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Yearly Archive for: ‘2017’

When we are cruelly attacked by someone who SHOULD be protecting us …

I just found out that a dear friend of mine was recently verbally hurt by her dad. (Strange, because I had a stressful dream about my own dad last night and then I woke up at 6:30AM–on the EAST COAST!! so, like, 4:30 for my Montana bod–and found her email in my Inbox.) I immediately prayed for her (of course) …

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God’s Provision re: My Fear of Inadvertent Heresy – Prof. Dennis Johnson

Nancy Guthrie and Prof. Dennis Johnson have a wonderful episode of “How to Teach the Bible” that I encourage you to listen to: Teaching Jesus as Prophet, Priest, and King What wonderful reminders of specific ways that Jesus truly does answer our biggest questions and our greatest fears. If you are not familiar with Nancy Guthrie, I encourage you to visit …

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HUGE Sale on all books and videos: $10/ea for 10 Days (with FREE Shipping to the USA)

In honor of the TENTH anniversary of my first video series: Living the Gospel in Relationships, and to try to get the word out a big on my second (ASL Translated) video series: Becoming Who You Already Are, Fred and I are offering a HUGE sale on all of my books and video series: $10 for any book or video …

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Christians Who Fail and Feel Terrible About It Don’t Need a Rebuke

Theology sounds so great on paper, but living it out is often so disturbingly unpleasant that I’m tempted to hypocrisy. Can’t I just BELIEVE it? Teach it? Do I actually have to LIVE it? (Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes.) Isn’t this exactly why we need the protection and accountability of our local church? The Christian life is not just …

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These “One Anothering” Commands are Not in the Bible (but they’re often in the church …)

Ray Ortland is spot-on in his post, One Anothers I Can’t Find in the New Testament: “Humble one another, scrutinize one another, pressure one another, embarrass one another, corner one another, interrupt one another, defeat one another, disapprove of one another, run one another’s lives, confess one another’s sins, intensify one another’s sufferings, point out one another’s failings . . …

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Change Happens in Community — in the Church

Oh! I think it’s time to re-read Lane & Tripp’s, How People Change, because I was so helped and encouraged (and challenged!) just by reading my NOTES from this great book. Let me share a few snippets from my notes with you: God’s call to growth and change: It is so easy to coast. God calls us to change. We …

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Loving Those Who Have Failed

“A love for those who are worthy and who come up to our standards is not the thing which Jesus refers to in John 13:34 as characterizing the Christian community and distinguishing it from other social groups. It is agape, the love which stoops to others as Christ stooped to us at the cross, which is to be the expression …

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Christians in Conflict—Frozen Hopelessness? Vacuum of Faith? Or A Kingdom Point of View?

More (striking!) wisdom for Christians in conflict from The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller. This one was written to a man who was in conflict with his church leaders and then, after another pastor was brought into the conflict to try to help (“Rob”), the man became conflicted with the new (trying-to-help-with-the-conflict) pastor too. Please note: …

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Wisdom re: Confrontation from Pastor Jack Miller

I’m really enjoying The Heart of a Servant Leader: Letters from Jack Miller. Consider just a brief excerpt from a letter encouraging an elder who was needing to confront a member of the church regarding a sensitive topic: ‘In circumstances of high emotional intensity, I assume almost automatically that there have been some miscommunications and misapprehensions which need to be …

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Back When I Really Didn’t Care if My Mother Went to Hell

I usually share bits and pieces of my testimony whenever I speak at women’s retreats and conferences. (If you’re curious, you can hear my testimony, a Christmas keynote on “Peace at the Holidays,” and a bunch of other teachings for free on this “FREE AUDIO DOWNLOADS” page of my website.) And afterwards, I am almost always asked the same question: How did …

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