Becoming a trusted counselor

To be a trusted counselor, you have to do more than come alongside a counselee and spout vague generalizations and empty platitudes. You must meet them where they are — like the LORD God walking with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day — like Jesus manifest in the flesh to break the power of sin and death — because they cannot come to where you are. First, you must understand their pain, their fear, and their darkness. Continue reading Becoming a trusted counselor

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Imagine a place where fellowship grows

Imagine a place where fellowship grows by the grace of God

I was sitting out on the porch with my wife not long ago watching the rain and enjoying the natural beauty of nature, much of which she had added by her gardening knowledge and special touch. Many times, we’ve enjoyed our mornings together this way, drinking coffee and sharing thoughts. Twelve years ago hundreds of our trees were majorly damaged by a downdraft tornado, completely destroying the beauty that God and my wife had given to our little backyard getaway. But over time, with Continue reading Imagine a place where fellowship grows

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The perils of Paul (sufferings not comparable to glory)

I believe in the sufficiency of the scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) to fulfil the promise of Jesus Christ to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (Matthew 5:6). Sometimes I feel like the luckiest man in the world since I am just a curator of the amazing wisdom that has already been set before you in the word of God (Hebrews 4:12). Today we are visiting the chronological record of the Continue reading The perils of Paul (sufferings not comparable to glory)

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Love Grows Where Love Flows (the secret to a loving romantic marriage)

Food Grows Where Water Flows The phrase, “Love Grows Where Love Flows” is borrowed and adapted from a powerful political message, “Food Grows Where Water Flows”, used by the farmers of California to explain the importance of water management to balance the crops of fruit, vegetables, and nuts they grow to feed 100s of millions of Americans versus the life-giving water needed for people, crops, landscape, recreation, and ecology. There are long lasting repercussions from simple decisions. Love Grows Where Continue reading Love Grows Where Love Flows (the secret to a loving romantic marriage)

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10 Ways Prayers are Hindered (#5 is Shocking)

1) Prayers are hindered by lack of love All the virtue that is saving, and that distinguishes true Christians from others, is summed up in Christian love. When that love is missing or corrupted, then our prayers are hindered. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” (Luke 6:38) Continue reading 10 Ways Prayers are Hindered (#5 is Shocking)

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101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving

Here are 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving. This is a critically important subject. Forgiven people should be forgiving people. When you really understand God’s love, you will be able to forgive others because of his forgiveness. If you can’t forgive others, your prayers will be hindered. Please read and meditate on these verses… Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city—will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes? (Genesis 18:24) And the Lord Continue reading 101 verses on forgiveness and forgiving

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Book: Ready to Restore by Jay E. Adams

“Ready to Restore” by Jay E. Adams— elaborates the command in Galatians 6:1 that we all must restore any brother or sister who has been caught in sin. We are to “restore” one another to useful purpose in the Church today so that the brother or sister can “restore” us tomorrow. Therefore, we are to restore through the whole of our attitude and activity without punishment or gloating over failures. To this end careful self-examination is required about motives, relationship with Continue reading Book: Ready to Restore by Jay E. Adams

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Gnosticism and the altar of special knowledge in the church today

What is gnosticism? Gnosticism is literally, “the cult based on special, personal knowledge.” The apostle Paul specifically warned against this kind of division, which has spawned several very large Christian-like religions, dozens of very closed denominations, and hundreds or thousands of small sects. Each of these groups claims some “special personal knowledge,” which they have and you do not, which makes them more acceptable to God than you, and which keeps them separate from you. In the last month, I talked to Continue reading Gnosticism and the altar of special knowledge in the church today

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Do not speak evil against one another

Don’t speak evil against one another Never before in the history of the world have Christians needed these exhortations as much as they need them right now. Never before has it been so easy to speak evil against each other on Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp. Never before has it been so easy to speak evil against each other by phone, SMS, or IM. Never before has the world been so polarized and politicized and religiouscized to speak evil against each other. As Continue reading Do not speak evil against one another

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Faith, Hope, and Love — the Greatest of these is Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) Christian Agape Love –Adapted from Introduction by Tyrone Edwards to Charity and its fruits by Jonathan Edwards Love is the best way of all Keep on desiring the better gifts. And now I will show you the best way of all. (1 Corinthians 12:31) Love is the sum of all virtue All the virtue that is saving, and that distinguishes true Christians from others, is Continue reading Faith, Hope, and Love — the Greatest of these is Love

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