Discernment

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Interest is growing among Christians who want to deepen their experience of God and to discern their life choices in a prayerful way.  We need a method for discerning major life decisions and noticing God’s presence. In counseling we are often asked to assist people facing major life changes.  They want to make a decision congruent with God’s call on … Read More

Lost in Exhaustion

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One of the most common reasons for being exhausted is always being plugged in, available, and scheduled.  We are striving too hard, competing too much, and putting more on our plates than God has ordained for us.  In order for us to rest, have balance, and recover we must recognize the sources of the exhaustion. Reasons why we are so … Read More

What Do You Reflect?

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Going for a walk at the twilight part of the day is one of my favorite things to do. The light can take on a golden glow that is glorious to walk in. I can enjoy the walk and lose track of where I am and not realize how quickly it is getting dark and that I am going to … Read More

Inadequacy to Serenity

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In our culture does everything seem to depend upon our competing and performing?  If the value and significance of our lives is not bestowed on us prior to and independent of our performance than everything will depend on our performance.  We forget we are not the sole creators of our destiny.  As Christians we do not become who we are … Read More

Who is Your Reference Point?

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Has our culture become a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing?  Do we tend to mirror the nature of our culture instead of knowing who we really are as believers in Jesus Christ? There is much good in our culture, but there is equally a lot that is detrimental to following the Gospel.  We can observe that American society … Read More

Are You Generative or Geriatric?

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As we listen to people in our American culture who are approaching their senior years there are two often repeated lines of thinking.  The first says, “I have worked hard all my life I just deserve to relax and do enjoyable things.”  The second is the belief that they don’t have anything of value to contribute because they are no … Read More

Are You Only Halfway?

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There are plenty of us who are half-way Christians.  We will give up possessions, power, position, and friends and still not be able to submit ourselves in total obedience to God.  It is difficult for us to submit ourselves in complete unreserved obedience to the Lord. Luke 11:34 says, “Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eye … Read More

Jesus Heartburn

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Spiritual transformation takes the form of companionship with Jesus.  Spiritual people are not just those who engage in spiritual practices but those who draw their life from a conversational relationship with God. We see this in action after His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples on various occasions until He ascended to heaven forty days later.  His main task during … Read More

Are You a Sheepdog or a Shepherd?

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In our training for counseling and Christian leadership the emphasis can be on getting others to do what we want them to do.  To be focused on managing people in manipulative ways is not the same thing as leading them.  This can be likened to being like a sheepdog.  The job of a sheepdog is to forcibly scare by barking … Read More

Blinded by the Light

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In the Christian life the benefits of living an obedient life are many.  There are two benefits that are so linked together that it is difficult to treat them separately.  The epitome of these character qualities is a passion for personal holiness and a sense of humility.  Over time the Holy Spirit generates in our hearts and souls a craving … Read More