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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Do not turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the left

The wisdom of the straight path

Solomon instructed his son not to turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the left He was the wisest man who ever lived, so he knew about life. He had explored it from the center and both sides (Ecclesiastes 1:2-2:26). He recognized that the right and the left were futility and vexation of spirit. At the end, he pled with anyone who would listen not to turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the Continue reading Do not turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the left

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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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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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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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The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Based on the best selling book The Case For Christ, this movie reveals the story behind the search for truth. A powerful journey within a beautiful love story. This should resonate with everyone who has ever wondered about Christianity. It is a great opportunity to “Frangelize” — evangelize to friends and family. The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel — Is there credible evidence that Jesus of Nazareth really is the Son of God? Retracing his own spiritual journey from atheism to Continue reading The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

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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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7 ways to restore the joy of your salvation

7 ways to restore the joy of your salvation

It happens to all of us. We have all walked through the slough of despond, a fictional, deep bog in John Bunyan’s allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress, into which the protagonist Christian sinks under the weight of his sins and his sense of guilt for them. When that happens, we need to follow David’s example, and cry out to God to “Restore unto me the joy of your salvation.” (Psalm 51:12)

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