Maybe you can relate? How much time have you spent afraid, worried, lonely, envious, or feeling sorry for yourself? I don’t dare even try to calculate such waste in my life. I know that I am often guilty of all of these things. There’s got to be a better way to spend what’s left of 2017! We must put off these ungodly responses. But what can we put on instead? What will help us not only to get out of these emotional states, but to stay out, and to prevent their coming back?Read More
I love Jesus, but I really don’t like Christmas. The pressure to find the perfect gift for the people on my list (most of that pressure coming from myself) rattles me every year, and I always dread the physical pain of browsing in stores and standing in lines. These days, I do most of my shopping online, but even that can be draining when you have no idea what someone wants or needs, and you really want the gift to be perfect. Gifts and material things are nice, but just as the first Christmas was not about the gifts of the Magi, so this Christmas must not be about the presents.Read More
I am more grieved than ever about the worldliness I see among Christian women. We must repent! We are to draw near to God instead, seeking Him and His holiness and doing the things He wants us to do. We must not befriend the world and its philosophy of life which says that these kinds of behaviors are acceptable.Read More
Sometimes, it is hard for us as their friends to confront them in their sin and hold them accountable, because their suffering is so raw and unending. Are we doing them a favor when we overlook their sin and make excuses for them? Maybe for a time this might be appropriate, as they each adjust to the difficulty or trial. But if this sin becomes a pattern, as it has with the examples above, then we as their Christian brothers and sisters must help them to repent and change.Read More
So, today I am celebrating this anniversary instead of grieving. I am celebrating the goodness of God in my life, and the beauty of heart change for life change. But most of all, I am celebrating the many ways that God has used a botched surgery to make me more like His precious Son. Only the God of the universe could take something that the world sees as a mistake, and turn it into a glorious tool to transform a heart. Hallelujah! What a transformation! What a Savior!Read More
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