“Whenever we name the powers, we pull back the curtain to see what’s really going on. In this way, naming it is apocalyptic. It’s a revelatory act. It’s also liberating.”- Rich Villodas “Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, […] The post Pull back the curtain, name the powers appeared first on Crown of Compassion .

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“One of [the powers’] characteristics in their rebellious state is to separate us from love — love of God and love for each other through deception, division, and depersonalization. Why? Because love must be grounded in reality, nurtured in unity, and protected through the compassionate valuing of a person’s worth and dignity.”- Rich Villodas Rich […] The post Grounded in reality, nurtured in unity appeared first on Crown of Compassion .

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“The Evil One’s great scheme is to convince us that the root problem is not with the Evil One but exclusively with ourselves, our circumstances, or our neighbors.”- Rich Villodas “For in [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all […] The post The great scheme of the Evil One appeared first on Crown of Compassion .

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“In the biblical story, there are forces outside ourselves somehow wreaking havoc in our lives, seducing us away from the God of love. These forces are known as — to use biblical terms, powers and principalities. They refer to the belief held by writers of the Bible . . . that . . . there […] The post Powers and principalities appeared first on Crown of Compassion .

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“To confess our sins — especially together in community — is an act of solidarity. It’s a practice reminding us that we are all on equal footing, all in need of grace; that we have all sinned and have been sinned against; that we are in the same broken family.”- Rich Villodas “Now the whole […] The post An act of solidarity — confession appeared first on Crown of Compassion .

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“Interior examination is a commitment we all must give ourselves to, through God’s grace. But note that his grace turns us inward for the sake of self-awareness, confession, and ultimately love. This process, in the paradoxical beauty of God’s way, ends with us growing in our outward love.”- Rich Villodas…

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“A robust theology of sin helps us live beyond self-deception. A limited theology of sin often results in a false sense of spiritual maturity. . . . It is a small step from a narrow understanding of sin straight into the depths of it. . . . Sin is not just about ‘not doing that.’ […] The post A robust theology of sin appeared first on Crown of Compassion .

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“Abandoning the language of sin will not make it go away. Human beings will continue to experience alienation, deformation, damnation, and death no matter what we call them. Abandoning the language will simply leave us speechless before them, and increase our denial of their presence in our lives.”- Episcopal priest…

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“Love is the very foundation of truth. Without love, truth crashes, a clanging cymbal. . . . Love is the language of truth, and grace is the dialect of God, and truth is only understandable if spoken with understanding love.”- Ann Voskamp “A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved […] The post The dialect of God = grace appeared first on Crown of Compassion .

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Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul . . . John Eldredge titles his latest book Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul in These Turbulent Times (Thomas Nelson, 2022). John serves as president of Wild at Heart, a ministry based in Colorado Springs, CO. In many ways the author sees this book as…

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