Has Your Mind Been “Unfrozen” “Changed” and “Refrozen”?

Social Psychology Techniques In The ‘Church’

This has been a matter of concern for me for some time, and I recently came across this issue again, both in the work-place and in the churches.  Just in case you haven’t come across these tactics and are feeling somewhat perplexed as to the stresses you are under, I thought it would be good to share the following excellent article by a fellow blogger.  It is written by Evelyn at ExitChurchianity.com and I have copied it here in full for you.

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This article is by Evelyn from ExitChurchianity.com on 17/1/2015

Scripture teaches that the role of elders is to care for the flock of God, watch over them willingly, and lead them by a godly example (1 Peter 5:2-3).

Scripture also teaches that the role of elders is to encourage the flock of God with sound doctrine and refute those who contradict (Titus 1:9).

Unfortunately, the Biblical role of an elder has been replaced in many religious organizations by the unbiblical role of a change agent which is based on secular organizational management principles and social psychology techniques. Continue reading

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Sensory Overload in the Light of Christ

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Sensory System Overload

Argh!!  The lights are too bright!  Please, please will you turn the light off?  May I shut the blinds and curtains?  Argh!!  The light is still glinting menacingly, reflecting off the window ledges, through the cracks in the blind and off every slightly reflective surface.  With my whole being I want to move away from the lights and turn off yet more lights – oh, you’ve already switched them all off – I didn’t realise!  Help!  What is wrong with me?  It’s just too bright for me!  I need my sunglasses ALL the time!  And even they are not dark enough for me!

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Too bright & Too Loud!

This has been my life in recent weeks.  It’s fact not fiction.  I have been scouring the internet and discovering that I have got sensory sensitivities beyond the normal range.  They call it Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).  It seems that the way my brain processes sound and light and smells is just different to most people.  It seems that my brain isn’t shutting out the background extraneous sensors, but is letting it all in at full volume and brightness.  Eeek!

It has been quite a shock to how I perceive myself and my life.  It has meant a steep learning curve on how to protect myself from the ordinary sensory stimuli of light, sound and even smells.

If I do not change my ways to protect myself, I find that I become overloaded, tired, without energy and feeling low in my mood.  Sometimes I even break down in stress tearfulness without really understanding why.  It has been most perplexing, to say the least. Continue reading

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A tree is known by its fruits

Are you struggling to understand other people? Do colleagues and acquaintances and family members perplex you? Do you ever find yourself oscillating between thinking a certain person is “good” but then noticing something else about them that makes you think otherwise? Do you find yourself continually giving people the benefit of the doubt when you spot bad signs about them? Do you end up feeling like your personal and integrity boundaries have been trampled on once again?
If so then it may be helpful to read the following article that I have just found on Vicky’s blog. She often writes helpful and thought-provoking posts that have been helpful to me. I trust you will be blessed likewise.

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RISING ABOVE THE STORMS

Every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year, people reveal who they are through the fruits of their lives. The way people live their lives shows who they really are. Let no one ever deceive you that they are ‘good’ if their life testifies otherwise. To know who a person really is, you just have to listen to their words, watch their actions, observe their attitudes, be keen on how they treat other people, and take a close look at how they live their lives. If we took time to really discern the fruits of people’s lives, then we would avoid a lot of trouble that we normally find ourselves in. Do no be deceived by external appearances, anyone can put on a false appealing external appearance. Just because a person has good looks, or they dress well…

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Are You Going to Heaven?

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One day we will pass from this world to the next,

Shall we die with a cry of despond?

Or will there be praise in our heart to depart

Through the grave to heaven beyond?

 

As our flesh fades and fails, and time always prevails

Upon mortals here on this earth.

Do hearts cling to their wealth whilst death in its stealth

Reveals the full truth of our worth?

 

Will you pass onto glory, just like the old story,

Of God’s kingdom eternal and true?

Or will He glance with a look at His Holy Book,

And say, you’re not one of the few! Continue reading

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The Sin Bin

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The world does not have a rug so big

To cover up your sin.

Nor does it hold a brush so large

To sweep it in the bin.

 

On earth no landfill can contain

Such sin contamination.

To cover, hide or stuff it down

Proves quite a consternation.

 

Continue reading

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Easter, Passover or Neither? Does it Matter?

easter-2072387_1280Have you ever thought about why we buy chocolate eggs at Easter time?  Have you ever wondered why Easter moves around the calendar each year?  Have you ever pondered if Christians should celebrate Passover instead of Easter?  Have you ever even thought about why it is called “Easter”?  I know that I have had such thoughts.  So, I have started to do a little reading up about these things to try to get a bit of clarity on these matters for myself.

I just thought that I would repost this article as I have more followers than I had last year, and thought it may be of interest to someone.

Now before I delve into the history and practices of Easter, I want to say that the bible tells us that:-

“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.”  Romans 14:5-6

Essentially, we are to help to edify other believers, rather than put a stumbling block in each other’s paths.  We each need to read our bibles prayerfully to decide which days we observe to the Lord and which we do not.  But with an enquiring mind and a humble spirit I am confident that the Lord God will gently lead and teach each of us what pleases Him.  Continue reading

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More Value Than Many Sparrows

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This post is an excerpt taken from my story on the Book tab, called “Marriage Breakdown & Divorce”

When one’s spouse rejects you then there are some tremendously difficult issues to deal with pertaining to one’s value and role in life.  We can be reeling in confusion regarding our identity now that we are no longer half of a married couple.  It can take time to come to terms with this difficult matter.  I had been part of a couple for twenty-seven years.  It was not easy to think of myself in single terms of being just me – just Helen – as opposed to my identity as “Helen and husband”, that I had been all my adult life, up to that point.

cross-2598300__480I remember an incident that occured in those early days of great pain, after I had been for a swim at a local hotel pool (doctor’s orders).  As I stood, feeling all forlorn, at the reception desk waiting to get a refund on my locker key, I happened to notice a lady stood nearby holding a Bible. Continue reading

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Jesus is Lord of Mind, Body & Spirit

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To say that Jesus is my hero, really wouldn’t go far enough!  To say that he is my Lord and my God, and the One that I worship would be closer to the truth.  In this post, I just want to share with you my awe and wonder at a few of the miracles of Jesus Christ, that I have just read in Mark chapter five.  That’s right, in just this one chapter of the Bible He proves Himself to be master over demons, disease and death!  He restores a man, a woman and a child.  He is certainly Lord over their entire mind, body and spirit.  In just one chapter of the Bible all of humanity is dealt with by Jesus with compassion, mercy and restoration.  It is a faith-filled and faith-building chapter, to be sure.  He has truly made my heart sing this morning and I hope He will cause a similar reaction in you too. Continue reading

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Where does my help come from?

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Now in scripture Egypt can represent “the world.”   Remember that Moses led the Israelites “out of Egypt” towards the Promised Land.  When we are saved or born-again, we have likewise come out of bondage or slavery to sin and are heading for our new destination of the promised land, which is heaven.

Now it happened, that just a couple of months after my husband’s departure the thought came to me, whilst speaking with another woman who had been similarly abandoned, that wanting our non-Christian, unbelieving husband’s back was rather like the freed Israelites in the wilderness wanting to return to the slavery of Egypt in the days of Moses.  If so then I needed now to learn all that the Word of God had to teach me on the subject of how to handle this marital abandonment and subsequent divorce.  Where ought I to turn for my help now that I had no husband? Continue reading

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Home Education – Because God Loves Children

matthew18_4ljmGod loves babies and children!  Did you know that?  I guess most readers would say, “Yes, of course, I know that God loves children!”  Most of you know Psalm 139 that tells us that God knit us together in our mother’s womb.

Satan, on the other hand, hates children!  Have you ever adorable-21998__480considered that?  Some of you will, no doubt, be aware of such things.  You may remember the Bible stories of the huge slaughter of babies in the days when Moses was born and then again when Jesus was a baby.  There was on each of those occasions, the wrath of a wicked king that was being expressed in a malevolent, murderous manner towards the innocent, precious babes and small children, in their attempts to utterly destroy God’s plan of salvation.  Quite horrific humanly speaking!  But God preserved Moses and Jesus by His loving guidance to the parents of those children.  And God will in our time, likewise, lead His obedient parents in how to protect their innocent little children.  Continue reading

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