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Bond or Bondage

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Lauren has always rushed into relationships. When she met Tyler, she ignored his controlling behavior and the way he isolated her from family and friends. Soon, she was trapped in a vicious cycle of manipulation and emotional abuse followed by profuse apologies and showers of affection. In the past three years, Lauren has broken up […]

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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick


I hate New Year’s resolutions. I start out with great intentions, but they rarely stick past the first few weeks. So several years ago I quit making resolutions. Instead, I began asking God for a New Year’s Revelation—a word directly from His heart to mine. A word that would empower me to new heights in […]

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From Captivity to Command

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My heart is burdened for friends who are going through tragedies, depression and divorce but it was a text from a dear friend with shocking news of a recent murder that had me crying out to God in prayer. At first, all I could manage to get out was, “Jesus… Jesus… Jesus… Jesus… Jesus.” Friend, […]

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4 Secret Weapons to Preventing Bitterness

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Did you know bitterness is a poison? Bitterness not only affects our emotions, but left untreated, the toxins produced by bitterness eventually seep into our body as well. Resentment can cause all kinds of physical ailments. In her book, Who Switched Off My Brain? Controlling Toxic Thoughts and Emotions, Dr. Caroline Leaf reports, “A massive […]

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On the Edge of Town


One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan (Luke 17:15-16). I used to admire the young girls in my church raised by Godly parents who affirmed them and brought them up in peaceful […]

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Double Trouble


It is for freedom that Christ set you free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourself be burdened again with the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).   “Hey, Mom! D’ya miss me?” Garrett said as he swung open the door and dropped his bags on the floor.  “Of course I did! Did you miss […]

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Skating Backwards


My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).   My son Garrett is not a man of many words. Ask him a question and his likely reply is a one-word retort. While multiple-choice inquires are an effective penetration device, drilling information out of my teenage mute is still […]

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The Funeral Home That Refused to Bury Jake

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You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy (Psalm 30:11). The lobby in the funeral home was elegantly furnished with rich marble floors, deep mahogany furnishings and crystal lamps. Exquisite artwork embellished three walls and a mirror the size of Rhode Island adorned the other. With nowhere else […]

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Trust Me


 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. Proverbs 19:23 (NIV)   There were 2,000 people crammed into the auditorium, but I was oblivious to anything except the performance on stage. Souled Out, performed by Victory Church’s youth drama team, was a captivating performance. Of course, I was […]

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