Finding Freedom From Toxic People
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
9h ago
I had a wonderful conversation with Whitney from Woven Ministry about how Jesus taught and modeled walking away from the toxic people who tear us down and impair our ministries. Six verses after Matthew 6:33 (Seek first the Kingdom of God) we read Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:6 about not throwing our pearls before swine, and warning us what will happen if we do. He tells us to play defense right after telling us to go on the offense.  Whitney and I talk about the difference between a toxic person and a difficult person, and how to handle that difference even if we suspect it’s a family membe ..read more
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Show Me the Wonders of Your Great Love
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
9h ago
Two truths carry me as I get older: knowing that (only in Christ, of course) I’m good enough for God, and secondly, that God is good enough for me. Divine affirmation is an essential component for someone who wants to serve God. We will be mocked, challenged and ignored, but divine affirmation lifts us to a place of courageous service and sweet peace. The second part, that God is good enough for me, is essential to avoid the allure of sin, the idolatry of family, the need for recognition, and concerns about daily provision.  I hope to combine these two into a book someday, but perhaps you ..read more
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Walkaway Jesus
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
1w ago
After When to Walk Away came out, a person on social media who saw the title but never read the content simply said, “Jesus never walked away from anyone, and we shouldn’t either.” That’s an understandable default reaction, and since I was so blinded myself, for so long, to walking away as sometimes a necessary strategy, I could understand her visceral rejection. But this chapter should put that notion to rest. My publisher has allowed us to print both chapter one, HERE, and this chapter, chapter 2, in its entirety, to celebrate When to Walk Away, surpassing over 100,0 ..read more
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Getting at the Core Message Behind Sacred Marriage’s, “What if God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?”
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
1w ago
When I updated Sacred Marriage in 2015, Gateway Bible asked me a few questions that I appreciated receiving, as answering them helped readers get into the core message.   Here are the questions I answer: “What’s the real meaning behind that subtitle?”  “What unique challenges do you think today’s younger generation face in their marriages?”  “For Christians who are having a hard time getting along with their spouse, what is the best advice you can give that will help them find peace in their situation and see improvement?”  “What impact has this book had on t ..read more
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A Most Clever Attack
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
1w ago
People talk about being haunted by ghosts, but I’ve found it’s far more common for people to be haunted by toxic people who are very much alive. When a toxic person’s name comes up on their phone, they can literally feel their blood pressure rising. When they’re trying to be available to their family, they find their thoughts drifting back toward a chaotic encounter or bracing for another attack. When they wake up in the middle of the night, they have a difficult time going back to sleep. That haunting may be keeping you from your life-calling to seek first the Kingdom of God. When to Wal ..read more
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Plant Love to Find Love
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
2w ago
Amidst life’s busyness, it’s easy to get bogged down and feel a general malaise in marriage. One of the least fruitful things we can do when that happens is to wait for our spouse to make the first move. If you’re the first one to notice things aren’t as they should be, be the first to act. Notice, I didn’t say be the first to say something; I’m suggesting you be the first to do something. There’s a time to ask, but learning to run in Houston’s humidity gave me some fruitful thoughts about turning around a marriage that feels like it’s a slog.  Moving from the Pacific ..read more
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Why Parental Pain Is Often Worse for Christian Parents
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
3w ago
There are overwhelming blessings of being a Christian while raising your children. We have hope, joy, and gratitude, and trust in the God we worship. I couldn’t even imagine raising children outside of faith. But let’s be honest: Christian parents often have a higher level of pain and even fear because we are Christians and we care so much about our children’s faith. This doesn’t get talked about enough, so let’s discuss it here. On his way to the cross, Jesus foretold a time when sorrow would be greater for parents: “For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childle ..read more
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What Do Children Need From Their Parents?
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
1M ago
If we spend too much time providing things for our kids that they don’t truly need, we can lose sight of what they truly do. I came across an intriguing list in one of John White’s old books and thought this could start a healthy discussion: What do our children truly need? And, by extension, what don’t they need?  Most of us know our children don’t need a six-thousand-square-foot home with a pool and a backyard to flourish. They may not even need their own bedroom. But what do they need? Read this blog on Substack HERE. The post What Do Children Need From Their Parents? appeare ..read more
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How Humility Serves Creativity
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
1M ago
There’s a fascinating story behind the genesis of the crawls at the beginning of the Star Wars movies. It’s impossible for most of us to even imagine those movies without the crawls—they became almost as famous as the characters and the music—but the first version (the one the general public never saw) didn’t have one. Robert Downey Jr. recounted a conversation with Steven Spielberg[i] about why and how these crawls were created. As was his custom, George Lucas screened the early version of the film in the Bay area in front of a bunch of accomplished filmmakers. Brian DePalma stood up and ..read more
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Rescued or Entitled? How You View Yourself Makes all the Difference
Gary Thomas
by Gary Thomas
1M ago
There are many points in Scripture that challenge and confront the way we naturally view ourselves and God. The only way to thrive in Christ is to submit to God’s perspective; otherwise, we’ll be fighting him, and fighting God is futile. He’s always right, and He holds the reins. When I talk to people who are bitter toward God, there is almost always a sense of entitlement behind their bitterness, as if God hasn’t held up His end of the bargain. When we see what Scripture actually promises and how God has over-delivered on that, we can move to the intimacy-building and worship-producing perspe ..read more
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