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Comfort Humility Relationships

LIVING IN THE CHURCH AS A PERPETUAL MISFIT

A blog reader writes: “My problem is, I form friendships but after a while my Christian friends decide that I am, in fact, too much of a burden because my depression never goes away (2.5 years of taking medication which all proved treatment-resistant and now I am out of medications to try.) I have lost […]

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Anger Forgiveness Grace Humility Iniquity Life Challange Love Relationships

AGREE TO DISAGREE AMICABLY

Boy, that title even rhymes! The Bible is full of bizarre suggestions, “Do the opposite of your natural inclination and it will work.” Such as: Choose to walk two miles when forced to walk one! When struck on one cheek, do not defend or counter-attack. Roll with it and try to find out where the […]

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Comfort Humility Iniquity Relationships

IT’S ALL MY FAULT

Whenever I do couples therapy, neither one wants to examine themselves. “Fix the other and I’ll be OK!” They wallow in the universal delusion that looking good is more important that being good. I used to run around being terrified by the delusion that, if I admit the reality that “I am the chief of sinners”, […]

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Comfort God's Nature Relationships

GOOD GRIEF

So, what do you think? Is it OK for followers of Jesus to grieve and mourn? OK have you answered the question, or are you waiting to see what I say? Remember those in Thessalonica who were noble enough to think for themselves as well as open enough to listen? Well, Paul’s thoughts to them were Thessalonians […]

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Comfort Relationships

Accepting Forgiveness — The Ultimate Humility

I knew an evangelist who was checking into a motel, bone tired and anticipating a week of services. As he walked down the hall to his room, he had an urge to go back and talk to the man at the desk. He thought, “I am always wanting to talk to everyone and this would […]