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29Jan
Mind Mapping a lady with  a small God NS

Mind Mapping a lady with a small God

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Maria has been struggling for years with heavy doses of guilt and shame. She is painfully introverted, though she has learned to mask it well. Only her closest friends have any idea about the internal angst that rumbles in her soul.

Eighteen years with a lazy, critical, and mean-spirited father has left a mark on her soul that she has never been able to scrub away. To compound matters she has mapped her relationship with her dad over her understanding and experience with God, the...

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25Jan
God and the Bible is not all you need to change well NS

God and the Bible is not all you need to change well

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Rachel just celebrated her seventh anniversary with her husband, Rob. She celebrated alone. This was her choice. She, like the rest of us, went into marriage with certain expectations. She, like the rest of us, was not prepared to live with an imperfect person.

Somehow she had convinced herself that the relationship with her husband would be different from the relationship she had with her father. Maybe it was too many chick flicks. Maybe it was those fairy tales...

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22Jan
Do you want my attention or my care NS (1)

Do you want my attention or do you want my care?

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Which is more important to you? To receive your pastor’s attention or to receive your pastor’s care? What if we turned the question around and looked at it from your pastor’s perspective? We would ask it this way:

What is more possible: to give each member of your church your attention or to give them your care?

From a pastoral (or any leadership, helping profession) perspective it is not possible to give every person who comes to you your undivided attention, especially if your desire is to...

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18Jan
I met a man who refuses to walk away from his sin NS

I met a man who refuses to walk away from his sin

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I recently counseled a man who is addicted to his sin. He loves his self-centered, self-serving lifestyle so much that he will not allow Christ to rule his heart (Colossians 3:16). His sinful choices have evolved into controlling preferences (Romans 1:21).

Once upon a time he professed Christ. Of course, some people would say he was never saved: he made a profession, but did not have the possession of Christ. It is true a person can acknowledge the facts about...

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15Jan
Mind Mapping - A detailed study in self-reliance NS

Mind Mapping: A detailed study in self-reliance

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The self-reliant person lives in a fantasy world. It is not a real world because it is an impossible feat to achieve. Nobody can be self-sufficient. Jesus Christ was not able to be self-reliant.

He grew physically (Luke 2:40, 52). He was tired (John 4:6) and became thirsty (John 19:28). He hungered (Matthew 4:2) and experienced physical weakness (Matthew 4:11; Luke 23:26). And He died (Luke 23:46).

To pursue a self-reliant lifestyle is to push yourself past the bounds...

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13Jan
The number one key when working through relational conflict NS

The number one key when working through relational conflict

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Key Takeaway - If you do not have genuine affection for the person you disagree with, it would be best not to engage them in a disagreement. The first step in relational communication is genuine affection for the other person.

What kind of person is easier for you to engage in a disagreement? Someone you have genuine affection for or someone you have less affection for? Here are a few characteristics of a person in which you have genuine affection:

  • You...

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