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Shades of Gray

Tony Alicea is a writer who is passionate about the topics of identity and destiny. He blogs at Expect The Exceptional and he is the Communications Director for The Harbour Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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When You Have To Compromise Commitment

When You Have To Compromise Commitment

Few things frustrate me more than people who can’t keep a commitment. I can’t even count the number of last-minute texts I’ve received with a message saying, “I can’t make it.” Commitment and follow-through is severely lacking in our generation. So when I found myself having to back out of a pretty big commitment I... read more

February 28, 2013 Tony J. Alicea Shades of Gray 7

I Will Try To Fix You

I Will Try To Fix You

In just one year of marriage, my perspective on ministry has changed dramatically. What I thought I knew about ministry just wasn’t working in my marriage. I was at a loss until one small shift changed everything for me. My problem was, I looked at the Bible like a book rather than a person. Applying... read more

February 7, 2013 Tony J. Alicea Featured Content, Shades of Gray 36

When You’re Worse Than An Unbeliever

When You’re Worse Than An Unbeliever

If you take 1 Timothy 5:8 literally, you could say that, in my first year of marriage, I was worse than an unbeliever. If provision means bringing home a bigger paycheck than your wife, you could say I denied the faith. Two months after saying “I do,” I took a part-time position as the Communications... read more

January 24, 2013 Tony J. Alicea Featured Content, Shades of Gray 37

Trusting Yourself With Vulnerability

Trusting Yourself With Vulnerability

Loneliness has a tendency to make us vulnerable. So in the months after my divorce, when it’s finality set in and I felt the cool breeze sweep across the empty side of the bed, the longing for an intimate connection was an unrelenting ache. I met her through a mutual friend. She being divorced as... read more

January 10, 2013 Tony J. Alicea Featured Content, Shades of Gray 14

When Books Get Banned

When Books Get Banned

I remember when I first heard the book was banned in my local Christian bookstore. I was confused because it was the first book that spoke to me in a long time. Not to mention, it was a work of fiction. When “The Shack” was first published in 2007 by William Young, the response was... read more

November 22, 2012 Tony J. Alicea Featured Content, Shades of Gray 24