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Category Archives: Finding Hope and Healing

Grace, Grace, and More Grace

1 April 2014, 06:00

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Editor’s note: The following article was written by Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of Billy Graham, and republished with permission. You can find the original post from December of last year, here.   The definition I give for grace in One-Way Love comes from Paul Zahl: Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to […]

Was It All Wrong?

27 March 2014, 06:00

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Okay, now we have left the legalist church/organization/teacher. Now what? Where do we stand? Do we throw out everything we learned? How do we sort out all of this? Does it all just need to go? I have been getting a lot of these questions lately. Doug Phillips and Vision Forum are gone. Bill Gothard […]

Stolen Treasures

11 March 2014, 06:00

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was  originally published on March 11, 2013. A recent article on Recovering Grace, entitled “Moving On,” prompted me to think about the reason it is so difficult to move forward after being victimized by legalism. As I have worked with those hurt by legalism over the years, I have often heard stories about what […]

The Question of Grief: “Who am I now?”

28 February 2014, 13:00

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Photo credit: Charlie Johnson

Beginning September 12, 2013, the northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado received more than its yearly precipitation in just a few days. Rivers that normally flowed from one to three feet deep were ten or more feet above their flood stage. Eighteen miles of Highway 34 between Estes Park and Loveland were […]

The Detour

16 January 2014, 06:00

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The Detour by Michelle Kohler I took a detour to myself, To my fears and doubts in my mind; To my feelings of hopelessness and hurt Of pain and confusion and shame. I took a detour to the self That yells and screams for his own way, That feeds on being right Sobbing at the […]

What Grace Means to Me

16 December 2013, 06:00

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One of the things Jesus has been so faithful to show me throughout my journey of healing from ATI is the beauty of grace. Grace is something I never fully understood until recently. Although I had heard people talk about grace, my understanding of what it really meant ended at knowing that I was saved […]

No Condemnation!

5 December 2013, 06:00

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I remember the exact moment when I realized that Jesus loved me—and LIKED me—ALL the time, not just when I had performed correctly. My life seemed like it was falling apart around me. I was no longer able to control everything and come across as a “godly” person. I started having panic attacks, and because […]

We Are Grateful

28 November 2013, 06:00

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It’s Thanksgiving and all across the social media venues, I’m sure you’ve seen or heard “30 days of Thanks” type of updates.  Sometimes it is difficult for me to do those things because they don’t feel very genuine. I am not one who likes to post something just for the sake of posting. And many […]

Letter from a Survivor of Spiritual Abuse

25 November 2013, 06:00

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To all those who are a part of my life in some way: Please don’t tell me that my parents loved me and “only wanted what was best” for me. When I hear you say that, I hear you telling me that all the spiritual abuse, oppression, and deep pain I have felt and experienced […]

When I was on Fire

7 November 2013, 06:00

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“What do I know of You, Who spoke the world in motion? Where have I even stood, but soil along Your ocean? Are You fire, are You fury? Are You sacred, are You beautiful? What do I know – what do I know of holy?” ~ Addison Road Once upon a time I thought that […]