Gretchen Rodriguez

What we say, especially during times of stress, reveals our truest beliefs. Our words unveil our fears and doubts. Anger and tears are more than moments of venting. They point to areas that need the healing touch of Jesus. Even sarcasm can indicate a place of wounding. Don’t mask your true feelings. Listen to your heart and tend to your soul. Being honest about what’s going on inside of you and taking steps to find freedom is vital. Invite Jesus into every area and hold nothing back.

Kris Vallotton

Independence, fear, and pride all keep us from the deep relationships that we need with God and His people. It is so important that we have people in our lives that we trust more than we trust ourselves. Do you have a relationship with someone you would trust with your life? If that person told you that you have a problem, and you were blind to it, would you believe that person even though it didn’t feel true? We need to build these kinds of relationships to keep us safe so we can live on the radical edge.

Hayley Braun

I’m disturbed by some great men and women of God who we hear have fallen. It’s because we’ve put ministers on a pedestal that were meant for a King. We’ve put men in a place where a man can’t be a man; they have to be immortal or omniscient, omnipotent. They can’t have problems. If they do have a problem, they can’t tell anyone their problem because religion says if you have a problem, you can’t be part of us. Because if you’re dirty, you’ll make me dirty. But Jesus touched dirty people and made them clean.

Pete Scazzero

When we deny our pain, losses, and feelings year after year, we become less and less human. We transform slowly into empty shells with smiley faces painted on them. Sad to say, that is the fruit of much of our discipleship in our churches. But when I began to allow myself to feel a wider range of emotions, including sadness, depression, fear, and anger, a revolution in my spirituality was unleashed. I soon realized that a failure to appreciate the biblical place of feelings within our larger Christian lives has done extensive damage, keeping free people in Christ in slavery.

Darlene Cunningham

Integrity means that we behave in ways that are consistent with the beliefs, values and principles we claim to hold dear. The quality of the person you are is determined by how well you live up to the values that you say are most important to you. Live your life in such a way that when people think about integrity, they think of you – someone who doesn’t take shortcuts or sweep things under the carpet.

Katherine Walden


A highly personal blog this week but I feel it’s the perfect time to talk about masks, and I am not talking about the masks we all wore for the last 20 months. No, I’m talking about other types of masks. Ones that are not so easily removed. We mask ourselves, then try to convince ourselves that those masks are our true identity. It’s time to be unmasked and to remind ourselves of who we are in Christ.
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