Never Losing the Light: Lost Treasure

To lose something you treasure does not mean I am not caring for you. On the contrary… As I have said, you cannot receive the new things I have for you, if you are not willing to let go of the old things you no longer need. (Do not think this is license for sin.)…

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Never Losing the Light: Enemies and Pharisees

I am glad you are getting used to having enemies. I wish there was no jealousy in my church—but you know better by now. Come, be of good cheer. Don’t become down and discouraged by what you see others surrendering to. Choice—they have made theirs—make yours. I have broken your shackles of people-pleasing. Don’t tell…

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A Closer Walk: Beauty In The Brokenness

We all have something, don’t we? Some fear, or flaw, or brokenness; some insecurity or sense of inferiority that we desperately want to overcome. (Whether we admit it or not, we all do.) Sometimes it’s a glaring and obvious failure; something that we believe everyone can see. Sometimes it’s our blind spot; something everyone, but us,…

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Real Short Book Review: Long Way Gone, by Charles Martin

I don’t just love Charles Martin’s stories—I LOVE his stories! Long Way Gone is one of his best. As a once Prodigal I should know. But I’ll let Charles tell you in his own words. Here is his latest email from his website, charlesmartinbooks.com. Halfway through the writing of “Long Way Gone,” I discovered I’d…

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A Closer Walk: The Idolatry of Approval

I never thought of family as an idol. I mean how could wanting your family’s love and approval be idolatry? For many years I longed to be loved and accepted by my family—but loved and accepted for myself. Unfortunately, it was that longing to be myself that created a great many of my family problems.…

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A Closer Walk: Escape to An Awesome Savior!

I grew up with condemnation and criticism. It was well meant (sometimes) but still, it’s tough to breathe in that world. Tougher still, to grow into the decent and kind person, you want to be. All you can “think” in that atmosphere is, escape… I have to escape. Yeah, rejection is a powerful toxin—and verbal…

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A Closer Walk: Sometimes You Need A Real Friend

We have all encountered Job’s “friends.” You know, those would-be comforters with their Biblical counsel that cuts like a knife. But sometimes you need a real friend, like it or not.   I’m not talking about the, “Hey, how the heck are you?” kind of friend you see once in a blue moon. No, I’m…

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The Battles Are Real, But…

My fiercest battles are with an idea that is sometimes monthly, sometimes weekly… sometimes daily. Ever get an “idea” in your head that dogs you? Yeah, I know, me too. Okay, I hate admitting this, especially since on this blog I talk constantly about NOT giving up. Here at wound dresser we have one simple…

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