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What Holds Us Back

What Holds Us Back

Rome, Italy I bet you aren’t reading this book because you want to know about my personal life. At least not the part that doesn’t include marriage, so I’ll spare you the drawn-out details and give you some of the highlights. Grew up in what I’d consider a strict home. Hated rules and hated religion.

The Captivated Mind

You have been set on this earth, at this hour, and in this generation to bring fame to the Lord Jesus Christ in your sphere of influence. And make no mistake: He has a specific way He wants you to bring Him that fame. The challenge and joy of following Christ is discovering what that looks like for each

Tragedy, Loss and Leaving the Amish

Ora Jay August 27, 1982 Children’s laughter met our ears as I pulled up and parked our buggy in front of my cousin Floyd’s house. Floyd and Ruth lived quite a spell from us, but it was worth the trip because we had two girls who’d be meeting their cousins for the first time. My bones were weary

The Color of Rain

I’d been lying on the kitchen floor for a while. After driving the kids to school, I faced another day alone in the house and as soon as I closed the door behind me, I literally collapsed to the floor. At some point I tried to gather myself. I needed to get to work but couldn’t quite seem to

Church Disillusionment & Wise Counselor

Disillusionment is a serious illness of the soul. It tends to persist over a long, indefinite period of time and often involves multiple recurrences. And it can be virtually invisible to people who meet you, so much so that people in your local church might not even realize you’re infected. And we may not realize the epidemic we’re up against. I’m

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YOU and Acceptance after Divorce

You never thought divorce would happen to you. But it did. You may feel traumatized, relieved, hopeful, afraid, or all of the above. What choices will help you heal? How can you learn from your mistakes instead of repeating them? And where is God in all of this? Michelle and Connie have been where you

What Was God Thinking When He Created Sex?

Sex is the most scandalous, sinful, shameful thing in the world… so be sure to save it for someone you love. If we are honest, this is the mind-set of far too many Christians, whether we recognize it or not. Most of us were raised by well-intentioned parents and church leaders who wanted the best for us, so they

The God-Ordained Design of the Family

In each section of Dive Deeper you’ll be guided through a number of verses and encouraged to use the d.i.v.e. format. The beauty of this format is that it goes beyond this study; it can be used anytime you desire to dive deeper into Scriptures. d.i.v.e.  define investigate visualize embrace Ephesians 6:1-9 The Family Unit In

Giving Up on Perfect

No one has to teach us that perfect is the unofficial goal of American culture: we want straight A’s, the perfect yard, and a tiny waistline. We’ve been duped into believing that flawless is the only acceptable outcome in every area of our lives. The media has bombarded us with Photoshopped, cellulite-free thighs and wrinkleless

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