The Confident Heart

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For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. (I John 3:20-21)   John says, in the verse quoted above, that if my heart does not condemn me, then I have confidence towards God. Sounds nice. But how can my heart not condemn me? Continue Reading

Releasing Your Wounder

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We’ve all got them – wounds, past injuries of the soul that still show themselves, either in the way we relate, or the pain we feel. I've learned a lot by examining my own, and those of the people I've been blessed to work with over the years. Continue Reading

The Intimate Enemy

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“Husbands, love your wives”, Paul admonishes in Colossians 3:19. Well, we’ve heard that before, but then he adds an interesting challenge: “—and be not bitter towards them.” Hmmm. As a former Pharisee, Paul had almost certainly been married at one time, then probably widowed. He knew something firsthand about men and women, and the dynamics that come between them, and from that knowledge sprang a command to men not to be bitter towards their wives – spoken, it seems, with the assumption that bitterness can be a common problem to husbands. Continue Reading

Worship and Recovery

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Guest posting by Renee Dallas Note from Joe: I’ve received a number of messages from wives asking for help dealing with their own pain over their husband’s behavior, so  thought I’d let my own wife Renee respond with some ideas she has on the subject, since she runs a ministry to wives. For more articles by Renee, and for more information on her work, go to wifeboat.com. Continue Reading

Bless the Jerk

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There’s no way to navigate a life without getting bumped, bruised or outright wounded by people. No one’s exempt, and generally, the closer we are to people the more capacity they have to wound us. There’s the challenge of intimacy: I want to be known and loved; I don’t want to be injured. And good trying to get the one without the other.  Where there’s closeness, there’ll be, among other things, wounds. Continue Reading

A Confident Heart

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  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. (I John 3:20-21) Well, how can my heart not condemn me? Searching it is unpleasant at best; mortifying when I really get into it, which I try not to. Not because I’m against self-examination, something I think we could all use a little more of, but because any honest look at my heart reveals a mixture of good and putrid. By God’s grace the love of Christ has been shed abroad Continue Reading

Five of the Most Important Questions in the Bible

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The Bible’s full of instructions, of course, but there are some awfully interesting questions in there as well. Here are five that stand out to me. These were asked by the likes of Cain, Paul, and God Himself. All of them, to my thinking, speak to some of the most important issues of life. “Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9) There’s the heartbroken cry of a Creator/Father in response to the tragedy of the fall. “We used to be close”, He seems to be saying to Adam, “our communion was deep. And now you hide from me?” Devastating, really, to Continue Reading

The Intimate Enemy

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Every Tuesday we’ll be posting an article about restoring and strengthening marriages that have been damaged by sexual sin. Hope it’s helpful. --- The Intimate Enemy “Husbands, love your wives”, Paul admonishes in Colossians 3:19. Well, we’ve heard that before, but then he adds an interesting challenge: “---and be not bitter towards them.” Hmmm. As a former Pharisee, Paul had almost certainly been married at one time, then probably widowed. He knew something firsthand about men and women, and the dynamics that come between them, and Continue Reading

Releasing My Wounder

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Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — Releasing My Wounder We’ve all got them – wounds, past injuries of the soul that still show themselves, either in current pain or current behavior. They can show themselves in current pain through memories that just won’t die. Sometimes a mental picture of a traumatic event, like a childhood humiliation or tragedy, keeps intruding into your thoughts. Maybe you let yourself relive it, and all the pain of the event comes Continue Reading

To Love, Honor and Downton Abbey

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Every Tuesday we’ll post something to do with strengthening marriages. Hope it helps. — To Love, Honor and Downton Abbey I’d been conked out for nearly an hour when Renee’s outraged cry jolted me upright. A scream in the house usually means there’s been an accident, and in this case it was severe. Matthew had just been hit by an oncoming truck en route from his wife and beautiful newborn son, leaving the estate’s financial affairs in question since he had been such a stabilizing influence, and adding untold pressure to Lady Cora and Continue Reading