Conforming to Reforming

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Who are we as biblical counselors?  We are called to be helpful, but first and foremost, we must be found to be faithful, safe, and truthful.  If we are not these things our counseling relationships will fail to be a place where counselees can bring the truth about themselves. A counselee will often bring truth that they fear to express.  … Read More

Deception and Power

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It is of vital importance that we wrestle with the issues of power and deception.  As believers and leaders, we never want to hear the word “woe” from God.  This is what He spoke to the shepherds of Israel in the book of Ezekiel 34:4.  “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the … Read More

Time to Retreat

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When the gridlock of your schedule is relentlessly controlling you, when your heart is beating against the prison walls of your enslavement to the task list, it is time to spend time with the Lord.  Is it time to step away and follow the pattern of Jesus’ life?  He sought times of quiet solitude.  “In the morning, while it was … Read More

Brave or Safe

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Deep within us is the yearning to be brave.  Courage empowers us to do the right thing even in the face of fear.  Why does it matter so much to our souls to do the right thing rather than the safe thing?  It points to the nature and delight of our Creator.  When we think about being brave we can … Read More

Called to Freedom

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In some recent conversations some folks have said to me that they felt like there were some events and perspectives happening around them that were causing them to believe their freedom in Christ was being hindered.  They were not sure if they were lacking confidence in their relationship with God or fearing what people thought of them. It often seems … Read More

Honest to God

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I had set my cup of coffee down on the end table, to reach up, and get a book off of the shelf to clarify a reference.  I turned back, picked up my cup, and went back to the dining room table to finish what I was studying.  I did not realize the bottom of my cup was wet leaving … 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

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

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