The Lies That Hijack My Christmas

My husband and I have been talking about what it would mean for us to downsize Christmas. We aren’t unique. It seems like there are a lot of voices advocating for this lately. And for good reason. The day that is meant for celebrating the birth of our Savior has been hijacked. For some of us, it has been hijacked by four or more sets of parents, stepparents, grandparents and in-laws expecting “quality time” in one day. For some of us, it has been hijacked by gift-giving. And by gift-giving, I mean parking lot wars, Black Friday mobs, must-have toys, and credit-card debt. […]

By | 2014-12-04T05:30:03+00:00 December 4th, 2014|Categories: Learn and Apply|Tags: , , |

Nurturing the Sculpting Stone of Truth

I recently saw a video on Facebook of a baby elephant stumbling over a ledge and the mother elephant hurrying to help the baby up. Within a few moments the mother was right there to nurture and love the distraught baby. The video is found here . I was reminded when I saw it that built into the instinct of every “kind” that God creates is an innate desire to protect and care for their young. I don’t speak elephant (obviously) but you can almost hear the mother elephant saying: “Are you ok?? Come here and stand with mommy. Listen Jr. that ledge is dangerous next time you will need to be more careful.” […]

By | 2017-09-08T10:04:45+00:00 November 24th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Learn and Apply, 2:10|Tags: , |

How Truth Impacts Autism

Some of Reconciled World’s partners work to teach biblical truth to churches, young people, or other Christian groups. In His Image, on the other hand, works to demonstrate the impact of biblical truth on one specific vulnerable group–students with special needs and their families. The reality is that what we believe impacts what we do. It affects people individually as well as allowing for corrupt and oppressive systems. The beliefs that disabled children are the result of a curse on their family, that they are worthless and shameful, have countless ripple effects on those with disabilities and the larger society in India. By operating a center that draws out the true potential of these children, that lie has started to be broken down. But changing deeply-held [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:04:52+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, In His Image, Stories|Tags: , |

What is Biblical Truth?

I remember the first time I heard the phrase "ideas have consequences." It’s a powerful idea, but left me initially skeptical. If true, it changes everything. Much of my work in development up until then had been focused on programs bringing skills training. While we had seen results, there was nothing stunning. We reworked our programs and refocused our efforts in an attempt to find out what difference it would make to focus on teaching biblical truth (the long story is here). The impact was amazing. As churches and communities understood God’s truth and started to apply it, God lifted them up out of poverty.  Miracles happened and lives were changed. Truly the verse, ‘If my people who are called by my name, will humble [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:04:59+00:00 November 17th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Learn and Apply, From the Directors|Tags: , |

Jenga and Truth: Why Ideas Have Consequences

My eyes are examining the leaning unstable tower with a calculated analysis of cause and effect. A gentle tug reveals the block is bearing full weight…a quick change of strategy. I now zoom in on a partly dislodged block on the other side of the tower. Carefully, slowly…my fingertips clench the block and ever so slightly tug the edge of the shape. The tower begins to sway and I quickly stop…waiting a few moments, trying to will the tower to find stability and re-gather its equilibrium. After a deep breath, my steady hand again attempts to dislodge the block with slow steady pressure…slowly…sloooowly…CRASH!!! The tower crumbles to the ground with a thunder of sound and a squeal of surprise. JENGA!!! The game is over and [...]

By | 2017-09-08T10:05:11+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Categories: Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies, Learn and Apply|Tags: , |
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