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Walking with the Wounded — sermon by Ps Sam Powell

Does the book of Galatians tell us that we are to “restore” an abuser in a spirit of gentleness. This is often the excuse church leaders use when they take the abuser under their wing and attempt to “restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness…” In this sermon Ps Sam Powell examines two …

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Shame: The Devil’s Weapon — by Ps Sam Powell

Victims are all too aware of the shame that abusers pile on them. Often after years of being told by their abuser that they’re stupid or ugly or worthless or some other shameful false message, those messages can become trapped inside the victim’s head and, like a broken record, repeat themselves over and over and …

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Prayerfully Hand Shame Back to the Abuser

One of the most empowering things an abuser survivor can do is to prayerfully hand shame back to his or her abuser.  Theologians rarely discuss this concept, but it’s a frequent biblical theme.  Biblical writers often asked God to shame their abusive enemies. [*see below for scripture references].  Most likely, this meant asking God to …

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The Devilish Nature of the Abuser – He is the Accuser

Revelation 12:9-10 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and …

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Temptations and pitfalls of helping victims (victim-advocacy)

Christians, pastors, leaders, and bloggers sometimes talk about the evils of domestic abuse but use illustrations of abuse that are really extreme. For example: “What if a husband was kicking his wife’s teeth down her throat?” That kind of extreme illustration of domestic abuse may briefly arouse the concern of the average bystander who is inexperienced in domestic abuse, but …

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By ignoring domestic abuse, Christians can stigmatize victims— an example from Dallas Theological Seminary

Raising Children in a Sex-Saturated Society, Part 1 is a video made by Dallas Theological Seminary. It is from their weekly Table Podcast program which “treats key topics related to God, religion, Christianity, and Culture.” It is a public education program that DTS produces for any Christians, not just for DTS seminary students. As a …

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