Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Five Steps to Prevent Spiritual Cannibalism

Five Steps to Prevent Spiritual Cannibalism

Five Steps to Prevent Spiritual Cannibalism   I enjoy watching nature documentaries. Videos of tender, newborn fawns wobbling on shaky legs for the first time. Penguins holding their young close to keep them warm. Kangaroos protecting their joeys in the safety of...

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Commanded to Love Differently

Commanded to Love Differently

Commanded to Love Differently   Shouldn’t loving others be something we do because we want to? After all, if we have to be told to do it, is it really love? But Jesus did not tell His followers to love when they felt like it. He said, “A new command I give you:...

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Care & Compassion in a Dog-Eat-Dog World

Care & Compassion in a Dog-Eat-Dog World

Care & Compassion in a Dog-Eat-Dog World   “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” Great advice. But in our culture of sound bites and 280-character tweets, caring has often deteriorated to posting platitudes and memes on social...

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Hot Buttons

Hot Buttons

Hot Buttons   We all have them. Hot buttons. Sore spots, tender to even a verbal touch. When poked, these sore spots provoke us to instinctive reactions. They spring from feeling challenged or irritated. Hot buttons leave us vulnerable to being provoked. And if...

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The Order of Submission

The Order of Submission

The Order of Submission   If ever a word could be identified as an emotional trigger, it’s submission. And if submission is mentioned in the context of marriage, then dive for cover because the trigger just became a grenade! Do the following words sound familiar?...

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Feelings, Rights, Preferences, and Honor

Feelings, Rights, Preferences, and Honor

Feelings, Rights, Preferences, and Honor   “Honor” is not a concept often mentioned in our culture these days. I worked in the corporate world for twenty years. As I climbed the corporate ladder, I moved from an entry-level role to senior executive positions for...

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Tearing Down Walls in Difficult Relationships

Tearing Down Walls in Difficult Relationships

Tearing Down Walls in Difficult Relationships   Have you seen this meme on social media? “Life is too short to put up with people who make us unhappy.” Some people live by that mantra. Are they right? Should we simply withdraw from people who create unnecessary...

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The Power of the Tongue

The Power of the Tongue

Power of the Tongue   “O, Lord: Help my words be gracious and tender today, For tomorrow I may have to eat them!”   “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never harm me.” I can still hear that childish chant echo down through the years. Trouble...

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