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How DARE the pastor say that I shouldn’t take communion! Just because I’m in this big fight with someone in my church? How dare he! (Or. Dare he not?)

I always enjoy Dave’s posts over at our Redeeming Church Conflicts.com site. But this post was particularly challenging and edifying for me: Fencing Over Fights I hope you will click through and read the entire post, but for a quick summary, let me just say that Dave reminds us all of the seriousness of coming to the Lord’s Table in an …

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“One day, you will rarely, rarely ever feel rage, Tara.”

Last week, when a snowstorm turned a four hour flight into a seven hour adventure and I was stuck in an airport for two days away from my family, I thought about something I was told years ago, when I was 29 years old (OK, many years ago), and fresh off the boat from Chicago to Billings, Montana to serve as the Director …

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Not Excusing — But Grieving and Forgiving

Recently, I was hurt deeply by a family member who used to be close to me. It would not be appropriate to go into the details in this public forum, but suffice it to say, my heart was gravely wounded. The hurt was so deep, in fact, that at first I did not even understand it myself. Like a bad …

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Counsel to Myself from 11 Years Ago

In cleaning out my office yesterday, I came across my very old pack of Bible memory cards. I used to go through them every day (until I had the verses memorized) and I would also review various sermon illustrations, teachings I received from friends and spiritual mothers, people and ministries for intercessory prayer, and the (many!) things I needed to …

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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. Yesterday, my five year-old brought some excellent questions about why Galatians 6:1 “rescue” and Matthew 7 “helping someone with the speck in their eye” are not the same thing as being the “proud, super-holy, Pharisee people” (in Luke …

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Almost everything is easier than growing in godliness. (Disordered Affections Week 5)

I am currently doing summaries of our church’s summer women’s study on “Disordered Affections.” You can read week 1 here, week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4 here.  This is a summary from week 5 and the handouts for today’s (closing) session … SUMMARY NOTES FROM SESSION 5 of my church’s Summer Women’s Study – “Disordered Affections” 1. REVIEW FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS Throughout our study, we have considered …

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Anything We Indulge in as an Excessive and Sinful Attachment (Disordered Affections Week 4)

I am currently doing summaries of our church’s summer women’s study on “Disordered Affections.” You can read week 1 here, week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4 here, and week 5 here. SUMMARY NOTES FROM SESSION 4 of the Summer Women’s Study – “Disordered Affections” Throughout our study, we have considered James 4:1-3 (“monster wants” and “functional idolatry”); the role of the heart / Satan, the world, our flesh; …

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Pleasures that leave NO residual guilt, exhaustion, or unrest. (Disordered Affections Week 3)

I am currently doing summaries of our church’s summer women’s study on “Disordered Affections.” You can read week 1 here, week 2 here, week 3 here, week 4 here, and week 5 here. SUMMARY NOTES FROM SESSION 3 of the Summer Women’s Study – “Disordered Affections” REVIEW FROM PREVIOUS WEEKS Three weeks ago, we began our summer study discussing what the term “disordered affection” means; studying James 4:1-3 (“monster …

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Recovering from My (Lifetime of) Disordered Eating (Disordered Affections Part 1)

Many of my 2016 events are related to my new retreat on disordered affections. This teaching content has really been born out of my lifetime problems with food. (Ever since my pacifier was dipped in white sugar to sooth me as a newborn with multiple birth defects, I have always been comforted by sugar. This is not good—physically or emotionally! I was able to keep it relatively in …

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What about repeating (habitual?) patterns of sin and struggle? How do the Seven A’s of Confession and Four Promises of Forgiveness apply?

I recently had to make a “Seven A’s Confession” to a dear friend. Like all real confessions, it was embarrassing. I was frustrated with myself for blowing it. Again. I felt bad about hurting someone I care about. Talking it out for real took time and effort and emotion, three things that neither of us really had extra margin in this …

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