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Do You Know How to Train Your Inner Voice?

Do You Know How to Train Your Inner Voice

God gave everyone an internal moral thermostat, the conscience. The word means con-science in the Latin or co-knowledge. It is one of the means of grace that teaches us how to change. Along with the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the people… Continue Reading …

Is Your Church a Preaching Center or a Discipleship Community?

Is Your Church a Preaching Center or a Discipleship Community

The preaching of God’s Word is essential for life transformation but preaching alone is not enough to change lives and families. A transformational church is both a preaching center and a discipleship community. A preaching center and discipleship community work in tandem from the pulpit… Continue Reading …

Three Characteristics of a Wonderful Leader

Three Characteristics of a Wonderful Leader

When you think about the characteristics of a good leader, what comes to your mind? I suspect many of us would think about a pastor of a church or a boss in the workplace or perhaps a husband or father. Those roles would be worth… Continue Reading …

Proactive Plan for Leadership Development in the Church

Proactive Plan For Leadership Development In the Church

One of the most challenging situations with any counselor or counseling ministry is placing counselees in a long-term “sanctification context” in their local churches where they may receive ongoing, lifelong care from competent disciple-makers. At best, formalized biblical counseling is a fleeting season in a… Continue Reading …

The Wisdom of Introducing Sin to Our Families

he Wisdom of Introducing to Your Family

One of the kindest things we can do is introduce a biblical sin plan to our families so they can enjoy the full benefits of the gospel. If we do this, we will begin to release an entire generation of people who will sin but… Continue Reading …

The Reason I Dated a Lesbian Was to Share Christ

The Reason I Dated a Lesbian

When I was a single man during the 90s, I worked a third shift, dead-end job at a glue factory. There were about thirty employees, three of whom were practicing lesbians. I was grateful to have the job, but it was a difficult place to… Continue Reading …

A Lesbian Walked into My Office Ready for Help

A Lesbian Walked Into My Office Ready for Help

A lesbian walked into my counseling office looking for help. She had grown weary of her lifestyle, had a remote association with God, and thought maybe He was in her problems somehow, some way. She needed help sorting things out. It’s a great story. I… Continue Reading …

The Dangerous Dark Side of a Shared Belief System

he Dangerous Dark Side of a Shared Belief System

There are two objective positives from being part of a group. One is that you all believe the same things. It’s the upside to “groupthink.” Not necessarily bad. The second is a psychological positive of feeling good to be part of the group. You believe… Continue Reading …

Hope and Practical Help for Those Struggling with Depression

Hope and Practical Help for Those Struggling with Depression

Depression is a complicated problem that is the center of much debate within counseling circles. Though those discussions will not subside anytime soon, there are a few things we can do to help those struggling with depression. As an added bonus, we may learn a… Continue Reading …

Learning How to Trust the Author of Your Story

Learning How to Trust the Author of Your Story

Think with me for a moment about what it means to be a bit player in a grander epic. The Christian life is God inviting us into His story that is coming true. We are not inviting Him into our story, hoping He will make… Continue Reading …

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