Category Archives: understanding

Depression Metaphors, [Rust]

Trying to explain depression takes a great deal of effort. The explanations are seldom satisfactory and sadly inaccurate. Complicating the definitions are the two types of depression, which are quite different: Mild (dysthymia) Large (clinical) Both of these are radically … Continue reading

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Out of Darkness: The Kelly Willard Interview

 by Maryann B. Hunsberger | CT, originally posted 8/27/2007  After a long absence from making music, not to mention a series of tragedies—including a divorce and her daughter’s suicide—CCM veteran Kelly Willard is back on the scene. Since the early … Continue reading

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I’m a Steamroller! [the Tongue}

“And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” James 3:6, NLT I … Continue reading

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When Angels Stand Amazed

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” ~Barbara Bloom Just a short word of encouragement to … Continue reading

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Beyond Worship, [True Understanding]

“But I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will sing about your love. You are my defender, my place of safety in times of trouble. God, my strength, I will sing praises to you.  God, my defender, you are … Continue reading

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Low Sodium Christians

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” Luke 14:34 … Continue reading

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A Ministry of Encouragement

J.R. Miller (1840 – 1912) “At some point in the Alps, the guides warn tourists not to talk nor sing, nor even to whisper, lest the reverberation of their words in the air may start an avalanche from its poise … Continue reading

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