Untouchable

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When we receive a safe loving touch from someone it can cause us to feel accepted, cared for, and good.  The enjoyment of safe caring touch is a signal of a greater and more beautiful spiritual reality. Jesus sought out the outcasts, the really bad people who were known for their blatant sinfulness.  He was their friend, would engage with … Read More

Not There Yet

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We can all tend to wish our redemption was a once and done battle.  If it was easy, we would never really understand the nature of the honest fight.  Consequently, we would then not be of much help to others in the fight. God works with us and walks with us.  He is always interested in how we take the … Read More

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