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Apr
18

Are You Enough?

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed. Genesis 2:25

If you pause long enough to allow those words to penetrate your heart, you might just conclude that they are among some of the most powerful words in the Bible.

God’s original design.

God’s intention.

No shame.

Authenticity.

No hiding.

And yet, we’ve fallen far.

Not just in the area of marriage but in all our relationships.

When’s the last time you faced the monster called shame? My guess is that it was probably not that long ago.

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Jan
12

Unmasking the Power of Shame

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Quick. Name the 3 most shame filled moments of your life. The moments when you wanted to crawl under the table and hide. When your face turned red and your heart felt a rush of intense pain that flooded your entire body. Moments when you couldn’t look into the eyes of those around you.  The “I’m so stupid” moments. The “I’m a failure” moments. The moments of “I’m not enough”, “I’m too much”, “I’m too different”, “I’m completely powerless” or a million other variations of shame.

I bet you didn’t have trouble thinking of three, did you? In fact, your brain is still probably loading pages of information about your life.

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Nov
29

The Garden Party: Pleasing Yourself

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(This blog is part two of The Garden Party. In part one of this blog, I referenced Ricky Nelson’s performance at Madison Square Garden and his inspiration for writing the hit song, Garden Party. Be sure to read part one for the context of this blog.)

While it might sound selfish, after all, pleasing oneself….is that godly? But what if pleasing yourself means that you are listening to your heart? Being comfortable in your own skin? Being authentic? Being who God made you to be? Loving yourself?

Does the sound of that set off alarms in your heart? Yet Jesus clearly told us that we were to love others AS WE LOVE OURSELVES (Mark 12:30-31). What can that possibly mean? Is that self-centered?

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Nov
20

Do You Need to Forgive Yourself?

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forgivenessWhat is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done? What is the worst mistake you’ve ever made? What is the greatest harm you’ve ever committed to another human?

Do you have your list? Did the pictures in your mind come up faster than high-speed internet?

Most of us don’t have any trouble recalling the worst moments of our lives. I imagine that when I asked those questions, you not only recalled the “bad” things you have done, but you also reconnected to some feelings of shame and guilt.

A foundational truth of Christianity is that we come into relationship with God through forgiveness based on the work of Christ. We maintain the flow of fellowship both with God and man by confessing our sins and appropriating the purifying work of Christ into our daily lives.

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stormsWe all live in a world cursed because of sin. Part of the effect of that curse is hard times, difficulty, pain, and sorrow. I so wish I could tell you that Christians don’t have to go through any difficulties, but the Word of God contains story after story of believers in difficult times. Paul and Peter in prison, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Stephen being stoned, believers being persecuted, the very life of Jesus, and I could go on and on. And this list applies to all storms whether we caused them, Satan sent them, or God designed them. In a moment, I am going to share my list of eight things you should know about hard times but before I do that I need to give you some foundation.

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