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Author: Mary Kassian

True Woman 08 – SOLD OUT

WHAT NOW? The conference is full to capacity, so registration for the October True Woman ’08 pre-conference and conference has been closed. The conference has sold out much earlier than expected. More than 6,000 women are registered and the facility cannot accomodate more. God is definitely at work! Although we can’t squeeze any more women into the convention center, we don’t want you to miss out. A MOVEMENT The True Woman ’08 conference is just the beginning! What we’re after is a widespread movement of revival in the hearts of Christian women around the world. Here’s the good news for those who can’t attend the conference: “LIVE” VIDEO FEED AVAILABLE If you can’t be in Chicago for the conference, no problem. We will bring the event to you via a “LIVE” video and audio feed.* Put the date on your calendar now, and invite your friends to enjoy the experience with you! Click here to find out how you can still be a part of this incredible...

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Curing Your Ill Will

It’s game time. The coach is starting his favorite players. For what seems like the hundredth time this season, your child is warming the bench.  You sit in the stands with the other parents and dutifully clap and cheer – but inside, you harbor the malicious hope that your child’s teammates will play poorly, that the team will lose, and that the coach will be humiliated. Let’s face it. Malice – the desire to see another person hurt, distressed, or brought-down – is a vicious attitude we’re all familiar with.  It’s known by many names:  spite, cattiness, pettiness, rancor,...

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Forget Me Not

Tiny blue flowers, called “forget-me-nots” grow profusely in the heights of the Rocky Mountains in the summer. They can be found tucked into every nook and cranny – sometimes growing out of cracks in the face of the rock. This is a poem I wrote one summer as I reflected on the name of these vivid blooms. They , together with the rest of creation incessantly remind us not to forget… Each hill scaled, each step climbed Incessant emblems that remind Tucked in every nook and crack Tiny yellow eyes peer back Painted lids of baby blue Moist with tears of morning dew A repeated message on this rock Reminders to “Forget-me-not” Extending up from earth to sky Where blue encircles a golden eye From heav’n above the loyal sought Those who will Forget-Me-Not © 2003 Mary A. Kassian. All Rights Reserved AUTHOR NOTE: Mary Kassian is author of several Lifeway Bible Studies. She and her husband Brent have mastered the art of cheering after spending countless hours watching their sons play ice hockey and volleyball. The Kassian clan and their pets, Miss Kitty and black lab, General Beau, live in Western Canada. (Copyright Mary Kassian, 2007,

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Green with Envy

Your sister has just moved into a beautiful new home and instead of being happy for her, you’ve got a little green-eyed monster putting the squeeze on your heart. Outwardly you’re all smiles and congratulations, but inwardly you resent the fact that she’s getting ahead while you’re spinning your wheels – stuck in a rut. Envy is the age-old monster that motivated Cain to murder his brother Abel, and the wicked Queen to poison her step-daughter, Snow White. According to the Bible, it’s an evil that leads to quarrels, fights, disorder, and “every vile practice” (See James 3:14-4:2) A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.  Proverbs 14:30 (ESV) Why is Envy Green? Why do we turn “green” with envy? In antiquity, the Hebrew word for envy, qinah, referred to the burning color in the face produced by a deep emotion. The Greeks believed that jealousy was accompanied by an overproduction of bile, lending a yellowish-green pallor to the victim’s complexion. In the seventh century B.C., the poetess Sappho used the word “green” to describe the face of a stricken lover. After that, the word was used freely by other poets to denote jealousy or envy. The most famous such reference and the origin of the term “green-eyed monster” is Iago’s speech in Shakespeare’s Othello: “O! Beware my lord, of jealousy; it is...

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Him Tarzan, You Jane

21 Beauty Questions: Are you a Bible Beauty… or a Girl Gone Wild? For all you “Girls Gone Wild” workshop participants at the Refresh Leadership Training at the Beth Moore conference in Vancouver last week, here’s a copy of my “21 Beauty Questions” in pdf format. Just click on the link to...

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