The Hidden Harm of Inner Vows

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.  Matthew 5:37 (NIV) “I’ll never be like dad!”  (Or “I’ll never be like my mom!”) Haven’t we all said something like that at some point in our lives? I may not have ever consciously said that I never wanted to be like my

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Rise Up, Body of Christ!

I am deeply saddened by man’s inhumanity to man, first in the brutality that is continually being perpetrated against men (primarily) of color, and second, in the senseless violence that has followed. The events of the past weeks have piled on more trauma on a country that has already been left reeling from months of quarantine, fear and death. Despite

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Reflect, Regroup, Recoup

I wrote this article before the national unrest over the murder of George Floyd, which is why the focus is only on COVID-19. See the blog, “Rise up, Body of Christ!” for my thoughts on that. I have to be honest. During the first three weeks of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, I found myself seriously battling fear: as an at-risk

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A Sweet, Sweet Aroma

by Katie Lucy Our wedding day was amazing.  It was all I dreamt it would be and more.  The flowers were fragrant and beautifully blended.  The colors of light pink, white, and deep purple lit up the sanctuary.  My dress sparkled in the light coming through the stained glass windows of the church.  I felt like a princess from head

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How We Love

Growing up in the Roman Catholic faith I was taught some valuable lessons about how weshould treat each other, and that we should put others before ourselves. These lessonshave stood me in good stead and continue to remind me of the call to be Christ-like, or self-less, in my daily walk. However, over the years I have observed that many

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Snap, Crackle & Pop: There Goes God’s Voice

  I KNOW that we can talk to God, but I was astonished when I discovered how much God desires to talk back to us. This clicked when I heard a teaching by Mark Virkler on this very subject in my 4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice class.  Virkler asserts that hearing God’s voice was like “having a flow of spontaneous

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