Reflections of Grace 149: Stuck in a Pattern?

Stuck in a pattern? Prevent the past from repeating itself [display_podcast]Georgia had finally reached the end of her rope when she came in for coaching.  She was on her third husband and could not understand why he was so much like the former two husbands who were rageful, controlling and vengeful.  She longed for a peaceful marriage but her feeble attempts to ‘fix’ these men had made her feel like such a failure and her husband helped her along with that by saying that yes, she was a lose … [Read more...]

Unorthodox Violence & Redemption: An Interview with John Hintz (part 2)

[display_podcast]Welcome back!This week is actually part two of my conversation with my buddy, John Hintz. If you didn’t catch part 1, I really recommend you go check it out. Last week, we covered John’s life from his childhood up through around the age of 25.And, this week, we talk about the part of John’s story where he realized that God was there. As John says himself, “This is my God Story”.Then, as we hear more and more of John’s life, we see how God shows up and everything k … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: Sweetly Woven

When Geanine Gregory was seven years old, a neighbor sexually abused her. The abuse produced feelings of guilt and shame that were never discussed in her family, thus harvesting years of sexual sin in Geanine’s life.At the age of nine, Geanine’s parents divorced, and she was forced to leave her father and live with her mother and older sister. She learned to provide for herself because her mom worked long hours to provide for Geanine and her sister. This type of independence wrongly taught he … [Read more...]

Unorthodox Violence: An Interview with John Hintz (part 1)

Unorthodox Violence: An Interview with John Hintz (part 1) [display_podcast]Do you ever look back on your life and see God in the rear view mirror? At the risk of mixing a motherload of metaphors, you may not see Him while He’s alongside you, but when you look back in time, you can see how all the puzzle pieces of your life have been put together by God, Himself.This week, we get to have a cool conversation with a buddy of mine named John. It’s going to be a little bit different – a two- … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: The Glory to Come – Part 3

Within 24 hours, they agreed that Jake needed to go to rehab. Tuesday, the Harrisons were on a plane to Florida to a facility that would take Jake. The plane ride was terrible. The two-hour drive to the center was terrible. They got lost. They fought. But by Wednesday, Jake was in rehab, awakening to the truth of God’s love—that through Christ, Jake and Rebecca had the rest they so desperately needed.October 20, 2010 was the first day Jake went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and the fir … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 134: Toxic “Christians”

[display_podcast]Have you ever been deeply disillusioned by someone whom you thought was a friend but turned out to be a controller or manipulator and when you didn’t comply with their demands they dropped you?  Do you think because we are to seek to love everyone with God’s unconditional love that means you should allow them total access into your life?Actually real genuine love has many boundaries.  To enable someone to treat you with anything less than respect is actually enabling them … [Read more...]