Honor the Shame-Slayer

  Filthy, stained, and weary, I trudged in from the unfinished work in my yard. My strength and supplies had run out. I couldn't go on, and I needed cleansing from head to toe. Shame had once devastated my life in a similar, but far more profound way. I desperately sought…

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Plan to Live Delighted

Sacrifice. Surrender. The spiritual disciplines urge us to give up things we might prefer to retain. The term "discipline" itself carries a grim reputation. Those who observe the season of Lent often wrap these pre-Easter weeks in terms of self-deprivation. We must resist all things delicious, luxurious, or fun so we…

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Party Invitation for Breaking the Chains!

Has anything in your life gripped hold of your shoulders and held you down? Pressed its weight on your chest until you're straining for each breath? Darkness attacks when we're most vulnerable. Seizing us in its terrifying hold, the enemy crushes our strength in an effort to cripple us. Shadows zoom…

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Matter of One’s Perspective

Rika's bare sole slapped onto the landing. A hint of ruby light penetrated the black void, trickling down the next flight of steps. She swept her hand across the latex-coated wall. Concrete pocks kissed at her fingertips, despite the institution's regular doses of paint. After rounding the landing, the exit's ruddy glow…

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Refresh Your Spirit

  In preparation for Easter, we'll continue our series this week to highlight revitalizing our spirituality. We've discussed mental, social, and physical health. These integrated parts of life weave together as a skin over the most vital substance of self--our core essence. [bctt tweet="Well being begins and ends with the state…

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Be the Hero of Your Story

When a sheltered lady boards a pirate ship, survival teeters on the edge of a blade. Her heart throbs with percussive gusto. Tendons thicken in her soul's core. Her spirit expands until she becomes someone she never dreamed. She finds love, masters swordsmanship, and captains a ship. Unknown lands unfold before her.…

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Longing for a Taste of Freedom

"Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,     prisoners suffering . . . Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,     and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,     and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing…

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Longing for a Taste of Freedom

"Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,     prisoners suffering . . . Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,     and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness,     and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing…

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Risky Myth of Secrets

“'Am I only a God nearby,' declares the Lord, 'and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?'” - Jeremiah 23:23-24 Padlocked journals. Receipts tucked into a sock drawer. Deleted files. Disguised flasks. Shredded evidence. What happens in Sin City . .…

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