Holly Stratton

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Category archives: Hope

More Than Meets The Eye: When Love Surrenders To The Unknown

Most of us carry a sincere desire to love others well, a desire that often falls short because of a failure to offer careful consideration to the hidden spaces of a person's life. Dealing with the observable limitations of the present, our natural inclination is to neglect acknowledgement of both the power of their unseen past and the potential of their unforeseeable future. Read more

Flattery: A Dangerous Net Of Insincere Seduction

Though we sometimes confuse flattery with praise, the two are not the same. Praise is a sincere expression of appreciation, flattery is an insincere expression. Praise is a thoughtful comment selflessly offered for encouragement, flattery is a calculated comment selfishly offered for gain. Where praise speaks honest words that are true, flattery speaks dishonest words that are false or exaggerated. Read more

When Silence Shouts Shame

If we want to be a community of believers marked by genuine love, it's not going to happen without the appropriation of gospel grace that empowers us to resist our instinctual response to retreat from suffering. We need Jesus. We need His transforming grace to daily renew our minds and set us free from ourselves. Read more