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The Upside of Guilt

The Upside of Guilt

What’s Your Conscience Telling You? Anita had been the advertising sales director for a multimillion dollar media company for several years when her boss informed her the business would be sold to an industry leader within a matter of months. The company wanted to continue bringing in advertising commitments for the upcoming quarters but didn’t

While vulnerability with the wrong sorts of folks fosters feelings of inferiority and judgment, vulnerability with the right people brings trust, bolsters our feelings of love, and brings hope.

Welcoming Vulnerability

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. — 2 Corinthians 12:9 A few months back I met some friends for impromptu burgers and fries, and in my attempt to let off some steam, I shared a bit more intimately than was appropriate for this particular group setting. I

Are you in a crisis? Is your health failing you? Is persecution knocking at your door? Go to the Psalms and pray them to the Lord. You can find so much comfort in the laments and prayers of our ancient brothers and sisters who cried out to God in circumstances beyond their ability to handle.

The Anatomy of a Lament

  The great 4th century Church Father, Athanasius once said: “The Psalms have a unique place in the Bible because [whereas] most of Scripture speaks to us, the Psalms speak for us.”  No truer words have been spoken. When we open up the book of Psalms, we find 150 of the most compelling, captivating, and

Life is precious. Every single life is designed by His Hands. And, every single person who chooses abortion is so dearly loved by God and must be shown mercy by us, fellow sinners. We’re not ones to condemn considering our stories, right? Mercy is a beautiful gateway to forgiveness. Let’s leave it open.

Embrace Mercy

  In a story told in the gospel of John, the Pharisees drag a woman accused of adultery before Jesus. Hoping to trap Jesus in a violation of Mosaic law, they say, Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say?” Infinitely wiser than those who would try

The Grace of Your Story

I have been incredibly privileged. I grew up a pastor’s kid at a huge church in Houston, Texas. I was raised in a Christian home by two incredibly loving parents who worked very hard to provide everything we could possibly need. I have two beautiful sisters and a big brother whom I adore. We weren’t

The good news for those suffering from guilt or shame is this: Jesus died on the Cross to remove the stain of guilt and shame from our lives.

Stop the Downward Spiral of Guilt and Shame

  Shame, by formal definition, is a painful feeling of having lost the respect of others because of an improper behavior, sin, or label of incompetence. It arises from dishonor or disgrace stemming from something regrettable, unfortunate, or outrageous. Chronic Guilt and Shame Can Lead to Depression Our main reason to be concerned with guilt

Wondering Why

My God… why? — Jesus Hospital orderlies, dressed in green, had taken Sammy down to the operating room. We’d said our goodbyes and now, somewhere in Southampton General Hospital, a surgeon was preparing to conduct his third operation of the day. There was nothing more I could do. Sammy’s life was in the hands of

Checkered Pasts Don’t Check You Off God’s List

The journey to become Missy’s mama started when I was seventeen years old, when Cindy Whelchel — my best friend in high school — and I led our youth group Bible study through the theme of adoption in Scripture. We made a pact to adopt babies that no one else wanted when we grew up. We were as sincere as

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Trouble in Paradise: Tell the Truth

  From the beginning of creation, God has asked for honesty — not perfection. I suppose it was easy for Adam and Eve to be honest with God at first, because they had not yet disobeyed Him. They had no secrets or hidden agendas, only full transparency with each other and with God. But after

When You Believe in God But Are Ashamed of Your Past

It’s Always the Shame As a pastor, I’ve discovered that many people are dying slowly in a secret tomb of shame. Some are ashamed of their poor financial condition, plagued with guilt about their irresponsible spending and debt. Others are ashamed about sexual sin from their past. Many carry extreme guilt with them into their

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