You Are Mine

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Simple truths have a significant impact on how we do life;  especially, when it gets difficult.  “God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription; “The Lord knows those who are his…” (2 Timothy 3:19a) NLT.  We are His.  He knows Us. When it gets down to life-and-death issues, to whom do you entrust your life?  God in … Read More

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

What Do They Think

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As God’s children we know we are created for relationship.  God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit function as one God in a relationship of perfect unity.  We learn that as we have been created in His image we are created for unified relationships.  When many close friendships seemingly fade away, we can start to think … Read More

Emotional Health

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Being emotionally healthy is a process that requires continual work.  This does not mean we will always be checking our emotions or following a list of spiritual dos and don’ts.  The goal is to nurture a deep relationship with the Lord that is experiential, trusting, and loving.  In this we learn, over time, to more and more love what God … Read More

Relationships Fail or Thrive

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Relationships are hard work.  Some days it seems impossible to get along and love each other well.  There are a lot of reasons why relationships fail.  Our communication can tear us apart, but God gives us a means to enhance our speech.  There are five distinct reasons why relationships fail and four relational means to enhance and protect. Signs of … Read More

Heart Work

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Repentance is a hard word for us to hear because it can strike our hearts to fear of criticism or abandonment.  God always has a bigger and better plan for us if we open our hearts to hear.  Psalm 51 has been a useful psalm for the community of God’s people as guide to lead in understanding the beauty and … Read More

Do You Fear the Fight?

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Conflict is everywhere.  In our world of sin and shame unity and love are hard-won achievements.  The goal is to learn to persevere and fight with wisdom and humility. What is your conflict style?  Do you doggedly hound a person for resolution?  Are you an avoider?  Do you fear difficult conversations minimizing and sidestepping any way you can?  Do you … 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