Tag Archives: Manipulation

Counting the Cost of Family

[King Asa] even deposed his grandmother Maakah from her position as queen mother, because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 1 Kings 15:13 (NIV) I thought about … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Dance

King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the Lord had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held … Continue reading

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Playing Fast & Loose with the “God Told Me” Card

“Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit.” 1 John 4:1a (NLT) When I was young, I confess to playing fast and loose with the “God told me…” card. It wasn’t a conscious deception but … Continue reading

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The Erosion of Relationship

“Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of timbrels and harps?” Genesis 31:27 (NLT) The pattern of deception and manipulation we’ve seen … Continue reading

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Chapter-a-Day Judges 16

She said, "How can you say 'I love you' when you won't even trust me? Three times now you've toyed with me, like a cat with a mouse, refusing to tell me the secret of your great strength." She kept at … Continue reading

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