On Being Lonely

Living in Nashville, also known as “Music City,” can create some unique opportunities. Every now and then, I get invited backstage at a concert venue. One evening, I was invited backstage at…

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Work Hard

One of my favorite lines from Marin Luther’s “I Have A Dream” speech always challenges me. He said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets…

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The Gospel is Becoming More Offensive

photo from prdaily.com Many want to make the gospel more attractive. It took a long time for me to unpack what people meant by this and I am still working it out.…

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How to Experience Breakthrough When Prayer is a Struggle

How to Experience Breakthrough When Praying is a Struggle By Erica Barthalow on Jul 20, 2021 05:09 pm Hi, my name is Erica, and for years I struggled with prayer. Just picture…

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I’ve Searched For Identity

I’ve searched for identityin my successesbut my failures get in the way.I’ve looked for identityin my possessionsbut they age, break, and malfunction.I’ve sought identityin peoplebut everyone is flawed somehow.I’ve searched for identity…

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Why Are Relationships So Hard?

Most things worth having are challenging at first. Think about any hobby that you love, such as sports, painting, woodworking, or playing a musical instrument. How did you learn to do it…

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Get More Jars

In John Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership,” he talks about the Law of the Lid. It states that your abilities determine your effectiveness. The lower or fewer your abilities are, the…

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What You’ll Find Inside Your Bible

Last week I wrote that many Christians try to handle the Bible as if it were God’s great encyclopedia—a topical index of human problems and divine solutions. But you won’t get very…

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What to Do When You Don’t Understand What God is Doing

By Erica Barthalow on May 14, 2021 10:21 am I stared at the email, beautifully and kindly worded but nevertheless soul-crushing. It was the period at the end of a season that…

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The Effects of Toxic Parents and 5 Steps to Healing

The effects of toxic parents take root in childhood. But, the problems aren’t always identified until well into adulthood. Toxic parents can create situations where a child is overly criticized, devoid of…

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