The Joy of Repentance

The Joy of Repentance

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I hope that there are very few of you who will ever see me right after I have committed a huge error. Whether I make them knowingly or by mistake, my errors inspire extreme defensiveness about the whole situation. It’s the way my mind works. I generate reasons that the action was not (solely) my fault. There were extenuating circumstances…

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The Love Fail Part II

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So how should I respond to Paul’s “love fail”? And how should I deal with Liz’s disappointment?   Liz: While a more sanctified person would gently smile and think “well, it is the thought that counts” I found that much harder to do while staring at a grease-stained dress. But realistically speaking, this type of situation will happen often within a…

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The Love Fail

The Love Fail

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It’s the end of the week and time for a “marriage situation” post.  We’ll post the situation today and its biblical solution tomorrow. As always  my comments will be normal shading and Paul’s will be bolded. This week we write about a somewhat normal occurrence within any close relationship. Marriage usually is not made up of big sacrificial moments of love, but of ordinary moments…

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The Eternal Optimism of the Unstained Mind

The Eternal Optimism of the Unstained Mind

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One of the things that first attracted me to Liz was her indomitable optimism. She was always encouraging, empathetic. . .and optimistic. With a sunny smile, this strange creature would say things like “everything will be fine,” “I’m sure that won’t happen,” or the less common “I’m sure your world won’t dissolve into an abyss of wretched pain tomorrow at…

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