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Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. - Proverbs 4:23 What Do You Mean “Boundaries”? The parents of a twenty-five-year-old man came to see me (Dr. Townsend) with a common request: they wanted me to “fix” their son, Bill. When I asked where Bill was, they answered, “Oh, he didn’t want

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Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. - Proverbs 4:23 What Do You Mean “Boundaries”? The parents of a twenty-five-year-old man came to see me (Dr. Townsend) with a common request: they wanted me to “fix” their son, Bill. When I asked where Bill was, they answered, “Oh, he didn’t want

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Asks, “What Is The Church?”

The movement upward [toward God] cannot be separated from the movement toward our neighbor. Both belong indissolubly together . . . Standing under God’s rule means living in community with God and with the church. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, SANCTORUM COMMUNIO In his diary Bonhoeffer recorded that Palm Sunday was “the first day that something of the

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Is Hell Real?

Is Hell Real? We haven’t heard much about hell since the “hellfire and brimstone” era of the church. Today, little if anything is spoken in churches about hell. So the question has become increasingly important: Is Hell Real? If it is, then where is hell, who goes to hell, and can we be saved after

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer Asks, “What Is The Church?”

The movement upward [toward God] cannot be separated from the movement toward our neighbor. Both belong indissolubly together . . . Standing under God’s rule means living in community with God and with the church. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, SANCTORUM COMMUNIO In his diary Bonhoeffer recorded that Palm Sunday was “the first day that something of the

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Making Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

Every January, millions of people begin their year with New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight, getting organized, exercising more, eating healthier, and managing finances better are some of the most common resolutions. But what about making spiritual New Year’s resolutions? We make commitments and tell our friends and family on January 1st, only to give it

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In Between Despair and Joy

So far as we know, there has only been one day in the last two thousand years when literally not one person in the world believed Jesus was alive. On Saturday morning after Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples wake after not having slept for two days. The city that was screaming for blood the day before is quiet. Crowds

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The Best Head Coach

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. — Psalm 139:4 As each NFL season comes to a close, a ritual takes place on the first Monday after the last regular-season game. The sports media call it “Black Monday,” when general managers and team owners take stock of how well their team did

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Rock-Solid Conviction

Faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. — Hebrews 11:1 NIV I asked the young Vietnamese girl who does my nails what the word faith meant to her. At first she was unsure what I was asking. I told her that I was aware that the

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Is My Pain Talking?

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. — 2 Corinthians 10:5 Thought for the Day: Our Lord doesn’t whisper shameful condemnations. Have you ever been in a situation where something little felt really big? Maybe a look from someone that suddenly makes you feel they don’t like you at all. Or when someone doesn’t return

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Living Faith Beyond Circumstances

… but the righteous shall live by his faith. - Habakkuk 2:4 I don’t remember the first time I met Marva Adams, but I do remember the first time I met her daughters. They were both at the young adults retreat I attended four weeks after first visiting National Community Church. The youngest, Christy, drew the

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