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Honoring Does Not Mean Giving Others Everything They Want

Honoring Does Not Mean Giving Others Everything They Want

There are times when you have to do hard things for those whom you love. You do the difficult things because—in some situations—it’s the best way to honor someone. Some caring friends have a hard time applying this truth to those they love. Usually, they… Continue Reading …

A Practical Plan to Break Free from Being Controlled by Others

A Practical Plan to Break Free From Being Controlled By Others

When the only opinion in the room that matters to you is the Lord’s, you’re as free as you can be. Nobody could manipulate or manage Jesus because He was under the management of His Father’s opinion. As Christ-followers, our goal is to be likewise.… Continue Reading …

When the Terrifying Call of God on Our Lives Seems Comically Cruel

When the Terrifying Call of God On Our Lives Seems Comically Cruel

Some stories are so bizarre that you can only respond with shock and unbelief. It breaks our categories and reinvents how we are supposed to think about God. It happens when we hear about a horrific event that is happening to someone. Then God interrupts… Continue Reading …

A Practical Message to Help You with That Toxic Person in Your Life

A Practical Message to Help You With That Toxic Person In Your Life

Our pastor said, and I paraphrase, “Toxic people are magnets who draw shards of truth and untruth into their orbit to build an image of their making to accomplish their purposes. Their hearts are fictional factories. If you permit them to do so, they will… Continue Reading …

Five Helpful Marks to See If Someone Has Changed

Five Helpful Marks To See If Someone Has Changed

What is the most trustworthy indicator of a person who has authentically changed? How can you know—as much as one can understand? Paul gives us our answers, but first, let me tell you a story. You know who they are: it’s the life and times… Continue Reading …

Learning How to Keep What You Want From Controlling You

Learning How to Keep What You Want From Controlling You

What do you want? What would you like to have? Do these desires come from the heart of contentment? To want something does not have to be wrong. We should always want all kinds of things throughout our lives. To not to want things is… Continue Reading …

You Can Experience Rest If You Give Up What You Want

You Can Experience Peace If You Give up What You Want

There is something about the title that sounds counterintuitive to our self-reliant and self-protective lives. Even so, doesn’t it have a biblical ring to it? You die to live (Matthew 16:24-26). You humble yourself to be exalted (Matthew 23:12). You give up something to gain… Continue Reading …

What Is Gaslighting, Its Effects, and How to React to It?

What Is Gaslighting, Its Effects, and How to React to It_

Gaslighting is the mental manipulation that someone does to another individual. It’s a psychological maneuver of abusive-type people who want to control you by making you believe you’re guilty of something you did not do. If they persist, you may give up and accept what… Continue Reading …

Do You Think It’s Right to Correct My Authoritarian Husband?

Do You Think It's Right to Correct My Authoritarian Husband?

No human has absolute authority over another. This perspective should be common sense, but it’s not for everyone. A dictatorial husband and father can put wives and children in a difficult spot, which begs the question, do you think it’s right to correct my authoritarian… Continue Reading …

When the Slave Battles His Master for Ultimate Control

When the Slave Battles His Master for Ultimate Control

Let’s talk about slavery. I’m not speaking about what happens around our world every day, or what went on in our country 150 years ago. I’m speaking to Christians who willingly came to Jesus and said, “I want to be your slave.” I’m talking about… Continue Reading …