The power of the cross

Why The Cross?

“And they have defeated him (the enemy) by the blood of the Lamb and by the words of testimony” (Revelation 12:11 NLT). Many reading this may have not spent much time in church, let alone reading the Bible.  So, a sentence like this one surely makes absolutely no sense at all to you.  And I […]

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Battle of the mind

The Battle Within – Part 2

The Battle Is Partly Spiritual… Many of us do not want to put much thought into a world we cannot see, when the world we do see is hard enough to deal with in itself.  If we choose to ignore or not believe in the spiritual realm – let alone the spiritual nature of our […]

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Spiritual warfare

The Battle Within

The human soul is constantly struggling to choose between the prompting of the Holy Spirit and the inciting of our fleshly desires for the world.  Through the renewing of our mind, we become equipped to distinguish the “false beliefs” of this world from the “absolute truths” of God. “I do not understand what I do. […]

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Soul and spirit

Connected But Separate

The passage from Hebrews, that I used to open this chapter, alludes to the fact that our soul and spirit are intimately connected, yet also distinctly separate.  The Bible makes it clear that the soul and spirit are the primary non-physical aspects of our humanity, while the body is the physical container that holds them […]

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If you judge a fish by its ability

Heart Hunger

Temperament Needs We do not always recognize or acknowledge that our heart cries out for fellowship with God.  Drs. Arno refer to this desire as “heart hunger,” which often drives us into the things of the world in hopes of satisfying the longing within us.  Our hunger for God will drive us, in our ignorance, […]

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1950s family in church

From Prominent To Superficial

Erosion of Godly Foundations In light of the foreboding cultural climate of the early twentieth century that we’ve explored, we can’t help but consider factors that may have contributed to the nature of the world we live in today.  Natural characteristics such as creativity and vision were subdued by forced compliance.  Respect turned into fear.  […]

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Man viewing porn on laptop

Can’t Say No To Yourself

The Bible tells us that each of us is made by God as a composite of three distinct components: “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NLT). In […]

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Perception vs reality

The Cycle Of Shame

The more deeply shame-based an individual is, the harder it becomes to break the cycle of shame.  In many instances, this cycle has become a “normal” part of life.  But for others, this seemingly endless battle devolves into what seems more like a shame “spiral,” where toxic shame leads to even more shame, and the […]

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The great cover up

The Great Cover-Up

A Family Culture of Shame There is a significant difference between not aware and not responsible.  Many adults whom I talk to about them perpetuating generational shame assert that there is no way they could know they had shamed their child in these ways because they did “the best they could.”  Really?  By simply duplicating […]

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False beliefs ball and chain

Four False Beliefs

Shame Shame that is a product of our acting out (I’ll refer to this as “post-shame”) is somewhat different than shame that was the precursor to our acting out (I’ll refer to this as “pre-shame”), although both weeds share the same roots. As we looked at in detail already, pre-shame leads to discomfort that we […]

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