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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (12 of 12), Proverbs 28:2

Second opinions and even more can be great when you are looking at possibly having surgery, buying a house, taking a vacation to somewhere you’ve never been or any number of situations with viable options. But when it comes to … Continue reading

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“Maturity” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

  MATURITY – “Measure your progress” (Deuteronomy 8, Proverbs 20:29, Ecclesiastes 12, Matthew 18:1-5, Luke 8:14, John 15, Galatians 6:1-5, Ephesians 4:11- 16, Colossians 4:12, Hebrews 5:11-14)   The word “maturity‟ is used in so many different contexts in American … Continue reading

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Link to “Officer Christian Fellowship” (Website of military ministry)

Officer Christian Fellowship exists to glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society— the hunger that began with a lone British officer stationed in the area … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Maturity” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

I’ve often heard wise, loving, and faithful followers of Christ say something like “I’m not who I want to be for the Lord, but by His amazing grace I’m not who I used to be either.”  They know their Lord … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (11 of 12), Proverbs 20:5

“What’s really going on here?!” Maybe you’ve wondered that when your child was bawling or clamming up, and you couldn’t get anything out of them; or your even keeled co-worker was unusually touchy; or your supervisor was more subdued than … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 100: an Introduction (4 of 4)

My goal in this series is our greater joy in Jesus, even in complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, etc.  So, each time I will offer a buffet on 8 ‘P’s of good news.  Chew and savor whatever helps your joy … Continue reading

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“Instinct” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

INSTINCT – “To cling or not to cling?” (Proverbs 20:5, Isaiah 30:20-22, Jeremiah 2:23-25, Luke 11:9-13, John 10:27, Galatians 5:16-26, Ephesians 5:28-30, 2 Peter 2:12-13, Jude 10)   Joe Weider was one of the founders of bodybuilding.  One of the tenants … Continue reading

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Link to “World” (Website of online Christian magazine)

WORLD magazine is self-described as purposed “to be salt, not sugar.  We like to report good news but we don’t make it sticky-sweet. We also report bad news because Christ’s grace becomes most meaningful when we’re aware of sin. We … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Instinct” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

If you love Jesus, there’s a struggle of two instincts inside you: the old desires of your flesh that God calls us to put to death and the new desires of His Spirit.  May these music videos and related Scriptures … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (10 of 12), Proverbs 19:25

He was a cute little boy about three or four years old, grinning and wiggling, stretching toward the brightly colored candy just out of reach. As a parent, I had to smile. . . . at least until his mother … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 100: an Introduction (3 of 4)

Preface:  My simple goal here is our greater joy in Jesus, even in our complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, physically, etc.  So, I will be bringing you specific details of the Gospel (good news) in 8 “P”s via these articles … Continue reading

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“Initiative” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

INITIATIVE – “Let‟s get started!” (Genesis 42:1ff, Exodus 35:20-29, Proverbs 3:28 and 6:6-11, Matthew 21:28-31, Romans 10:9-15, 2 Corinthians 8:16-17, Hebrews 3:7-12, James 2:14-19)   I remember being so excited when my third son, Caleb, was about twelve year old … Continue reading

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Link to “CCEF” (Website of Christian Counseling and Education Foundation)

By God’s grace there are more and more excellent Christ-centered topical websites.  Below is a link to one that may be helpful to you or a friend. The Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) is simply one of the most … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Initiative” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

Taking that first step.  That’s initiative.  May the Christian music videos and related Scriptures below help you meditate and pray on the importance and joy of taking steps in faith and service for the Lord Jesus today.   And He … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (9 of 12), Proverbs 17:28

What do they want from you or me? Our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors – even our enemies? If we are in a position that they associate with wisdom, one thing they expect is occasional silence. Proverbs 27:18 reminds us that … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 100: an Introduction (2 of 4)

Preface:  My simple goal here is our greater joy in Jesus, even in our complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, physically, etc.  So, I will be bringing you specific details of the Gospel (good news) in 8 “P”s via these articles … Continue reading

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“Image” – physical and spiritual fitness in Christ

IMAGE – “It depends on who‟s looking!” (Genesis 4: 21-22, 26, 1 Samuel 16:7, 2 Samuel 14 [Absalom‟s whole life story], Proverbs 31:30, Song of Songs 1:6, Jeremiah 9:23-24, 1 Corinthians 13:12, James 1:22-25, 1 Peter 3:4-5)   Image is … Continue reading

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Link to “Living on the Edge” (Website Ministry of Pastor Chip Ingraham)

By God’s grace there are more and more excellent Christ-centered topical websites.  Below is a link to one that may be helpful to you or a friend. Chip Ingraham and his friends have a gift for bringing the practical hopes … Continue reading

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Christian Music Videos on “Image” (physical pictures of the Gospel)

As part of Music Mondays, the following Christian music videos and related Scriptures are provided to build up the Body of Christ for even greater joy and faith to follow Him.  You might also consider using them with “W.A.I.T. Training”, … Continue reading

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Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “When the day of Pentecost arrived…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (8 of 12), Proverbs 17:27

A cool head and a warm heart.  That’s an amazing combination, isn’t it?  A nextdoor neighbor who cares about you and doesn’t drop you when you neglect your yard work.  A parent who loves you and doesn’t freak out when you’ve blown … Continue reading

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Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “Lord, show us which of these two…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new … Continue reading

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Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “In those days, Peter stood up…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new … Continue reading

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Christian Joy 100: an Introduction (1 of 4)

Preface:  My simple goal here is our greater joy in Jesus, even in our complex struggles intellectually, emotionally, relationally, physically, etc.  So, I will be bringing you specific details of the Gospel (good news) in 8 “P”s via these articles … Continue reading

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Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “…devoting themselves to prayer…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new … Continue reading

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