Category Archives: Introductions

A Late Night Prayer

Sometimes, in the night, I pray about the things that I can’t find solutions for. At times, there may be no resolution short of the “new heavens and new earth”. Still my spirit aches for the ravages of sin that … Continue reading

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Chill, Just Chill

When I am focused on myself and my own hurts, I stop looking are the impact of my harsh words or recklessness. I excuse myself by saying, “I can’t help it” or “I just couldn’t take it anymore.” Continue reading

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What Kind of Nut Are You?

I often get the reaction, “You don’t seem like a preacher.” It is because being a preacher is to fit in a certain box. My response is, “I hope I seem like a friend.” Continue reading

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Speaking Words of Hope

Peter reminds us when we suffer in righteousness, that we should not despair as others might, but in those difficult times to be ready to give answers concerning the hope within us. Continue reading

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So What Is Discipling?

Sometimes in the course of one’s life, there is an awareness of the presence of God in a very special manner. Janet and I were aware of some circumstances like that just this past week. Let me, without commenting on … Continue reading

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How Do We Bring About Change?

It takes time connected to others to slowly peel back the emotional guardedness and allow new information to soak in. It is less the singular statement of brilliance and more the persistence of presence that alters the protective defenses we erect around us. Continue reading

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Grasping for the Mystery

  One of my frustrations with myself is all my training in logic. From high school logic classes, through a school of preaching that stressed a debate-style approach to the Scriptures, to the scientific method training of my undergraduate degree … Continue reading

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Kindness is an Act of the Will

Remember, you don’t treat others kindly because they are kind. You do it because you are kind. When you adopt such a standard, you change the world. Sadly, until we adopt it, nothing changes. Continue reading

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Aunt Gussie, I Wish You Had Known Her

It happened last when was in Texas for my mother’s funeral. My family is spread all over the USA, so we seldom see one another. While there for the memorial service, all of my siblings, spouses, and children were able … Continue reading

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What Ministers Can Do to Find Counselors

The last reminder is that both ministers and therapists/counselors believe in the power of the individual to change. We all believe that life can improve and people can live healthier, more effective, and more productive lives. Ministers seek the spiritual development of their constituents; therapists seek the emotional well being of their clients. We work in areas of overlap and can work together, but I would urge both groups to work together for the well being of those around us. Continue reading

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