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Positioned To Be Fully Free

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Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman ...

Steadfast Love

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“They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck…But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them.” — Nehemiah 9:17 The ...

Model and Promise

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One of my favorite professors in seminary repeatedly said, “What God has done in the past is a model and a promise of what he will do in the future, although he’s far too creative to do it the same way twice.” I just love that statement, because it emphasizes the trustworthiness ...

The Money Bully

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Bullying has been around since the Old Testament, but it’s only been in the past few years that it’s been getting serious media attention. As a counselor, I’m glad that people have begun to recognize how traumatizing bullying can be to victims. Children living in fear cannot ...

Distracted By Busyness

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I love checklists so much, sometimes I add stuff to a list that I’ve already finished, just so I can check it off. There’s just something about the feeling of satisfaction in completing tasks. It really appeals to me. In fact, I come from a long line of “doers” on my ...

You Find What You Look For

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If worrisome thoughts were visible to the naked eye, I think they would look like little fleas hopping around inside our heads. Fleas are nasty, blood-sucking little parasites. They’re great at hiding and difficult to totally eradicate. And just as soon as you’ve gotten your pet ...

Putting the First Things First

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Have you ever known what the right thing to do was, but found yourself failing to do it, over and over again? If so, that means you’re human. Most of us have lived long enough to experience the frustration that comes when we don’t do what we know we ought to do. Sometimes, head ...

Choosing Forgiveness Over Bitterness

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And [the father] said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.— Luke 15:31-32 The older brother was hacked off because the father’s grace won ...

Piece By Piece

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The first American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, put out a song in 2015 titled Piece By Piece that describes how her relationship with her father broke her, and how her husband’s commitment healed her. The lyrics, which Clarkson co-wrote after a conversation with her sister, begin with the ...

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