Walking With a Friend Facing Divorce

You and your husband sit broken hearted staring at an empty booth in a restaurant where you once shared sushi and laughter with friends who are now divorced. There is something very sad and disorienting about remembering two people in your life being together — who are now worlds apart. Because there is often so […]

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Rescue for the Bitter Heart

  Here is the scenario: a person who has been wounded in heart seeks counsel on how to handle bitterness. As an antidote the counselor offers the Scripture Proverbs 10:12: “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” The already emotionally weighed down counselee sets out to perform this spiritual directive. But, now […]

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When The Theology Of Grace Is Challenged

  The message of grace has been a sweeping movement in the Christian world and is gaining traction. No matter what background a person happens to come from, it is shaking things up in a good and big way. Yet, recent scandal in the life of one of “graces” biggest proponents, Tullian Tchividjian, (former Senior […]

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The “A” List Women of God

Is it just me, or have you ever noticed that successful Christian women in the church generally have really great hair? Of course I’m jesting, but in all honesty I might not be that far off in projecting a fairly accurate profile. Every arena of life has politics and the church is no exception. As […]

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How Division Can Ruin Relationships

Scripture tells us that “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against itself falls” ( Luke 11:17). Is it any wonder Satan would attack families, friends and neighbors in this very way? He knows the way to collapse or undermine something is by ultimately dividing it. His strategy is […]

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Over Spiritualizing Every Conversation is “Juking” Others

I first came across the word “juking” several years ago when my college-aged daughter brought it to my attention. On a visit home she explained the meaning of this interesting term. I was floored when she defined it as Christians “over spiritualizing” every conversation. In fact, juking is just that, somehow turning every piece of communication […]

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Giving Your Heart to the Wrong Person

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23). While trying to find the one you will marry, giving our heart to the wrong person is a heartbreaking experience. It is not unusual for people to find themselves in a relationship with someone who initially presented himself one […]

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Making A New Years Dissolution

Instead of coming up with yet one more resolution, maybe this year it’s time to add a “dissolution” to our New Year’s list? This is where we make a conscious effort to “dissolve” our own efforts towards ridding that stubborn thorn in our lives that simply will not change. Certainly change is good when appropriate, […]

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Holiday Blues

For some of us Christmas represents one of the most heart-wrenching times of year. As it approaches there is often impending feeling of dread. The lights and jolly songs that fill the streets only increase the ache that reverberates in our hearts. Whether it is the death of a loved one, the end of a […]

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A Thankful Heart in Difficult Times

Thanksgiving is drawing near and for many finding reasons to be thankful can be a bit challenging. In fact, trying to come up with just one noteworthy circumstance or event can even be a chore. It doesn’t help that many of us are feeling a loss of the initial heart and zeal that once shaped […]

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