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Why I Choose to Not Burn The Shack Up or Down ~ Tonya Brown

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in Blogs | 0 comments

Why I Choose to Not Burn The Shack Up or Down ~ Tonya Brown

      As a writer, I know how difficult it is to write from my Christian worldview—from a faith that is ever growing in truth and grace. As a Christian, I know how hard we can be on one another. As a Caring for the Heart coach, I know how damaging emotional pain is to our ability to give and receive love, even the perfect love of our Triune God. When someone touches our pain, we react. Those three perspectives motivate my thoughts. In deciding whether to enter the fray over the merits/demerits of William Paul Young’s novel The...

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Created to be Counter Cultural ~ Tonya Brown

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Blogs | 0 comments

Created to be Counter Cultural ~ Tonya Brown

My mother taught me there is a place for everything and everything belongs in its place—something she picked up along the way from Benjamin Franklin. My mother is an organizer, and I’ve learned to follow her example since nothing annoys me more than wasting time looking for something that wasn’t returned to where it belongs. But then I read Jesus’ prayer in John’s gospel: Father, I don’t ask you to take my followers out of the world, but keep them safe from the evil one. They don’t belong to this world, and neither do I. John 17:15-16 CEV If...

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The Challenges of Being Counter-Cultural

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

The Challenges of Being Counter-Cultural

The Challenges of Being Counter-Cultural   5 Ways to Engage While Being Different by Diana Asaad   Over 2 billion people world-wide label themselves Christians. Yet, conventional Christianity is a concept that is becoming transformed into an unrecognizable hybrid.   Would the early church identify themselves along with the Christians of today? I don’t believe so.   Modern Christianity is getting a bad rap. Hypocrisy. Judgmental. Intolerant. But where did that reputation come from? Are we as a group of believers responsible for at...

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LOVING WELL IS COUNTER CULTURAL! by Kim Dent

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

LOVING WELL IS COUNTER CULTURAL! by Kim Dent

LOVING WELL IS COUNTER CULTURAL!     counterculture- (noun) 1.an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm     I have been a rule follower all of my life. The years of trying to hide the secret of my childhood victimization made me a pro at blending in. Years after I had experienced deep healing from this experience, I still find myself fading back into anonymity, and not because of my shame but because of pride and laziness. It’s so much easier to go with the flow of societal current rather than...

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SOPHOMORE SLUMP ~ Tonya Brown

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

SOPHOMORE SLUMP ~ Tonya Brown

God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. 2 Timothy 1:7 MSG I attended a small college in Indiana. I was born and grew up in the Hoosier state. I never really ventured very far from my home, so the college I selected was only seven miles from our house. (My single act of fearlessness was choosing to live in a campus dorm with a roommate I’d never met.) As a freshman I attended general education classes, had nearly perfect attendance, and accumulated a decent GPA. My second year I took more classes related...

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A Fearless Kind of Love ~ Kim Dent

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

A Fearless Kind of Love ~ Kim Dent

  For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, of love and of a sound mind.     2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)   “Fear is not from God… We need to exercise faith over fear… There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out fear.” I’ve heard so many quotes, scriptures and sermons encouraging me to stop being fearful, I’ve almost drowned it out.   Why does God consistently tell us “do not fear”? I have a hunch it’s because “fearful” is our fleshly mode of operation. I know it is for me. Power, love and a sound mind are traits that...

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Caring for the Heart “Power” Perspective ~by Diana Asaad

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Caring for the Heart “Power” Perspective ~by Diana Asaad

Luke 21:34 (NIV) “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.   Power Perspective: What does caring for the heart really mean? Well, no simple answer can be found, partly because God gave us each a unique heart, with distinct needs, so there is no one size fits all solution. There are however clues and direction that can be found in the Bible. I do think that the verse above has some rare evidences that can begin to bring...

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CFTH Women from the Inside Out ~ by Tonya Brown

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

CFTH Women from the Inside Out ~ by Tonya Brown

My newest favorite movie is Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. As a fiction writer I’m familiar with little voices inside my head, so I was drawn to the film when I first viewed the trailer. If you haven’t seen this movie, I give you permission to watch the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seMwpP0yeu4 right now. Just be sure you come back here when it’s over. I can relate to the main character, Riley, because I’ve been uprooted a few times. I, too, started out in the Midwest and sometimes miss the familiar. My son loves pond hockey, and we put...

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Are You Living and Loving Wholeheartedly? ~ by Kim Dent

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

Are You Living and Loving Wholeheartedly? ~ by Kim Dent

I remember a time in my life when the secret shame and pain of my heart refused to be stuffed down anymore. I was a young mom with a husband and two young daughters. Outwardly I was the picture of a woman who had it all together. PTO president, beautiful home, great husband, well behaved kids—most of the time, friends and family whom I loved and who loved me. But inside, my heart was a shambles. You see, I harbored the dark secret of childhood sexual molestation since the age of five years old. I had never told a soul and like most abused...

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What’s In a Verse? Power’s Perspective

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Blogs | 0 comments

What’s In a Verse? Power’s Perspective

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us the spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love and self-discipline.” This verse has particular significance this year, in that Facebook picked it. I cheekily say that to infer my love hate relationship with social media. It has been both my connection point and my isolation source in the past and I still struggle with my relationship status with it. When my ministry partners received their verses (both the same) they encouraged me to do mine and an internal tug of war ensued. What if I get the odd...

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