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Breaking Free

10 August 2011, 07:00

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They were raised in a normal America. They had children and then, in reaction to the symptoms of societal misdeeds, they were drawn to an organization (the Institute in Basic Life Principles) that held a checklist of answers to life’s every question. (clothing, hair style, vocabulary, music, activities, toys, pets,education, culture, friendships, dating, marriage, raising children, […]

Muzzling the Ox

9 August 2011, 06:00

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In many ways, I’ve been pretty lucky when it came to the whole Advanced Training Institute (ATI) experience. I always thought that the double standard that my parents had was weird: we could wear jeans on the farm or to work with my dad, but not to town or where anyone would see us. I […]

Gracenotes: Are We Bitter?

7 August 2011, 16:25

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Hello everyone! We are so excited to hear story after story of how God is using our website to bring healing and hope to those affected by Bill Gothard, IBLP, and ATI. Not a day goes by that we don’t receive an email or comment sharing with us how God is working in people’s lives. […]

Questioning God

6 August 2011, 02:11

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God, I know the Bible says you are good. But I need to experience it for myself! God, if you are good, show me! This was my prayer over eight years ago. After working at the Institute in Basic Life Principles headquarters office for four years, I was preparing to return home. I didn’t know […]

Communion

2 August 2011, 15:00

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Church is always an emotional landmine for me. I enter the sanctuary, wary and on guard. Fearful the smallest, most innocuous phrase will bring tears to my eyes and block my voice. Things most Christians take for granted and don’t give a second thought, send me over the edge. Certain events often bring on inappropriate emotional […]

Gracenotes: the first week

31 July 2011, 16:20

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Greetings, everyone. It’s been an exciting week as we launched the website just over eight days ago. We here on the leadership team of RG are really praying that this site would make a difference in hearts and minds. We thought we’d take a moment to share with you  some statistics as well as some […]

A Journey, Not a Formula

30 July 2011, 06:00

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“Life is a journey.” What does that mean? There is a beginning and an end.  That is quite obvious. But what about the in between? How much do we get to decide? How much seems to be decided for us – our “fate”? Would life really be easier if we had a road map or […]

Finding Relationships, Not Rules

28 July 2011, 15:00

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  I grew up in a family where both parents loved the Lord. They faithfully taught me God’s Word, providing me with every resource to grow spiritually.  At a young age I asked Jesus to come into my heart and take away my sin. I had a heart to serve God, but my desire to […]

Open Letter To My Mother

28 July 2011, 06:00

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Black Letter Box

When we were children, you followed Bill Gothard’s teaching about being “a light to the world” and forced your kids to wear matching clothes every time we left home. This made it difficult to develop my own identity. When we weren’t allowed to watch television because Gothard said it was a “corrupting influence,” I didn’t […]

My Tower Won’t Reach!

27 July 2011, 06:00

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tower of good works

MY FAMILY JOINED THE ADVANCED TRAINING INSTITUTE (ATI) IN 1986 when I was 13 years old. Drinking in the false definition of grace brought me to the belief that to maintain favor with God, I needed to live by a particular set of “standards.”  As with many other Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) teachings, […]