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

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)

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

Review: The Divorce Dilemma by John MacArthur

The divorce dilemma (God's last word on lasting commitment) by John MacArthur

The Divorce Dilemma: God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment by John MacArthur is used in many Bible counseling training programs. The subtitle “God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment” is consistent with the message that God hates divorce and intends for marriage to be a permanent covenant. However, the book is marred by the false doctrine of extreme predestination, which permeates every page, with many outright attacks on contemporary evangelicalism. The book ignores God’s laws about multiple wives and God’s protections for Continue reading Review: The Divorce Dilemma by John MacArthur

Satanic Strongholds through False Concepts versus Walking by Faith

FALSE CONCEPT: unity and uniformity are very similar; therefore, uniformity equals spirituality

For two or three years I have been contemplating the question of why so many of God’s Children struggle to have peaceful fellowship among themselves.  What are the strongholds that keep the Lord’s family from functioning in loving harmony and accepting one another as Christ has accepted each of his children? Rom. 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. What is it that causes the hard-line adherence to the minor issues Continue reading Satanic Strongholds through False Concepts versus Walking by Faith

When Jesus prayed for you to be one; that the world will believe

When Jesus prayed for you

Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:20-21) Jesus Prayed for you, but most Christians have not answered that prayer. They have splintered into thousands of groups, sects, divisions, schisms, churches, and denominations. They have Continue reading When Jesus prayed for you to be one; that the world will believe

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)

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

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

God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)

Let’s consider this popular verse. Some will claim this is written to the Jews in exile and does not apply to us today. But, let’s look at this verse and consider the context and see what we can learn about God and his plans for us. Let’s consider these people. God had plans for them. Who were they? Where were they? What does this tell us about the character of God? Does God have plans for us? Are God’s plans good, Continue reading God’s plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)