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Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2012’

How to Encourage Struggling People

It sure is easy to say the wrong thing to someone who is struggling. It’s even (temporarily) easy to say nothing at all and just avoid the person. But to say an apt word? An apple of gold in a vessel of beaten silver (Prov. 25:11)? How difficult! How (seemingly) impossible. But this article (that references one of my favorite …

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Fear Not Retreat & Biblical Peacemaking Retreat FREE AUDIO

I was sharing some teaching notes with a new friend in Ethiopia (to help her prep for some teachings she will be doing on biblical peacemaking) and I remembered that the super cool Living Water Community Church has free audio recordings available for both of my most-requested women’s retreats. If you sort by “preacher” Tara Barthel, “Sermons” 531, 532, 533, …

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Visiting Fred at the Peacemaker Ministries Office (and Baby Micah is Cancer Free!)

I love living in a small town like Billings. One of my favorite things? Stopping by Fred’s office at Peacemaker Ministries just to say hello. BTW—For those of you who don’t know about the (truly miraculous! amazing!) news re: sweet baby Micah (born to a Peacemaker staff member at Christmastime 2010 with metasticized liver cancer) … We received a two …

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Enthusiasm for dominoes or white mice …

I am re-reading some of my favorite C.S. Lewis books and thoroughly enjoying peeking into very-young-Tara-ness because of my (near constant) underlining and notes in the margins. My old paperback books may be falling apart, but that doesn’t mean I’m not immediately transported back to First United Presbyterian Church (Moline, Illinois) and Augustana College and Dr. Paul Jensen’s Sunday School …

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Chesed and Emet

I love this classic article by David Powlison, not just for its application to marriage, but for its wisdom re: all relationships: Renewing Intimacy: Closing the Gap between You and Your Spouse This is my favorite paragraph: “In the Old Testament two Hebrew words are often used to describe God: chesed and emet. Chesed is translated in the Old Testament …

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Why I pray now for my daughters’ future husbands re: p*rn

Incredibly sad. Sobering. A call to prayer and action! Teens and P*rn: Ten Stats You Need to Know

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Through the Bible Through the Year

We are all enjoying Fred’s reading for us each evening: John Stott’s “Through the Bible, Through the Year: Daily Reflections from Genesis to Revelation” Tonight, we go to bed with these verses in our hearts: “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may …

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Minimizing Our Suffering

Have you ever looked around your life and seen so many people “truly” suffering that you are tempted to minimize your own? Doesn’t it sometimes feel selfish and self-indulgent to weep over your (small amount of) pain when there are people “out there” who are REALLY experiencing TRUE pain? I struggle with this propensity myself and I hear it in …

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Feeling Guilty …

Throughout this last week, I’ve had a number of really awful things I’ve done in the past just JUMP on me. I’ve physically cringed (and sometimes cried out a silent, “I can’t believe I did that!”) when I’ve thought of what I’ve done. So I thought it was a good time to review Ed Welch’s article and try to lay …

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Last Day to Win the Nancy Leigh DeMoss book! (1 in 15 chance of winning)

Today is the last day to enter our family’s drawing for the (great!) Nancy Leigh DeMoss book, “Brokenness, Surrender, Holiness.” Just go to this post and leave your name to enter: Enter Here to Win the Nancy Leigh DeMoss Book

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