Category Archives: Service Saturdays

“Service” can sound difficult and – to be honest – sometimes boring. Right? After all, most of us serve someone Monday through Friday, and Sunday belongs to God. So many of us are strongly tempted to see Saturday as our one day in the week.

In this weekly series, I invite you to journey with me in seeing service to others as one of the greatest ways to experience the joy of Christ. For that reason, I will be equipping and encouraging you for loving relationships with the people God has given you: counseling basics, reviews of Christian movies and books that you can enjoy with family and friends, example apologetics (how to defend the Christian faith to non-believers), links to other Christian websites to help your loved ones, devotionals and other articles, links to Christian comedy, and more.

“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ He said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’” (John 21:15)

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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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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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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (7 of 12), Proverbs 17:10

“Talk to the hand!”  You’ve probably heard it said  – or more vividly, seen it said.  If I remember correctly, “Martin”, a TV comedy series in the 1990s popularized the phrase in the U.S.  And it was usually in response to some unwanted advise, … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (6 of 12), Proverbs 15:21

“No, thanks.  I’m on a mission.”  You’ve probably been there.  But sometimes the distractions and hurdles make it feel ike a scene from Mission Impossible. Shopping as a family comes to my mind. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been in a store, and each member … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (5 of 12), Proverbs 14:33

Proverbs 14:33 tells us that “Wisdom rests in the heart of person of understanding, but in the hearts of fools it is made known.” Of all the proverbs about the person of understanding, this one may be the least immediately … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (4 of 12), Proverbs 14:6

The GPS in our car has prompted more than a few memories in our family.  “In 1,000 feet, take a slight left onto highway 7.”  And I sometimes respond (as if it’s listening and might dialogue with me based on my superior … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (3 of 12), Proverbs 11:12

Your neighbor just did something foolish. What should you say? Proverbs 11:12 tells us, “Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the man of understanding holds his tongue.” It implies that the neighbor has acted in some way that … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (2 of 12), Proverbs 10:23

“A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.” If you read last week’s devotional, you know that one of the characteristics of a “man of understanding” is what he (or she) does. But … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (1 of 12), Proverbs 1:5

God willing, over the next 12 Saturdays, we’re going to look at the practicality of wisdom in Christ, to which I’ll refer as “counseling”.  For, before we can equip and encourage anyone else in what Jesus says, we must first … Continue reading

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4 Levels of Peer Counseling

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Peer Counseling: Discerning your Family Values

Has the Lord put someone in your path who seems to feel stuck or is clearly wayward from a good path?  They need godly counsel to help them get “unstuck” or back on track.  And, while the contents of godly … Continue reading

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Peer Counseling: Discerning the Significance of Group Values

Every individual who needs counsel is also a part of many groups.  They’re a member of their family now, their family of origin, the Army family (or other cultural families), someone’s friend, neighbor, student, etc.  They’re a member of a … Continue reading

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Peer Counseling: Discerning 3 Constants as a Counselor

“What is the hurting person’s root desire or concern?  What is their current goal related to that concern?  And do they feel safe with me right now?”  Those are three constants that every parent, supervisor, friend, coach, etc. needs to … Continue reading

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Peer Counseling: Posture and Assessing or Conveying Value/Interest

“How are they really doing, and do they want help?”  Whether we’re a parent, coach, supervisor, or anyone else in a position to take care of others, our first task is to assess their level of stress.  One of the … Continue reading

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Because we’re called to counsel: 4 levels of peer counseling

Jesus calls all of His people to be leaders, equipping and encouraging others to follow Him.  He also calls all of His people to counsel others, helping the stuck or wayward to get back on track.  This week’s video on … Continue reading

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Leaders’ decisions: magnets, munitions, and mud

Whether we’re to lead as a husband, parent, supervisor, coach, or in another other position by which we have responsibilities for others, each of our decisions will have an impact on them.  Godly and even ungodly decisions can act as … Continue reading

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Counseling Principles & Strategies, an Introduction

If you’ve read or viewed other posts on this blog, you may remember that I am relating leadership and counseling as two duties of all Christians.  Christian leadership, per the Apostle Paul, is simply equipping and encouraging others to follow … Continue reading

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“Warming up to Working Out the Body of Christ” (part 2 of 2): Spiritual Resilience & your “Treasure Chest”

If you haven’t viewed part 1 of “Warming Up to Working Out”, I recommend doing so before watching part 2 below.  The first video is foundational to the second. As I’ve said in the introductory posts for this series, I … Continue reading

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“Warming up to Working Out the Body of Christ” (part 1 of 2): Emotional Intelligence & your “Treasure Chest”

If you’ve read any posts in this series, “Workout Wednesday”, you know that I am encouraging us to use physical exercise for small group Bible studies and Christian fellowship in a program of “W.A.I.T. Training”.  There are at least two … Continue reading

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Biblical justice: “Give ’em the Chair”

Growing up, whenever I heard people talk about biblical justice, it was always associated with giving some confirmed criminal what they deserved.  That concept of ‘biblical justice’ seems to have come from the idea that God – especially from their … Continue reading

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“Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus”, by Nabeel Qureshi

Islam. Muslims. Jihad. Depending on our individual experience, any of these words might elicit a strong response from us – and not necessarily positive. As an American Soldier who’s deployed in response to Islamic terrorism in one form or another, … Continue reading

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“The River”, an example of using art in counseling

What can Christian counselors do when the hurting person in front of us can’t seem to say what’s on their heart or mind?  The immediate goal must be to help them feel as safe as possible.  One strategy that may … Continue reading

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Example Continuity Files – a Chapel Congregation Chaplain

Should the senior Chaplain over a chapel congregation pass the baton, too?  I’m not talking about merely stepping aside as they leave and introducing their replacement, but rather planning intentional continuity of the vision and strategies of ministry.  I think so. In my experience, such transition … Continue reading

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Example Continuity Files – a Chaplain Resource Manager

Passing the baton successfully is especially critical if you’re running the race as a Chaplain Resource Manager (CRM). Most CRMs don’t have a Finance degree – just a two-week Army school on big picture policies and some software stuff. So … Continue reading

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Example Continuity Files – a Deputy Garrison Chaplain

Passing the baton successfully can be especially difficult when there’s no one identified to receive it.  I wrote this package (the last of five example continuity files) for my Garrison Chaplain Office (GARCHO) team when we learned that the slot … Continue reading

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