3 Keys to a Life of Holiness

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“She’s puttin’ stuff away,” I heard her tell my little girl. “That’s what Christians do. They put stuff away.” I shook my head a little at her mixed-up theology. If one can even call it that. All I was doing Continue reading 3 Keys to a Life of Holiness

21 Things I Love About Fostering

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We’ve been fostering children for two years now, during which time we’ve had eight children in our home as long-term placements, plus over a dozen more for shorter “respite” stays. I’ve been pretty transparent about the hardships of foster parenting, even as I try Continue reading 21 Things I Love About Fostering

Why You Don’t Need to Forgive Yourself (And What You Really Need Instead)

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If you’re haunted by past sins and failures, and have ever confided in anyone about the shame you feel, it’s likely that you’ve encountered this piece of advice: “You need to forgive yourself.” Perhaps you’ve even tried to discover how Continue reading Why You Don’t Need to Forgive Yourself (And What You Really Need Instead)

8 Keys to Spiritual Detox for Your Family

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Detox is a hot topic these days, isn’t it? As scientific research continues to reveal the mind-blowing amount of toxins in our environment, many people want to do everything within our power to limit those agents that are so harmful to Continue reading 8 Keys to Spiritual Detox for Your Family

Helping a Christian Friend With a Troubled Marriage

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No one enters marriage expecting to be unhappy. Sure, we realize that married life won’t be completely argument-free, trouble-free, or mess-free, but we still harbor hopes for a “happily ever after.” But the truth is that no marriage is perfect, and Continue reading Helping a Christian Friend With a Troubled Marriage

16 Inspirational Scriptures to Claim for 2016

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By God’s grace, I’m trusting that 2016 will be a year of becoming. Becoming the person I want to be. And becoming the person God wants me to be. But I’m all too aware that obstacles abound. Distractions will threaten my Continue reading 16 Inspirational Scriptures to Claim for 2016

A Divine Encounter’s Best Christian Blog Posts of 2015

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Today just so happens to be perfect for looking back at what God has done through A Divine Encounter over this past year. Because even though it’s good and right for our eyes to be fixed ahead, following our Savior boldly Continue reading A Divine Encounter’s Best Christian Blog Posts of 2015

Becoming the Person You Want to Be

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This time last year, I decided to take the plunge and choose “one word” as a theme for 2015. After some time in prayer and soul-searching, I knew my word for the year was act. I have to admit, I was Continue reading Becoming the Person You Want to Be

3 Implications of Jesus Christ’s Sinless Life

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The fact that Jesus Christ led a sinless life is well-known to His followers (I Peter 2:22, Hebrews 4:15, I John 3:5). I don’t know about you, but I don’t spend nearly enough time pondering why this is so. The Continue reading 3 Implications of Jesus Christ’s Sinless Life