Luke 17:3 Ministries Inc
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
For Adult Daughters of Controlling or Abusive Birth-Families

Helpful Definitions

***We call your attention to the important differences between Apologize/Apology  and Repent, Judge and Rebuke, Forgive and Reconcile, and Honor and Obey, Submit, Worship,  & Idolatry.

APOLOGIZE:        to make an apology

APOLOGY:          a statement of regret for having done wrong or hurt someone's feelings

FORGIVE:            to cease to feel resentment against (an offender), pardon (one's enemies); to give up resentment of

HONOR:               to regard or treat with honor or respect; a showing of usually merited respect

IDOLATER:          a worshiper of idols; a person that admires intensely and often blindly one that is not usually a subject of worship

IDOLATRY:          immoderate attachment or devotion to something

JUDGE:                to form an opinion about through careful weighing of evidence and testing of premises; to hold an opinion; to form an estimate or evaluation of

OBEY:                   to follow the commands or guidance of

REBUKE:            v:  to criticize sharply, reprimand; to turn back or keep down, check  n:  an expression of strong disapproval

RECONCILE:      to restore to friendship or harmony

REPENT:             to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one's life; to feel regret or contrition; to change one's mind

REPROBATE:     rejected as worthless or not standing a test; condemned and foreordained to damnation; morally abandoned, depraved; condemned strongly as unworthy, unacceptable, or evil

RESTITUTION:    a restoration of something to its rightful owner; a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury

SUBMIT:               to yield to governance or authority

WORSHIP:           to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power

Source:  Webster's Ninth Collegiate Dictionary, Oxford American Dictionary

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The Lord specifically called Sister Renee to minister to Adult Children, not their parents, estranged siblings or friends, abusive or abused spouses, or victims of other types of abuse, although what we write here can often be meaningful for those folks as well. Because of this, our ministry and website have a narrow focus which we will not be changing. We simply can't cover everything. In addition, it is not our purpose to help you re-establish contact with someone who felt it was necessary to cut you off for the sake of their own well-being. We do not keep a list of resources for estranged parents or any other type of abuse and suggest if you are sincerely interested in making amends with an estranged relative, you do an internet search for a website or group that will be more relevant to you. If you cannot find a group or site that you can relate to, we suggest you start your own, and bless other people in your position as well as find support for your personal issues. 
For Adult Children and others as well, please understand that we cannot give you personal advice concerning your particular family relationships.  We are not therapists or lawyers, we usually do not have enough information to form an opinion, and time does not permit us to give enough thought to each person's individual situation to do it justice. If you need personal advice, we urge you to contact the appropriate professional, depending on the problem you have- your minister, therapist, attorney, police department, local domestic violence hotline, etc. In reading this site, you acknowledge that nothing you might read here qualifies as or substitutes for professional advice. Please note we cannot recommend or refer you to a counselor and we do not have a list of therapists or recovery groups in your area. The only Counselor we recommend is the Holy Ghost, and we encourage you to read the Bible and learn for yourself what the Lord says about the issues we write about.
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