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The Reason What You Believe and What You Do Are Different

The Reason What You Believe and What You Do Are Different

Have you ever wondered how it is possible to believe the right things yet do the wrong things? It happens all the time–at least to me. I am put in situations daily where I have the opportunity to do the right thing. Sometimes, I make… Continue Reading …

Church Discipline: How to Help a Person Get Right With God

Church Discipline How to Help a Person Get Right With God

What do you do when a Christian does not want to restore his relationship with God and others? Fortunately, the Bible does not leave us in the dark about this vital subject. Some people call it church discipline. Others call it church restoration. Both of… Continue Reading …

Here Are Rick’s Counseling Notes On Guilt and Fear with a Counselee

Here Are Rick's Counseling Notes On Guilt and Fear with a Counselee01

These are the actual counseling notes from a friend that I met with for counseling. She permitted me to share them, which I altered slightly and flattened out for public distribution. Counseling notes miss a lot of data. While they cover the breadth of one… Continue Reading …

My Husband Never Asks for Forgiveness. How Am I to Respond?

My Husband Never Asks for Forgiveness. How Am I to Respond? 001

I’m frustrated! I am always approaching my husband with my sin, asking for his forgiveness, but he seems never to see his need to ask me for forgiveness. Many times he won’t even bother to forgive me. What am I to do? How am I… Continue Reading …

I Will Forgive You for What You Did If You Promise to Change

Forgiveness is only one aspect of the change process. It is not a complete change when talking about repentance, but it is one of the mile markers that lead to change. Understanding the concept of forgiveness is vital because if you do not do it… Continue Reading …

Why the Term Emotional Abuse Is Unhelpful and Misleading

Why the Term Emotional Abuse Is Unhelpful and Misleading

Emotional abuse is real and painful. If ongoing, it can have a detrimental effect on your body and soul. Understanding emotional trauma biblically is vital, which is why the term “emotional abuse” is misleading, unhelpful, and sub-biblical. The Bible has a better way of thinking… Continue Reading …

The Perfect Remedy for Those People Who Annoy You

The Perfect Remedy for Those People Who Annoy You

Do you love Jesus with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:36-40)? Do you not particularly care for all of His children? Is there any individual in the body of Christ with whom you find it hard to like? Perhaps you can… Continue Reading …

What’s Happening When I Won’t Forgive Someone?

What's Happening When I Won’t Forgive Someone

Forgiveness is one of the most challenging concepts for the Christian to come to terms with, particularly when someone has hurt the believer. The victims of crimes suffer the most. I know that was true for Jesus: He suffered for my sins, making the call… Continue Reading …

Humbly Assessing How Our Behaviors May Push Others Away from Christ

Humbly Assessing How Our Behaviors May Push Others Away from Christ

How do your attitudes, words, and actions move people? Our behavior motivates people in one direction or the other. We are pushing people toward Christ or away from Him. We’re not responsible for their choices, but we are vital secondary actors who must always think… Continue Reading …

Too Much Skin, Girl. Too Much Skin: a Plea for Modesty

While summer is an appreciated and welcomed relief from the blistering cold of winter, it does bring a different kind of difficulty. The summer months draw attention to our universal struggle with biblical sexuality, and the modesty debates take a prominent role in our conversations. You may… Continue Reading …