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Praying for Others

Praying for Others

You sit in an ER waiting room, surrounded by an anxious family. You rushed here the moment you learned of the accident. The teenage son of your neighbor was injured in a car wreck. He is in surgery. Your friends are in shock. You’d do anything for them. But what can you do? You try

Love born of God’s grace will find a way.

Love Will Find a Way

In secular, pluralistic cultures, Christians often are afraid to talk about their beliefs because they don’t know what to say. Pastors of believers in such places often feel they must fill their flock with intellectual content until their people feel competent to take on all objections and arguments. But intellectual arguments, while necessary, are not

far more powerful and beautiful to love the unlovable

Love Is Stronger

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. — Matthew 5:44 Do you know someone who is hard to love? Maybe it’s someone who has a different personality or a friend who did something or said something that was hurtful to you. How do you treat this person? Sometimes

Healing Your Heart When It’s Been Rubbed Raw

Today’s Truth “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Jesus answered, “No, not seven times, but seventy times seven.” — Matthew18:21-22 NLT Friend to Friend One day I received an e-mail from a woman who was still bitter over a statement her husband made to her cousin ten years

Sharon Jaymes writes on Forgiveness

Understanding Biblical Forgiveness

It doesn’t take very long for a couple to figure out that marriage isn’t a continuously fun and easy ride, a big bundle of happy days tied up with a sparkly bow of hugs and kisses. It’s often the sandpaper of chafing personalities, unmet expectations, and hurt feelings that rub us the wrong way and

Religion Makes Enemies / Jesus Makes Friends

We are trained to make enemies. From birth it’s always “us versus them.” Black vs. whites. Conservatives vs. liberals. Rich vs. poor. Republican vs. Democrat. Americans vs. whoever we’re at war with. Let’s be honest: sometimes Christians are the worst. Calvinists vs. Arminians. Complementarians vs. egalitarians. Charismatics vs. cessationists. Catholics vs. Protestants. As if the world

How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies

At some point, you’ve probably realized it’s not just the problems and challenging people surrounding you that rob your life of joy. Like everyone, you’ve been wounded and developed patterns that limit your ability to be your best self. Internal challenges, such as anger, guilt, and shame require your attention, or you end up overwhelmed

Strange Kingdom | Forgiven

Strange Kingdom: Forgiven

Strange Kingdom: Forgiven Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at Him. They said, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The

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