How to Make Friends

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Do you think you can make more friends by being interested in other people or by trying to get them to be interested in you?  We all know the answer.  People are not interested in us, they are more interested in themselves.  Alfred Adler, the famous Viennese psychologist, wrote a book ,What Life Should Mean to You.  In the book … Read More

The Weapons to Fight the Cravings

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Many have argued that there is not enough help out there for people who are addicted.  I don’t think the problem is a lack of help or programs.  Could there be a lack of revealed truth from God’s Word in that person’s life?  Is the main problem that people suppress the truth, and deny God’s solutions to the problems? God’s … Read More

3 Steps To a Heart of Contentment

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The lessons Jesus taught were radically opposed to the world’s way of thinking.  We can be so immersed in the messages of the world that we underestimate their power and influence upon our thinking.  The world promotes the selfish ideas that we just “deserve the best.” The message of the gospel of Christ tells us that we deserve an eternity … Read More

How To Be a Person of Influence

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If we want to be an influence in a person’s life, do we need to talk about what they want and show them how to get it? Is every act you have ever performed all about getting what you want? Let’s say you made a large contribution to your favorite charity. You gave the donation because you wanted to lend … Read More

Four Essential Steps For a Changed Life

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Any change we make in life is going to require us to get real and honest with ourselves.  I can hear my mind telling me, “I can handle this, it’s not really that bad, or I won’t do that again.”   The best one yet is when I say to myself, “I’ve learned my lesson.”  I don’t know about you, but … Read More

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