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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 …

He Is Risen Indeed. Now What Are We Supposed to Do?

He Is Risen Indeed. Now What Are We Supposed to Do

There is a heightened awareness of the gospel—the person and work of Jesus Christ—during Easter. Christians worldwide are celebrating what many consider to be the centerpiece of His work on earth. It is great news; He’s out of the grave! Now what? Christ risen indeed… Continue Reading …

A Practical Message to Help You with That Toxic Person in Your Life

A Practical Message to Help You With That Toxic Person In Your Life

Our pastor said, and I paraphrase, “Toxic people are magnets who draw shards of truth and untruth into their orbit to build an image of their making to accomplish their purposes. Their hearts are fictional factories. If you permit them to do so, they will… Continue Reading …

Here Is the Perfect Goal for Your Child and How to Do It

Here Is the Perfect Goal for Your Child and How to Do It

What is the goal for your child? It’s a good and fair question. What do you hope for him or her to be when they grow up? Most Christian parents would rightly say they hope that their children love God with all of their hearts,… Continue Reading …

How Am I to Know When or When Not to Respond to a Fool?

How I'm to Know When and When Not to Respond to a Fool_

Proverbs 26:4-5 says that I’m supposed to respond to a fool, and then it says that I’m not to respond to a fool. What is the difference? How am I to know when I should respond to a foolish person or move on with my… Continue Reading …

How Paul Connected the Gospel to Personal Suffering

How Paul Connected the Gospel to Personal Suffering

Paul had a gospel-centered perspective on personal suffering. In 2 Corinthians 12, we learn that the Lord gave Paul a thorn in the flesh. Though we are unsure what his “thorn” was, Christians generally agree that it was a physical debilitation. I have written on… Continue Reading …

Sometimes It’s Better to Say Nothing When You’re Right

Sometimes It's Better to Say Nothing When You're Right

Being right is a tricky thing. Did you know that being right does not always mean you have to communicate what you know to be true? How good are you at discerning when to speak and not to speak as you consider the person who… Continue Reading …

The Uncomfortable Benefit of God Being Silent

The Uncomfortable Benefit of God Being Silent

Silence does not have to be a bad thing, even the silence of God. During the Lord’s quietness, He can communicate some of the most profound truths, if you’re willing to listen. Ultimately, we have to trust the Lord’s wisdom in all matters of life… Continue Reading …

Knowing What to Do But Not Doing It Is a Problem

God’s mercy comes to us without conditions but does not proceed without our cooperation. So too our aid must begin freely, regardless of the recipient’s merits. But our mercy must increasingly demand change, or it is not really love. – Timothy J. Keller, Ministries of… Continue Reading …

How to Assess Yourself to See If You Are Mature

The most significant test to examine your maturity is how you responded when you did not get what you wanted, especially if what you hoped for was a good thing. Responding with humility to disappointment magnifies the strength of God through your weakness. And that… Continue Reading …