forgiveness

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Do you sometimes wish you could go back and shift the hands of time? “Hey, Jesus,” you say as you work through your to-do list, “I’m not quite meeting my goals here. Stress is mounting!” This week I have the pleasure of introducing friend and Spirit-led business/spiritual mentor Kathie Nelson. Kathie connects Kingdom and the […]

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By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35 NIV).  When you go through transition, is your self-talk riddled with regret? Wednesday I put my 26-year-old son, Andy, on a plane bound for Tokyo. Japanese is his total passion. Over the course of the last 10 years, […]

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(Mac Powell, James Autry, Steven Curtis Chapman, William Autry, Emily Hare, Brandon Heath, me) When we show up, the Holy Spirit likes to show off. Want to know a secret to forgiving yourself that’s hidden in a surprising place? Friday night, my friend James Autry, his 16-year-old, William, my 22-year-old, Emily, and I excitedly got […]

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Facebook Post:  To the thief who stole my wallet at Pioneer Courthouse Square today: I pray that God hunts you down and tackles you with His irrational, reckless, relentless grace. I pray that you get arrested by His presence and become a victim of His plan of redemption. Earlier this month, I prayed with a […]

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When you and I struggle with self-forgiveness, we’ve usually got deep, painful wounds put there by the enemy in the past. Do you want to know how to exact sweet revenge? Tell your story!  At the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland last week, I met the amazing Marlys Johnson, a cancer widow who joyfully writes and […]

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Do you ever have one of those weeks when you’re stuck emotionally? You feel like your mental energies are drained and you’re shouldering a […]

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I’m so excited. All these years I thought maybe God wanted us to keep a respectful distance from our friends’ loot. But then I found a teensy loophole, just big enough to slide a needle through. It seems that “Thou shalt not steal” applies to standards of everyday living sort of. Sometimes. Maybe. I struggled with […]

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In deep communion with the Holy Spirit, I saw a display of His power. The mighty rush of a river That ricocheted from one bank to the other A switchback coursing the side of a mountain. The sound of the swishing rose and fell In cadence with Christ’s heartbeat. From the stream that danced And rippled and […]

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Have you experienced setbacks and wished you could turn back the hands of time? Do you struggle with regret? Good news: one simple step will empower you to think more clearly and take back your heart and home. That one act: forgive yourself. When my son, Ben, was an infant, I wrapped my car around […]

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It’s a good thing grace is at the core of this thing we call faith, I thought to myself. I struggled to worship, even to pray, as I mentally reviewed a list of offenses. An elderly neighbor roared at small children for squealing on their bikes as they rode past his home. A pal didn’t respond […]

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