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Sane Faith in the Insanity of Life (David Powlison)

I’m rereading some of my old CCEF Journal of Biblical Counseling articles (on good old fashioned paper) and I’m also beginning to get acquainted with their online library. This classic series from David Powlison is on the CCEF website and I encourage you to slowly read and process it, especially if, like me, you are convicted that some areas of …

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Angela P is Our Winner! (Please get me your mailing address ASAP!)

Congratulations, Angela! After crediting everyone for their extra entries and then randomizing the list, RandomNumberGenerator chose YOU for the $100 in free biblical (and practical!) resources:   Please email me your shipping address ASAP! (If I hear from you in the next hour or so, I can even get them in the mail to you today.) Thanks everyone for your VERY …

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Forgiving even your husband’s murderer? (Forgiving “just as in Christ, you have been forgiven …”?)

The call to forgive is found throughout the Old and New Testament. Consider just a few examples: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy …

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WIN FREE Peacemaking Resources! No risk of SPAM!

It’s been awhile since our family has done a WIN FREE STUFF giveaway—and I just remembered that I never told you all about the new Peacemaker Ministries bookstore on ChristianBookDistributors.com. So how about we combine this announcement with a chance to win a complete set (one free copy of EACH) of my biblical peacemaking resources: The Peacemaking Church Women’s Study – Living …

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Loving Confrontation Will Not Ultimately Harm Us (Even if It Hurts)

Talking with someone about an apparent sin or temptation has to be one of the most difficult things to do in all of life. It’s one thing to do so in a conciliation case when you’re serving as a mediator. It can still be difficult, of course, but the people have invited you into their lives to serve you in …

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Cynicism and Defeated Weariness When People Love Us Imperfectly

A few years ago, one of our church’s women’s studies read Paul Miller’s book, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World. This is one of those rare books in my life that I re-read on multiple occasions. Chapter 9 of A Praying Life is amazingly profitable for revealing my heart and helping me to understand some of my recurring temptations in life. (Don’t you …

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Forgiving (Really!) is the Hardest Thing You Will Ever Do

There was a time in my life when I was in a dark, dark place. You can call it depression. Despair. The Black Dog. A valley. A dark night of the soul. Choose your term. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that it hurt to live. My chest was crushed. I could not cease from crying. Day after day. …

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Our reactions to grievous wrongs are muddy, not tidy.

Hot tears streamed down my face for three connecting flights as I traveled from Montana to Florida last week to serve at a women’s retreat. I didn’t make any sounds. No sobs. No words. But I must admit, I did feel badly for the elite flyers / business travelers seated around me. They were polite and didn’t acknowledge my soaking …

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What To Do When Your Flight is Canceled Because of Weather

I am currently stuck in New York City, trying hard to make my way home to Montana from Florida. (Yes. Yes. I know that’s not a geographically-efficient routing, but that’s air travel! What can you do?) Last night, a giant snow and ice storm paralyzed all of the New York airports and as I watched the activity at my gate, …

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