Stop! STOP!” I was out of control. I screamed so loud my throat hurt. He was just being two. My son had gotten out all the cereal boxes and dumped them out onto the floor. When I started yelling for him to stop, he began stuffing all the...

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The Facts About Healthy Relationships

The Facts About Healthy Relationships

Saturday, my teen groused around the house. When my efforts to cheer her didn’t work, certainly that indicated she would rather spend Saturday with anyone but me.  Feeling rejected, I felt tempted to give the silent treatment or unload my hurt with a barbed jab. “When...

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SCOTUS LEAK

SCOTUS LEAK

It was the summer of 2007. I had just completed a 40-day fast. When I started the fast, my goal was to get to know the Lord on a deeper level, hope to get a better hold of my flesh, and maybe even experience something supernatural. When I look back, it was quite...

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Four Truths About Envy

Four Truths About Envy

I’m eating lunch with my new neighbor, Rosa. As I sit in her apartment eating chicken-tinga tostadas, she shares her story. Five years ago, she left two daughters behind and traveled to a new country—my country—with the hope of earning enough money to care for their...

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Approaching the Almighty with Confidence

Approaching the Almighty with Confidence

When we pray, we can approach God with confidence, for our faith rests upon His character, not upon promises. Promises are as good as the character of the one who made the promise. So when I read my Bible, I have a promise. This is the confidence we have in Him. If...

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Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Learning How to Apologize to Yourself

Apologizing to oneself requires self-talk. Perhaps you have heard someone say, “Talking to yourself is a sign of mental illness.” Wrong! Mentally healthy people always talk to themselves – encouraging themselves, advising themselves, questioning themselves. Some of...

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Going It Alone

Going It Alone

Henri Nouwen writes, “Pain suffered alone feels very different from pain suffered alongside another. Even when the pain stays, we know how great the difference if another draws close, if another shares with us in it. This kind of comfort comes most fully and...

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Finding Our Way Home

Finding Our Way Home

There are two things that really stress me out. Getting lost and asking for directions. Perhaps that is why I am such a fan of GPS technology. Outside of the wheel, my vote for the greatest human invention is the Global Positioning System. Whether I find myself in a...

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“Tell Me More”

“Tell Me More”

In her historical narrative on Joseph, Jacob’s deserted son, American writer Madeleine L’Engle carefully unpacked the customs and culture around this crucial figure in Jewish history. She did this for a specific reason: We need to consider the full contours of a story...

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