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Have you been stonewalled? 🤷🏻‍♀️

I’ve been unpacking the toxins and anecdotes for each ever since Ross and I watched the videos processing the crisis our new church had recently experienced that nearly brought a church split. Rather than just do damage control, the Session (or elder board) brought in a reconciliation team from their denomination, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.…
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The blame game…

But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The…
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The gift of a complaint …

TOXIN #1 – Criticism Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6) A few years ago we started reading “A Complaint is a Gift” as a team at Redemption Press. The premise was the only way to know how to improve…
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Called to reconcile…

We are called to reconcile. Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle…
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The power of unmet expectations

The power of unmet expectations

UNMET EXPECTATIONS “Disappointment is unmet expectations and the more significant the expectations the more significant the disappointment.” Brene Brown We joined a new church a few months back and it’s been an eye-opening experience. When we started visiting we began to hear in the all-church meetings about a conflict. This situation illuminated the importance of…
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The unknown … bittersweet life journey

The unknown. The day after Christmas it began. An emotional roller coaster ride of ups and downs as we spent days in the hospital. The winds that howled outside our 5th floor window were no match for the storms that were raging within the walls of the sterile room. First the doctors say it’s cancer…
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Athena Dean Holtz
Welcome, I'm Athena!

I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.

Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!

The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.

Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!

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Welcome, I'm Athena!

I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.

Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!

The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.

Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!

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God is in the Transitions and a BIG Announcement about Redemption Press

If you have read our new book release Together for a Purpose you are aware of the transition we find ourselves in as roles and responsibilities are changing for my pastor hubby. At the same time, another full circle provides legacy and security for authors and team members at Redemption Press.   Over the past year Ross…
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Armor Up or Spiritual Streaker

Those of you who know me know I’m a believer in daily and out loud putting on our armor. If we aren’t armoring up, we are a bunch of spiritual streakers!   I usually get lots of laughs on that, but it’s really not very funny. If we are streaking then we are allowing the…
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Her answer stunned me!

Karen Mercer, the woman whom God used to develop the sidewalk counseling ministry in the Pro-Life movement, shared a profound truth with me when I interviewed her on the All Things Podcast. We talked about her new book, Only if God Says So: Finding the Courage to Protect Life in a Pro-Choice World. When I asked…
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Tears of Joy!

Redeemed & Restored: Tears of Joy! There’s something about reading your story out loud. I wasn’t prepared for the impact it would have on me. So many times I had to stop and gather myself, take a deep breath, allow the tears of joy to flow and then restart again. I believe the process of…
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