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05 Jan 2022

Thinking Well, Part 3: What Truth Are You Afraid Of?

The truth is a stubborn thing. It is true whether we believe it or not. It resists consensus; it is not impressed or intimidated by office, rank, or power; it is impervious to feelings. Agreement with others may comfort us, but it has no impact on what is true. It doesn’t matter how strongly we […]

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03 Nov 2021

Disagreement in Love: Navigating Disagreements with Brethren

One day a few months back, I got a call from friend while I was out running errands. This particular friend doesn’t call often and normally texts, so I knew something was up. As we spoke for a few moments, things seem okay – light chit-chat – but I could tell in their voice that […]

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07 Oct 2021

The Campaign Against Truth – Part 5: Staying Close to God

Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands afar off; For truth is fallen in the street, And equity cannot enter. So truth fails, And he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. Then the LORD saw it, and it displeased Him That there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, And wondered that […]

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27 Jul 2021
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Dysfunctional Conflict: the Expectation of Others to Meet our Needs

This is the second blog in a series reviewing the five major core causes of dysfunctional conflict discussed in The Mercy Effect. In the last blog, we looked at one of the major causes of conflict which is our need to be emotionally healed. A second cause is based in our expectations to have others […]

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09 Jun 2021

The Campaign Against Truth – Part 4: Understand Yourself

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 Most of us have read this scripture many times. Many of us may have even memorized it. But typically, we stop after the first part of the verse, neglecting to finish it. Yet the end of this […]

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11 Mar 2021

The Campaign Against Truth – Part 3: Knowing the Influences

For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.  2 Corinthians 11:14-15   Influence and deception are things not always easily seen or detected. In many cases, people who seem to […]

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17 Feb 2021

Healing the Brokenhearted: Marital Abuse in the Church of God

A woman who grew up in a Church of God family reports that her mother was severely beaten during those years. Her father claimed he beat her mother to “get her under submission;” they were necessary for her salvation; and to beat “Satan out of her.” He beat her with various objects, including a Bible. […]

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31 Dec 2020

Thinking Well, Pt 2: Do You Believe in Magic?

I grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s. The days of 33’s and 45’s. These were the days when a hit record was actually something that you could hold in your hand. The Lovin’ Spoonful had a hit record back in 1965. I was a junior at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, New York (just thought I’d throw in […]

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