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You did not choose me, but I chose you

You did not choose me, but I chose you (John 15:16) After I reached a memorable point of surrender to faith, I found myself thanking God over and over for opening my heart to him.  I had been reviewing my selfish, sinful choices in life, and I felt so relieved that my...

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Honesty, a Building Block of Community

Why is it that so often we have difficulty being honest with one another, particularly with our Christian friends?  I’m not talking about lying, although that can be a part of the problem.  Mostly, I’m talking about how we use the “F” word.  How are you doing?  I’m...

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Why Do Emotions Affect Our Belief Systems? 

In both my own journey and through my observations of many of the men and women who have come to Where Grace Abounds over the years, I’ve noticed a pattern in which men and women sometimes get caught up.  I’ll start with an illustration from my own life to explain....

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Reconciliation Stories: Here and Now

Series Focus:  “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who...

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Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Navigating friendships is hard when same-sex attraction is present. Just when I think I have it all figured out and have matured enough to handle awkwardness, another friendship teaches me a humbling lesson. Not too long ago, a new acquaintance in my graduate program...

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Search me, O God, and know my heart

Search me, O God, and know my heart (Psalm 139:23) I expect many are familiar with this typical scene in a police television drama or movie. A suspect is slammed against a car or a wall so the officers of the law can feel up and down the alleged criminal's body,...

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The Power of Secrecy

Secrets are powerful.  I’m not talking about the little bits of information and gossip that we inadvertently or surreptitiously obtain about one another.  The secrets I’m referring to are the ones we keep about ourselves, the parts of ourselves we perceive would...

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