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Ep. 368 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 12

Ep. 368 Response to The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Episode 12 (1)

Shows Main Idea – There is a thin line between standing for God and falling into pride. The determining factors are a person’s character and how they use the gifts God has given to them. If a person’s character is wrong, they will manipulate their… Continue Reading …

When the Thing That Protects You Becomes Your Prison

When the Thing that Protects You Becomes Your Prison

Some relationships can become so painful that you must retreat while implementing self-protective measures to prevent being hurt again. The unintended consequence is that the strategies for protection can imprison you, which is what happened to Mable. Her husband was harming her so she did… Continue Reading …

You Must Know This Before You Counsel Anyone

You Must Know This Before You Counsel a Teen

Sometimes stereotypical counseling can get in the way of what you want to do with an individual, especially when the counselee has a preconceived, pessimistic instinct about where you want to go with him. You’ll see this with some teenagers, for example, because they sense… Continue Reading …

How to Resist the Incremental Reality of Becoming a Dull Believer

How to Resist the Incremental Reality of Becoming a Dull Believer

Spiritual dullness in a community of Christlike disciple-makers is hard to imagine, but it happens all the time. We can lull ourselves to sleep, lose our gospel edge, and before long, we are ticking the Christian boxes without thinking. If the practice continues, we will… Continue Reading …

How the Ongoing Sin of Others Impacts Your Health

How the Ongoing Sin of Others Impacts Your Health01

The interplay between our physical and spiritual selves does not get enough talk time within the Christian community, especially how a conflict between two people can lead to diminishing health. I have counseled some couples with declining health problems that parallel the acrimonious relationships with… Continue Reading …

9/11: A Study in Misplaced Faith and a Hardened Conscience

911 A Study in Misplaced Faith and a Hardened Conscience

We will never forget the tragedy of 9/11. Many of us remember where we were on that tragic day. I was sitting in my counseling office when the news came. It continues to boggle the mind to think how anyone could be so twisted that… Continue Reading …

Can God Use Me: the Non-Disqualifying Grace of God

Can God Use Me the Non-Disqualifying Grace of God

God is not looking for a few good men or women or folks with specific character traits. It’s not our personalities or our wits that God wants. That is not how it works in the “grace of God world” where you and I live. Though… Continue Reading …

Whose Reputation Is Most Important to You, Practically Speaking?

Whose Reputation Is Most Important to You, Practically Speaking

When it comes to our reputations, the Christian has two choices from which to choose. We can build a personal, sacred monument to ourselves, or we can choose to enhance the reputation of Christ. When we take our theological exams, we know which box to… Continue Reading …

What’s the Big Deal with You: Get the Vaccine Already?

What's the Big Deal with You Get the Vaccine Already

The whole world is at war. It’s a war between good and evil—as always. Some of the skirmishes are between military combatants, but the purpose of this piece is not between those warriors in the traditional theaters. I’m addressing those other warriors—specifically, those who have… Continue Reading …

Ep. 351 Why Most Biblical Counselors Should Not Take on Abuse Cases

Ep. 351 Why Most Biblical Counselors Should Not Take On Abuse Cases

Shows Main Idea – Abuse cases continue to rise in the world and evangelical church. Christians are not impervious to the disastrous effects of abuse or the mishandling of abuse cases. Every week our ministry hears a story or receives a request from the abused,… Continue Reading …