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A Biblical Anatomy of Conflict

Posted on 4/23/2014 by Greg Wilson

Sadly, when many of the couples I counsel first enter my office, conflict is frequent and often volatile. Sometimes, the issues couples fight over are so minor that they can’t even remember the cause of the fight by the time they come to counseling. Still, the fighting is constant. They are asking, “Why do we fight and quarrel so much?”Fortunately, God foresaw that this would be a common problem, not just in marriage, but among mankind in general. And so the Holy Spirit inspired James, the brother of our Lord, to pose that very question and answer it.

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Relationships: Why Can They Be So Scary?

Posted on 4/21/2014 by Paul Tripp

 This is the third devotional in an 8-part series on Relationships.

Why are relationship struggles so disappointing? Why do the problems we have with other people affect us so powerfully? Why is relational disappointment one of the hardest disappointments for all of us to face? Let me suggest some reasons.

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We Don’t Find Grace, Grace Finds Us

Posted on 4/14/2014 by Tullian Tchividjian

I love the introduction to Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Jesus Storybook Bible.  A piece of it goes like this:

“Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but…most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose). They get afraid and run away.

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Level the Playing Field

Posted on 4/10/2014 by Susan Thomas

Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare? As they started their infamous race, that rabbit had an unfair advantage. He was infinitely faster so the race was his to win! Maybe the tortoise felt fear? Or, maybe he resented the hare and resolved himself to failure. The hare bullied that tortoise with his verbal jabs and silent judgments. But, he got lazy. His pride and false sense of security led him to take what turned out to be a very unfortunate nap. He 

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Does Love Cover a Multitude of Sins?

Posted on 4/7/2014 by Leslie Vernick

A woman struggling in an emotionally destructive marriage once asked me, “Doesn’t love cover a multitude of sins? (1 Peter 4:8).  She continued, “Who am I to hold my husband’s sin or blindness against him?   The Bible teaches us, ‘It is good for us to overlook an offense’ (Proverbs 19:11).  Shouldn’t I just keep quiet and minister to him, and pray that he will see God’s love in me?”

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The Role of Authority in Biblical Decision Making

Posted on 4/2/2014 by Michael Snetzer

In my last blog, I put before you my take on how authority helps us to rightly apply the ideas of entitlement, enablement, and boundaries. In this blog, I will attempt to show the importance of viewing biblical decision making through the lens of authority

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Relationships: Mercy in the Mess

Posted on 3/31/2014 by Paul Tripp

This is the second devotional in an 8-part series on Relationships.  

We all dream of the perfect relationship. You know, the one that’s free of disagreement, conflict, communication difficulties, power battles, anger and control. We can envision what it would be like. The problem is, none of

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DEPRESSION AND THE MINISTRY

Posted on 3/26/2014 by Biblical Soul Care Harvest Bible Chapel

A Common Scenario

Pastor Bill and his wife Lisa had a growing church and a good marriage, but something was wrong. For over six months Bill felt tired much of the time. He found himself snapping at his kids and growing more distant from his loving wife. His sermon

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The Mathematics of Grace

Posted on 3/24/2014 by Tullian Tchividjian

I love the way Philip Yancey describes the discrepancy between our instincts and God’s instincts in his book What’s So Amazing About Grace?

By instinct I feel I must do something in order to be accepted. Grace sounds a startling note of contradiction, of liberation, and every day I must pray anew for the ability to hear its message.

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