Dealing with Abusive Men in the Church: Why You Don’t Need to Forgive Them or Offer Them More Grace

Abusers: You Don't Need to Forgive Them or Give Them More Grace Sermon Audio by Sam Powell I hope you will listen to Sam Powell's sermon (link above). I've taken a few notes from the sermon, below. What he preaches is contrary to the policy of many churches. It's the Truth, as I have experienced […]

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Tell Your Story

Tell your story, heal your world. By: Susan Schiller "It may be that when we no longer know what to do, We have come to our real work, And when we no longer know which way to go, We have begun our real journey." – Wendell Berry We have enough victims in this dark world; […]

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Closure with an Abuser

By: Deborah White Dove Some enemies are meant to return to us as friends. Others are "tares" or "children of the devil" and they have committed themselves to destruction. We cannot align ourselves with them. We cannot forgive them, give them grace, or have any type of fellowship with them. We are not even to […]

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The Physics of Faith, Hope and Love

Faith as a Catalyst for Hope and Love By: Susan Deborah Schiller There are still days when I feel disconnected… like my brain has a huge lag… when I feel lost in the dark. The neuroscience behind pathological love relationships helps me to understand there will be these kinds of days. It takes a long time […]

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Neuroscience Behind Pathological Love Relationships

In the PTSD Zone: The Anti-Happiness Plague Have you stepped down from a career? Feel like your life will never be normal again? Unable to take normal environmental noise and stress anymore? Are you asking, "What happened to me – I can't think straight anymore!" Do you have feelings of having lost identity? Are you […]

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The Fire of His Love is My Protection

I Am Surrounded by a Holy Wall of Fire Are you feeling weak, vulnerable, or just sort of lost? It could be that your walls of protection have crumbled or perhaps were never built. I'd like to help you rebuild that wall – not an ordinary wall, mind you – but a Wall of Fire. […]

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Treasures in the Darkness: Discovering the Intense Beauty that Emerges from Torture and Deep Pain

By: Susan Deborah Schiller "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name. — Isaiah 45:3 God's ways are not our ways. He is not the one who brings torture […]

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His Eye is on the Sparrow

His Eye is on the Sparrow By: Susan Schiller The song, "His Eye is on the Sparrow," has been playing on the Spirit station of my mind. "Economic justice" is a phrase I've been running into a lot lately, and it's message is burrowing deep into my mind. Down beneath the layers of self-preservation. Who […]

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Moving that Mountain to Find Your True Self

  Moving that Mountain to Find Your True Self By: Susan Deborah Schiller The journey to freedom tests everything in you. We're talking miles and miles of torturous, narrow paths that point you straight up steep mountain cliffs and across jagged precipices. Sharp rocks and dizzy heights are the unnegotiables on this path. I don't […]

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Freedom from Fear

Freedom "Leave me here freely all alone In cell where never sunlight shone  should no one ever speak to me This golden silence makes me free." Part of a poem written by a prisoner at Dachau concentration camp   I used to dream every night about escaping concentration camps. Inwardly, a concentration camp is our […]

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Heaven is Near Earth

Heaven is Near Earth By: Susan Deborah Schiller Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and a host of other diseases plague victims of abuse, like flies on a carcass. Church members who had watched me slipping away into the fog of PTSD symptoms told me, "You need intensive care. Why don't you go lay on a beach and […]

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The “Perfect Prey” for a Religious Sociopath

The Perfect Prey By: Susan Deborah Schiller Next Chapters: Part 1: The Perfect Prey   Part 2: 10 Red Flags You're Marrying A Sociopath   Part 3: Did You Marry the Wrong Mr. Right?    Part 4: Create Your Own Jailbreak   Bethany Deaton, age 27, died October 30, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri with a plastic […]

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Rule in the Midst of Your Enemies – A Different Kind of Peace

A Different Kind of Peace By: Susan Deborah Schiller “Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.” ~ Jeremiah 33:3 I asked God to show me the future – what I should be believing for and working toward. The first thing I saw was a company of […]

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A “Wasted” Life, the Very Best Life

Opening the Eyes of My Heart By: Susan Deborah Schiller  in the series, "Conversations with Daddy" I wanted to change the world. Ever since I was a little child I dreamed of going to foreign lands, solving the problems of world hunger and clean water for at least one community. It didn't seem fair that […]

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My Magical Life: The Day I Broke Up With Normal

My Magical Life: The Day I Broke Up With Normal By: Susan Deborah Schiller I tried very hard to conform to this world, but I broke up with normal. Like a porcelain statue, the world of illusions shattered around me, some of the shards piercing my soul. Pain inside and pain outside, no nonsense sentinels […]

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Creating Beauty out of Chaos

Creating Beauty out of Chaos By: Susan Deborah Schiller Photo Credit Chaos… descending upon an elementary school in Oklahoma where children huddled, terrified and battered by an horrific tornado. Children and teachers dead. In Ohio, three teenage girls kidnapped and held captive for ten years just a few feet away from good people. In Florida, a […]

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The Healing Power of Beauty

The Power of Beauty By: Susan Deborah Schiller "The world will be saved by beauty." — Doestoevsky Since I moved out West the majesty of snow-capped mountains, rushing white-water rivers, and the beauty of wild flowers and trees have rejuvenated my weary soul. Beauty has seemingly magical power to cleanse and illuminate the dark places in […]

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The Code that Turns Dark to Light, Crooked to Straight

The Code: Making the Dark Light By: Susan Schiller "All Truth is God's Truth," was the first lesson I learned in college. Truth is the code that unlocks our inheritance – that launches us into a radical lifestyle – the one that Jesus modeled for us, and then told us, "You can do even greater […]

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A Portrait of Love

Love's Truest Meaning By: Kimberly Dimick I have been thinking and meditating on Jesus as our Bridegroom… It is God who spins, like golden threads, the fascination of romance and passion… God who is ravished by His Bride and is swept away by her beauty.   Christ's love was demonstrated out in the open to […]

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When it Seems Impossible to Go On

How Will We Make it through the Night? By: Susan Deborah Schiller Snippets from the writing of Brennan Manning "When tragedy makes its unwelcome appearance and we are deaf to everything but the shriek of our own agony, when courage flies out the window and the world seems to be a hostile, menacing place, it […]

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