The Struggle On a recent backpacking trip with my two oldest boys, our hike was challenging, with a steep ascent for the first six miles. As we climbed the initial 4,000 ft, my boys began to exclaim how great it would be to have a teleport machine that could take them to the end quickly,Continue reading “Backpacking To Zion”
Fear is a weapon. It is being used to motivate and manipulate people. In the age we live in with mass media and all types of fast means of conveying information, fear seems to be most effective in getting groups of people to do what another group wants. Over the last few years in theContinue reading “On Fear: Gaining Victory Over Sinful Fear”
“Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm.” 2 Corinthians 1:24 (LSB) Do you have someone dedicated to you personally? Some businesses offer special memberships that provide you with a personal concierge or a dedicated employee to work withContinue reading “Working For Your Joy!”
The heart of believers is the battlefield that the process of sanctification is fought. All three aspects of the dynamic heart can be used to relate this doctrine to everyday life.
The personal ministry of the Word is sometimes a neglected element in church revitalization. There are so many other things that demand our time. I was convinced of Biblical Counseling before arriving at my current church, but experience confirmed to me the desperate need for biblical counseling in dying churches. Biblical counseling can often be the sail that catches the wind, it should not control the direction of the church, but it can move the church in a healthy direction. Not only that but it will also take some of the pressure off of you in the long run. Why should you as a leader in a local church counsel biblically? I can think of at least five reasons.
I have found technology to provide very useful tools to increase my time in Scripture no matter the medium. So here are a few tools I used last year.
The sufficiency of Scripture means that Scripture contained all the words of God he intended his people to have at each stage of redemptive-history, and that it now contains everything we need God to tell us for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him perfectly. (2 Tim. 3:16–17).
A great comfort to me when I consider affliction and hardships is how God uses all things for good.
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, God works both good things and bad things for the good of His people. Let us look at Romans 8. “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those he foreknew he also predestinedContinue reading “Don’t Waste Your Trauma! (Part 4)”
Trauma is difficult to define. For one thing trauma and it’s effects can be very subjective. Trauma is defined by Merriam-Webster as “A very difficult or unpleasant experience that causes someone to have mental or emotional problems.” Honestly, that could mean anything and is in many ways completely subjective. So what do we do with trauma?