Perspective Changers

Around my mid-forties something drastic happened. I woke up one day and I couldn’t see! Not that I was blind exactly, I just couldn’t see. I picked up a bottle of Tylenol and I couldn’t read the small print, I squinted reading the Scripture references in my Bible, I pulled books further from my lap . . . what was happening?! When it finally dawned on me that I might be having the same issue...

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Why Are We so Easily Offended?

I’ve been a pastor’s wife for more than thirty years now, and there is one characteristic I’ve witnessed in most churches. For people who’ve been given loads of grace, and shown undeserved mercy at the cross, we can be a cranky lot. And easily offended. I’m not talking about my church in particular. I’m talking about Christians in general. Read the blogs and the Twitter feeds, stop in...

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What Every Friendship Needs

Do you have friends who’ve shown themselves faithful and true? I have friends like that. There is a tangible comfort that comes from enduring friendships; from deep relationships forged over a lifetime. God-glorifying friendships can serve as an “iron-sharpening-iron” process that stimulates our spiritual growth. I’ve been thinking about what the description of a true friend might look...

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Help Those Women!

I love how Scripture includes inspiring acts of heroism, but at the same time, it doesn’t cover up the warts and messiness of real life. Take for instance how we get a sneak peek into a conflict between two women in the church at Philippi: Euodia and Syntyche. We really don’t know much about them other than the fact that they were not in agreement with one another. I’ve never seen a “cat...

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United as One

In yesterday’s post, we saw that the key to “esteeming others as better” is following Christ’s example. Today, let’s look again at Philippians 2 and find an unusual word there as we consider what kind of relationships we can have within our church bodies. Have you ever witnessed a church fight? Not a pretty sight. At all. Apparently some women in the church at Philippi were having a...

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