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The “Joy” and Power of Guilt

13 August 2011, 12:00



Humble and proud. Guilty and righteous.  Loving and judging. They sound like opposites, don’t they? Maybe that is because they are. However, during my time in ATI, they often were so mixed that I was a bit confused as to their meaning. It was totally unacceptable to be proud, of course. God resists the proud, […]

The Unfair Bonus

12 August 2011, 06:00



Jesus must have enjoyed short stories. He used parables frequently. One of those stories appears in Matthew 20:1-16. It arrested my attention recently and I wondered how someone would tell the story in today’s world. Perhaps something like this: The strangest bonus Jim ever received was for a large project he worked on for six […]

Courtship Promised To Protect Me, Pt 1

11 August 2011, 06:00



  Courtship. It’s a buzzword for people, not just in ATI, but in several conservative Christian groups. Bill Gothard defines courtship: “Courtship is experiencing the blessing of God by loving the Lord Jesus Christ and honoring both sets of parents. The purpose of courtship is to determine a couple’s readiness for marriage and to discern the […]

Breaking Free

10 August 2011, 07:00



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



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 […]

Discovering the Heart of the Father

8 August 2011, 11:00



  I don’t remember too many of the details of when I got saved at three years old. My guess is that my mom had been explaining to me about God and Jesus dying that He wanted to live in my heart. I do remember mom and dad being there, that I had received a […]

Gracenotes: Are We Bitter?

7 August 2011, 16:25



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



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 […]

When the Gospel Becomes No Gospel At All

5 August 2011, 06:00



The word “gospel” means “good news.” But at some point, the Apostle Paul says, this good news can be turned on its head to become worthless, bad news. When Paul wrote to the church of Galatia, he was angered by the fact that some false teachers (often referred to by biblical scholars as “Judaizers”[1]) were […]

Emotional Purity and Courtship -A Conclusion

3 August 2011, 06:00



My heart is pretty full right now. When I posted my article on this subject, I had no idea it would go where it did. And the stories just keep pouring in! For some of you, it was just nice to know that you aren’t alone in your struggles. For others, it confirmed what you’ve […]