Author: Liz Wann

Measuring Disunity and Modesty by the Standard of the Gospel

I grew up in a church that handed out a modesty checklist to young girls. Some of the rules were: You can’t wear shirts with spaghetti straps unless you wear something under it or over it. You cannot wear any prints or fabrics that drew attention to your chest. Your tank top straps should measure four fingers wide or else pitch it. You must always wear board shorts over the bottoms of any bathing suit (even a traditional one piece). We tried to follow and enforce these rules. And it all bred severe criticism, judgment, legalism, and self-righteousness. We...

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The Wounds of Christ: An Instrument of Healing in the Redeemer’s Hands

Time heals all wounds. But does it really? As time edges on will it completely erase our pain? Will we truly forget the trauma? I would propose that it really depends on how we use that time. If we are using time to our advantage, we’ll be seeking help, counsel, encouragement, care, and gracious accountability. If we are real with ourselves and admit we need time to heal, we’ll have to work at it. We’ll need to be vulnerable, process biblically, and seek out the grace of God; the One who heals the brokenhearted and is near the crushed...

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The Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges

When we think of being blessed thoughts of financial abundance and success naturally fill our minds. Job promotions, smart children, luxurious vacations, and material possessions make us feel blessed. But what if this isn’t what Scripture means when it talks about being blessed? Vaneetha Rendall Risner says, “What is blessing, then? Scripture shows that blessing is anything God gives that makes us fully satisfied in him. Anything that draws us closer to Jesus. Anything that helps us relinquish the temporal and hold on more tightly to the eternal.” What if blessing has more to do with our spiritual growth...

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