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

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

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

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)

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)

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

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)

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…

What motivates you: arrogant pride or humble submission?

There are 2 character traits that are very important for service to the Lord: humility and submission. Humility about yourself towards others and towards God. Submission first to God and then to each other. Without these character traits, the Apostle Paul said you will be just like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. All noise. No benefit. If you consider these opposite character traits, it is obvious why pride and arrogance cannot serve the Lord. What motivates you?