Don’t Be a Mad Monkey on a Light Pole

by Ron Gallagher

Katy here. This post on overcoming anger is our 11th post in the Breaking the Chains series. Ron Gallagher uses humor and Scripture to show the affects of anger and its causes. This is the first time he has guest written for me, and I believe you will be inspired to give anger a second thought.

Among the many things that this contentious political season has revealed is the uniquely bi-partisan nature of anger. Voters are angry, politicians are angry, party leaders are angry, and even pundits and news commentators are angry. A news story earlier this week about rescuing an escaped Chimpanzee fit in perfectly. It followed a report about a political rally featuring clips of angry people inside an arena making speeches, while a crowd of angry protesters outside were holding signs, chanting, and shouting their disapproval of everything supported by the people inside. Next up, the chimp—screaming from the top of a power pole, showing his teeth, waving his arms, and shaking his head. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Now, is he a Republican outsider, or a liberal Democrat?”

 

 

anger, Pain, healing, Ron Gallagher, Breaking the Chains, Don’t Be a Mad Monkey on a Light Pole

Breaking the Chains: Escape the Prison of Worry

by Ginger Harrington

Am I going crazy?

For the first time in my life, sanity and peace seemed like a question instead of a given.

Years ago, I battled a hyperthyroid disorder. Plunging into the chaos of a thyroid-induced storm, adrenaline flooded my system and I lived on the edge of panic.

It was an agony of slow months before my hands stopped shaking. And longer before I slept more than an hour or two at night.

Anxiety marched in with a take-all vengeance, and worry held me captive in my own home—

  • Afraid to go out.
  • Afraid to stay in.
  • Afraid of being afraid.
  • Afraid of nothing specific.
  • Afraid of everything.

 

worry, anxiety, Ginger Harrington, Breaking the Chains: Escape the Prison of Worry, Ginger’s Corner: Where the Spiritual Meets the Practical

“Breaking the Chains” Series: The Halfway Point

Does your soul need freedom? Even when we are believers in Christ, our souls can become enslaved to different types of bondage—bondage to fear, guilt, worry, or depression.

Six friends and I are tackling the subject of spiritual bondage in this series called Breaking the Chains. We’re at the halfway point now ...

 

 

 

Breaking the Chains, spiritual freedom, freedom in Christ, bondage, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Breaking the Chains: Pride’s Dirty Little Trick

by Josie Siler

Pride has a dirty little trick up its sleeve.

Sneaky. That’s what it is; it’s a sneaky little beast that is hard to kill, especially when we’re unaware of its existence!

Pride can start out good. We can be proud of ourselves for overcoming a fear. We can take pride in a job well done. We can even be proud of resisting sin. These are all good things. So where does the danger lie? ...

 

 

 

 

 

Pride, spiritual bondage, Breaking the Chains: Pride’s Dirty Little Trick, Josie Siler, Broken but Priceless Ministries

Breaking the Chains: Disarming Enslaving Thoughts

The mind is a constant battlefield. Satan knows that if he can influence us with negative thoughts, he can influence how we live. He can steal our peace, rob us of our impact for God’s kingdom, and send us into a tail spin of mental bondage and emotional turmoil.

Enslaving thoughts used to frighten me. As a teenager, I wanted to honor God in my mind, so when I heard bad words on TV or in movies, I was paranoid about remembering them later. Later in life, I allowed a certain way of thinking to dominate my thoughts, and I experienced a barrage of attacks from the enemy. I felt like there was no way out. I couldn’t escape my own mind, and although I knew God was powerful enough to free me, I couldn’t figure out what I needed to do.

But God was faithful. 

 

 

negative thoughts, the mind, peace, soundness, Breaking the Chains: Disarming Enslaving Thoughts, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Breaking the Chains: Easing the Gnaw of Loneliness

The hunger finds us at opportune times—when we’re alone at night, when we hear that friends are hanging out, when a relationship has ended. A craving to be with people starts to nibble at our hearts, and sometimes it can be satisfied with a phone call, a visit to Facebook, or a prayer. But if we can’t satisfy the hunger for fellowship soon, the gnaw of loneliness can eat away at our peace and joy. Have you felt it?

No one is immune. Single people, married people, the young, the more seasoned. It finds us. Satan likes to use loneliness as a choice weapon to steal our joy, peace, and hope.

 

 

loneliness, friendship, companionship, Breaking the Chains: Easing the Gnaw of Loneliness, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Breaking the Chains: Hoping For a Happy Ending

by Tessa Emily Hall

 

Writing a book is therapeutic for me. I find enjoyment through weaving together the tough aspects of life into a story that brings meaning to these hardships. A story that wraps up in a satisfying, happy ending.

Because this is what we yearn for in life, isn’t it? We long for hope in the midst of tragic circumstances. We yearn for meaning in the midst of pain. A reminder that, despite how our “story” might look right now, it will turn out all right in the end.

In my YA novel, Purple Moon, Selena grew up in a Christian home. She grew up believing in Jesus and that He had the perfect “fairy tale life” planned for her. But as she grew older, this hope began to diminish.

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Breaking Free from Unforgiveness

by Leigh Powers

Loving your enemies sounds easy until you have one. Early in our ministry my husband and I had to deal with an individual who slandered us and sought to do us harm. Walking through the process of forgiveness was tough, but it was also necessary. The cost of not forgiving is our emotional and spiritual health. Unforgiveness leads to spiritual bondage.

 

 

unforgiveness, past hurts, healing, Leigh Powers, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Breaking the Chains: Silencing Guilt

She walked into the house, desperate to find Jesus. Her life had been filled with sin, guilt, and shame. The haunting melody of guilt had followed her, had crept into her soul. But she heard Jesus sing a different song, one of mercy and forgiveness. His words taught that it was possible to turn from sin and receive God’s forgiveness. His actions showed that He cared for everyone, even a sinner like her. She understood the gospel and craved its mercy. She accepted the truth and turned from her lifestyle of sin and heartache. So she had to find Him.

This woman wanted to thank Jesus and show just how much she loved Him and the restoration He gave. When she found Jesus in the house, she didn’t even approach His face, but knelt at His feet and wept. Her anguished soul found hope in the Savior. She dried His feet with her hair and anointed them with oil, costly oil bought with the money she had gained from her sinful, miserable lifestyle. This was her gift of love to Him, but not everyone understood it. 

 

 

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Breaking the Chains: Loosening the Grip of Fear

It stood tall and red in my dream. I backed away from the red monster and tried to get away, but the white room offered no way of escape—no doors, no windows. As my fear of the monster grew, he grew taller and scarier.

Then it hit me. “This is my dream. I don’t have to be scared of you!”

The moment I said that, he started shrinking till he was just a red puddle on the floor. I stood above him, amazed that I had been afraid of something so puny. My fear of him gave him power over me, but in reality—or in my dream—he was nothing more than a red blob.

The more power we give to fear, the taller and scarier it grows in our lives. The more we say yes to it, the tighter its grip on us becomes. But God didn’t intend for fear to be our reality—not the kind of fear that paralyzes us and keeps us from living life to the fullest with Him. 

 

 

fear, overcoming fear, spiritual bondage, 2 Timothy 1:7, Breaking the Chains: Loosening the Grip of Fear, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

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