Move Toward Serenity

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Our culture is all about competing, performing, and winning.  We can think our value and significance depends on our performance.  We can believe that we are only loved by what we do.  God says our value was bestowed on us prior to our ability to perform.  We can lose sight of the fact that we are not the sole creators … Read More

How to be Content

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We wrestle in our souls to be content.  Our minds race out of control.  The anxiety of the task list alone, can control and steal our sense of peace.  It can seem as if we are running in fear and, in reality, no one is chasing.  We long for a deeper communion with God, to hear His voice more clearly, … Read More

Why Am I Here?

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The questions we can hear often and maybe ask ourselves are, “Why am I here?” What is my purpose?  What is life all about anyway?”  Our answers define how we do life.  We will feel the pressure to conform to the world that presents to us all kinds of models that can attract the attention of our hearts. Jesus maps … Read More

Foundation of Intimacy

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We long for intimacy with God.  We attempt to follow all of the spiritual disciplines and serve God.  We read and study our Bibles thinking this will deepen our relationship with God.  We worship and witness knowing these things are important.  We do all these things and wonder why these things are not deepening our intimacy with God. Isaiah 66:2 … Read More

Untouchable

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When we receive a safe loving touch from someone it can cause us to feel accepted, cared for, and good.  The enjoyment of safe caring touch is a signal of a greater and more beautiful spiritual reality. Jesus sought out the outcasts, the really bad people who were known for their blatant sinfulness.  He was their friend, would engage with … Read More

Not There Yet

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We can all tend to wish our redemption was a once and done battle.  If it was easy, we would never really understand the nature of the honest fight.  Consequently, we would then not be of much help to others in the fight. God works with us and walks with us.  He is always interested in how we take the … Read More

Conforming to Reforming

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Who are we as biblical counselors?  We are called to be helpful, but first and foremost, we must be found to be faithful, safe, and truthful.  If we are not these things our counseling relationships will fail to be a place where counselees can bring the truth about themselves. A counselee will often bring truth that they fear to express.  … Read More

Deception and Power

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It is of vital importance that we wrestle with the issues of power and deception.  As believers and leaders, we never want to hear the word “woe” from God.  This is what He spoke to the shepherds of Israel in the book of Ezekiel 34:4.  “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the … Read More

Time to Retreat

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When the gridlock of your schedule is relentlessly controlling you, when your heart is beating against the prison walls of your enslavement to the task list, it is time to spend time with the Lord.  Is it time to step away and follow the pattern of Jesus’ life?  He sought times of quiet solitude.  “In the morning, while it was … Read More

Brave or Safe

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Deep within us is the yearning to be brave.  Courage empowers us to do the right thing even in the face of fear.  Why does it matter so much to our souls to do the right thing rather than the safe thing?  It points to the nature and delight of our Creator.  When we think about being brave we can … Read More