Category Archives: denial

Church of low expectations

First century Christianity filled people with hopeful expectations, supernatural surprises, and life transformation. Why not today? A Christian meeting should freely demonstrate both the humility of the fruit of the Spirit and the power of the gifts of the Spirit. Christianity … Continue reading

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Beyond shame & guilt (without depending on denial)

Without remorse, regret, and repentance for our wrongful thoughts, rhetoric, and actions; our self-righteousness retains us in resistance to and rebellion against God and His call to right living. Meanwhile we reach out for mindless diversion in entertainment and/or superficial … Continue reading

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The separation of church and hate

The separation of church and hate (and/or political-correctness-warriors and hate) requires speaking the truth in love.  Hate is not based on truth. It is built on deception, denial, disappointment, dishonesty, misunderstanding, pride, prejudice, anger, hurt, impulse, irrationality, and/or insecurity. Speaking … Continue reading

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I believe in being naive!

What’s your threshold of naivety? –I believe in being naive about some things. To choose to be naive about certain things can relieve anxiety, stress, and deception and help you achieve inner peace and contentment, by closing the door of … Continue reading

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Why does a society that prides itself on tolerance and the accepting of diversity into the mainstream; marginalize the praying community?

Why does a society that prides itself on tolerance and the accepting of diversity into the mainstream; marginalize the praying community?  

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Have we been emotionally screwed by living in a culture that constantly promotes the rude, the crude, and the lewd?

Have we been emotionally screwed By living in a culture That constantly promotes The rude, the crude, and the lewd? “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever … Continue reading

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“I’ll Fight” — How To Be A Spiritual Soldier

A famous quotation by William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, boldly repeats the words “I’ll fight!”  His wife, Catherine Booth, preached Aggressive Christianity. They challenged their followers to be spiritual soldiers, not passive spectators.  But how do you fight … Continue reading

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“First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it.” –Thomas Manton

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Are You Tired Of Watching Decadence In Movies & On TV?

Are you tired of movies and TV shows showing people acting out anger and angst, disrespect and disdain?  Are you fed up with watching people lying, cheating, deceiving, stealing, fighting, and killing?  Have you had enough of being brainwashed by … Continue reading

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Watching Your “Old Man” Die

Three quotes from Paul of Tarsus:  “You have put off the old man with his deeds.”  Colossians 3:9  And, “I die daily.”  1 Corinthians 15:31  And, “I am crucified with Christ.”  Galatians 2:20 Believers are called to die to self … Continue reading

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