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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 […]

Unredefining Grace

29 July 2011, 06:00

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Clouds in the sky

God saved us by his grace (Eph 2:8-9). There is nothing that we did to earn his favor. Spiritually, we were dead! Salvation is a free gift that God freely chooses to give us out of his incredibly huge wealth of kindness. The apostle Paul was so consumed with thinking about God’s grace that he […]

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 […]

When Tragedy Strikes

27 July 2011, 18:13

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I got the call last Saturday. “Aaron passed away last night,” the friend on the other end told me. I was in shock. Aaron was basically my age, and he had a precious 3-year-old daughter and a young wife. He was on the worship team at my last church. We had played, chatted, and worked […]

Dividing Sister and Brother

27 July 2011, 12:45

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The cardinal rule for those who live and work at Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) training centers is that unmarried persons of opposite genders do not mix. They especially do not “single each other out” or show any form of affection to one another. In some ways, this is perfectly understandable: you can hardly […]

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, […]

Work Parties

26 July 2011, 12:15

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Stacks of Paper to be assembled

Some of my most vivid memories from my times at IBLP Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, center around “work parties.” For those who aren’t familiar with this oxymoronic term,  a “work party” is when a bunch of students “volunteer” to work after hours on a specific project so that it can be completed on deadline. […]

Children Leading Children

24 July 2011, 20:00

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Sometimes I wonder if those who were in charge at the various training centers really thought about what they were doing when they put young people “in charge” of other young people. I know that age does not always matter when it comes to authority and respect, but it can sometimes be very important. There […]

How the Teachings of Emotional Purity and Courtship Damage Healthy Relationships

22 July 2011, 05:21

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There are many times that I don’t realize just how much strange teaching I’ve had to undo in my life. I usually don’t realize it until times when I try to explain them to someone else. This happened to me the other night. A dear friend and I were talking about our kids and how […]