Change All of Your Relationships for the Better

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I heard a pastor today talk about the best way to develop an effective ministry.  He said it is all about asking the right question.   He decided to start a ministry to college students.  He did not want to have a place for them to just come and hang out for Bible study; he wanted them to have a vision … Read More

Do You Make this Critical Mistake?

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I remember one of the first things we learned in biblical counseling training were the rules for communication from Ephesians 4:25-32. One of the rules, from Ephesians 4:29 “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to … Read More

The Perfect Antidote to the Stress That Impairs You

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Our American culture is one that often encourages us to escape. When we feel tired and overworked can we say to ourselves, “I need a vacation?” Is there an underlying meaning in there that says, “I need to escape from the rigors of everyday life?” Is there a sense in which we are saying that it is permissible to escape … Read More

Five Ways to Improve Your Learning

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I often wonder, and am troubled, the amount of information that comes at us in a day. We have to sort through it all.  We have to determine what is useful to us for our spiritual health and wellbeing.  In our culture today, I hear people saying I really liked this class or that Bible study, but then I wonder why I … Read More

Four Transformed Actions to Fight the Stinking Thinking

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 It is interesting to note what happens the first time a person experiments by using alcohol, prescription medications, or recreational drugs to excess, they say to themselves, “Wow, this is the best thing ever; I have never felt so good! I should have tried this sooner.” Their eyes are open to the sin and there is no going back. A … Read More

The Secret to Having More Joy, Contentment, and Happiness

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We so wish that when we became Christians that all of our old sinful habits, thinking, and acting would have been completely eradicated. We do know that we have been given the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and empower us to overcome sin and be changed in our thoughts, words, and actions. 2 Evidences of Change The truth is … Read More

Three ways to be Transformed NOT Just Recovered

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In our culture today nearly every common behavioral problem is seen as a disorder or disease. It could include things like overeating, excessive spending, alcohol, drugs, or shopping. The heart of the problem can feel like a disease that has attacked you. This can happen to me on my way home from a long day. I am driving along and … Read More