Heart Punch

Have you ever been punched in the heart? Not your literal, physical heart, but your more vulnerable internal one? You’ll know if you have, simply by gauging your emotional reaction to the term. Heart punch. It’s that blow that thuds into your emotions leaving you feeling sad, sickened, and despairing all at once. It’s a […]

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Suffering, in YOUR context

Christian suffering is not limited to the extreme cases that we hear about in the media. Certainly, the horrific persecutions of Christians (and other religious adherents) by groups like ISIS, and the unjust imprisonment of ministers like Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran can make the sufferings of our context seem negligible at best. However, regardless […]

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Words like blows to the head

In Veronica Roth’s runaway hit novel Allegiant she writes: “It’s strange how a word, a phrase, a sentence, can feel like a blow to the head.” She sure is right isn’t she? Painful words can hit us like sledgehammers, leaving us dazed, broken, and confused. We want to cry, defend, and lash out all at once, […]

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Struggling is good (Guest Post by Barry Bishop)

THE CONVERSATION Me: Did you see that Facebook post that had the quote…”strength is the product of struggle.” ? Bro: hmmm… maybe. Not sure ‪Me: Well, I couldn’t get it outta my mind…then God began to reveal some heavy stuff. I always feel a negative connotation to saying “I’m struggling this week” or whatever…like when […]

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Your 3 spots of brokenness

Do you ever wish you were made of silly putty (are you old enough to remember silly putty)? Silly putty could bend and twist and stretch for super long distances without breaking. Sometimes I wish that were the state of my heart. I really hate breaking. Don’t you? The Bible indicates that there are three […]

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