Category Archives: Unresolved issues

Suffering in silence

She finally gained the necessary courage to tell me a story that she had kept to herself until that point. Continue reading

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Moving from anxiety to peace

Anxiety can trouble our minds and distract us from the normal flow of life. Anxiety can be anything from annoying to distracting to debilitating. It can also be caused by and effect physical conditions. Continue reading

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Question about forgiveness and reconciliation

Here’s a question I was asked in a piece I wrote for TheGospelCoalition:  What can you do when you feel a person has severely wronged you but the person simply doesn’t believe he has done anything wrong? In this case, … Continue reading

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Guarding cherished resentments

A woman who was sexually abused and struggling to be free from anger and bitterness toward her abuser made a powerful acknowledgment when she said, “I began to move toward freedom when I got to a place where I refused to tie my soul to the one who hurt me.” Continue reading

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A closer look at forgiveness

To allow an injury to double into resentment and bitterness only brings deeper misery into our lives. Emotional revenge might feel natural and even justifiable but emotions like anger and resentment only spread injury and pain. They also become a means of giving an offender more control over our lives. Continue reading

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When God restores you

 Do you ever feel like you need God to do a work of restoration in your life? We need times of refreshment and restoration. We need this because something has been depleted or diminished. I can identify with this experience … Continue reading

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7 behaviors of love in community

(A study of Romans 12:9-11) Sincere (v.9) Passionately Discerning (v.9) Affectionate (v.10) Honoring (v.10) Diligent (not lazy) (v. 11) Enthusiastic (in Spirit) (v. 11) Under the Lord (as a servant) (v. 11) Audio message: The Best Way to Live. Steve Cornell

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