Heart Work

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Repentance is a hard word for us to hear because it can strike our hearts to fear of criticism or abandonment.  God always has a bigger and better plan for us if we open our hearts to hear.  Psalm 51 has been a useful psalm for the community of God’s people as guide to lead in understanding the beauty and … Read More

Never Recover

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When you have faced a grievous wrong, it can feel like your enemies have pushed you face-down on the ground pushing your face into the mud.  This is a picture of things that are still having effects in the present: searing pain, unhealed wounds, feeling wronged by people in powerful places. How do we heal from sufferings that remain fresh … Read More

The Association that Heals Shame

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Shame has a long history. It starts right at the beginning of Genesis 3:6-10, where we see the stuff of life crammed all into one paragraph: God, temptations, self-consciousness, and shame.  One by one, shame’s trinity of nakedness, rejection, and contamination come marching by.  Nakedness came first.  For Adam and Eve it seemed as if nakedness dominated.  They hoped fig … Read More