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When You Feel Damaged, Invisible, Irrelevant and Ashamed

One day, a friend named Jane sent me the following email: Dear Scott, Can I be honest with you? Can I share with you about some of the demons that haunt me? It feels risky to say these sorts of things to my pastor, but here goes… I doubt my love for Jesus, sometimes I […]

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Pay Debt

Is debt consolidation a good way to get out of debt? No, it’s not. Debt consolidation companies try to position themselves that way, but they don’t even come close to addressing or solving the real problem. Here’s the big reason debt consolidation isn’t a good idea. It makes you feel like you truly did something […]

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Hat Trick

In sports such as hockey or soccer, if a team or individual scores three goals, it has performed what is called a “hat trick.” In the most recent term of the U.S. Supreme Court, there was a “hat trick” that occurred in the arena of religious freedom. In one case, Shurtleff v. Boston, the right […]

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Times of Refreshing

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Pastor’s Perspective by Matt Albritton, First UMC Wetumpka On Sunday, February 6, 1763, John Wesley wrote in his journal: “Knowing many were greatly tempted on occasion of these occurrences, I preached on 1 Corinthians 10:13, ‘God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you […]

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Forced Stillness,
Deeper Breaths

Have you ever been fully stopped, and forced to slow down in your life? To sit so still that your mind, body, and soul relent completely? When you were forced to rest so hard that you had no choice but to cave? To release? To give up both control and power? Nothing did that more […]

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Happy
Thoughts

Positive thinking helps our moods, attitudes, and lives. What skills do you need when you feel you have become a negative person?

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Do We Need
HOPE?

Sometimes that question is a no-brainer. We turn on the news or pull it up online and are instantly bombarded with pain and struggle. We’re left working through questions about the meaning of life and why things like [fill in the blank] happen. Yes, we need lots of hope, and we need it fast! Then […]

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He Is Not Ashamed
by
Erik Raymond

We are at an interesting point in history in which, when people look to the past, they seem more likely to cringe than to celebrate. It has become customary for people to look to their forbears and then disavow them or apologize for them in what has become almost a ritualistic purgation. There are many […]

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Tearing Us Apart
by
Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis

I have read quite a number of books on the subject of abortion. Almost invariably, those books focus on the harm abortion does to an unborn child. And for good reason—abortion is the unjust and immoral killing of a human being. While society around us attempts to disguise abortion through a host of denials or […]

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Seasons…and How to Not Judge Them

Do you ever feel the quote, “Never judge someone based on a season” could be your own life advice? Or just something you have to remember to repeat to yourself when you feel called to point out another person’s behavior or decisions? The kind of judgment that is based on what people might notice about […]