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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Stop doing these things (they will destroy the joy of your salvation)

Stop doing these things, they will destroy the joy of your salvation

Stop doing these things, they will destroy the joy of your salvation. You may think grace gives you liberty to do these things, but they will not help you grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you keep doing these things long enough, you won’t grow in your faith, then you will become stagnant, and then stale, and eventually, you will stink. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Cor 3:17) But Continue reading Stop doing these things (they will destroy the joy of your salvation)

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101 verses of strength and courage

101 Verses of Strength and Courage

Strength and courage are vital during a struggle or a trial. Here are verses that have strengthened and encouraged Christians for thousands of years. If you are going through a struggle or a trial right now, meditate on these verses for your personal strength. If you need a powerful dose of strength and encouragement, but only have time for one chapter, you can’t do better than Romans 8 or Philippians 4. Read through this list carefully and prayerfully. Determine if each Continue reading 101 verses of strength and courage

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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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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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10 important considerations for daily devotions

Of all the things you should do each day: eat, sleep, work, exercise, and play, the one thing that Christians should do is spend time in the written word of God. Almost every Christian will agree this is important, and many have found strength and comfort in this practice. While some already have taken it to detrimental extremes, most people need to be encouraged, so here are some considerations for daily devotions.

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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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101 verses on how to know what is the will of God

Here are 101 verses on God’s will for you. From God working in Old Testament saints to God’s will for you today. Please carefully read these and put them into practice in your life. It will be worth it now and forever. Because, “this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (1 John 2:17)

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Help for suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression

It’s kind of sad, that here in the United States, with an incredible economy, an incredible medical system, more food than you could possibly consume, more entertainment than anyone could ever enjoy, with housing so incredible that even the “homeless” live better than much of the world, and access to more psychological help than ever, that anyone could suffer from stress, anxiety and depression. Yet, this study finds more Americans than ever are suffering…

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Do not frustrate the grace of God

What does it mean to frustrate the grace of God? My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 NLT) I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness is attainable by the law, then Christ hath died in vain. (Galatians 2:21 WBT)

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