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5 Lessons from The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

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Corrie ten Boom is known for rescuing hundreds of Jews during WW2 through her work in the Dutch underground. Telling this incredible story in The Hiding Place, she begins slow, with glimpses into her childhood, her life as a young adult trying to navigate her future, and the years preceding the Nazi occupation of Holland. What is remarkable is how the lessons from these times, as Corrie frames...

Claire Culwell: An Abortion Survivor’s Story of Hope, Belonging, and Forgiveness

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When Claire Culwell met her birth mother for the first time, she expected the overwhelming emotions that came with finally greeting the woman who had brought her into the world. She wanted to thank her birth mother for choosing life for her, and she expected the tears shed on both sides. But what Claire could never have expected was the impact that meeting would have on the rest of her life. “At...

Learning to be Gracious When We’d Rather Judge Others

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“Judge not, that you be not judged.” The words Jesus spoke in Matthew 7:1 can be a hard message to live by. I want to be up front and honest with you: I’m not perfect. I am tempted to judge people for a variety of reasons, but maybe primarily because judging them makes me feel good. It makes me feel better about myself. When I judge people, I may or may not be accurate in what I think about them...

It’s Time to Bring Back Forgiveness

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When someone apologizes to you, do you respond with the obligatory “it’s ok,” or take it a step further and tell that person you forgive them for the offense? A few weeks ago, I was in a disagreement with a friend. When she apologized, I sent her a text back that said that I forgave her. It feels strange when you’ve been conditioned to say “it’s ok” and just move on. Forgiveness is weird. It’s...

Lust Was My Story (But It’s Not the End of My Story)

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Honesty feels great. But it’s also unbelievably painful. This is probably going to be the most uncomfortable article I will ever write. So be it. I’m done with skeletons in my closet. I hope after this you will be as well. This is the story of my life. A lot of people assume that just because I was baptized at thirteen and have never gone to jail or done drugs, I have the typical “good...

Shame Will Strangle You—Fight It

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She sat across from me, clutching the coffee mug tightly in her hands. This was supposed to be a normal conversation in a café, yet quickly became anything but. As her words and then tears began to trickle and then gush out, I quickly came to sit beside her, letting the torrential rain of hurt and grief flow out. When the storm had slowed, she looked at me with broken eyes. Her hurt is not mine...

5 Ways to Be Free From Sin (And What I’ve Learned About Forgiveness)

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Lately, I’ve learned a lot about myself. God has made me see the power I have in him, but I’ve also realized just how evil and corrupt I can be. It hurts to see the sin inside my heart. As Christians, our souls long to be to be free from the anger, lust, depression, addiction, and hatred in and around us. In a poem by John Newton called I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow, the narrator asks God to...

Why Do I Have to Forgive?

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We’ve all experienced pain. There have been times when people hurt us so badly–emotionally or physically–that we don’t see how we can forgive them. All we can think about is getting even with them. Today, I want to share with you three reasons why Christians need to forgive. 1. God Forgave Us First When we sin, we isolate ourselves from God. God cannot associate with sinners like us...

10 Things I Hate About Myself

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Yes, this is a rant post. Although it’s not your usual rant. It’s a rant about me, to me. The other day my best friend asked me that wonderful question: “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?” But of course, rather than just making myself feel a small portion of self-loathing, I used up all the fingers I have to list a whopping ten. Unfortunately...

rebelling against low expectations

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