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God’s Plan

 Life can be hard. We live in a real world, with real people, and real trials.  Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that feel frightening and out of control.  It is easy to find ourselves looking for some way to … Continue reading

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What do I do when I am angry in a relationship

I have been working a lot with couples who are battling anger with their spouses.  This is so common today that you might be thinking to yourself, “Well, duh, aren’t you a counselor?  Don’t you realize that people get angry?” … Continue reading

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Story

I was listening to a woman on the radio tell her story about the time she had a stroke.  She described this moment when the constant inner dialogue stopped.  There was silence and she loved it.  The stroke had affected … Continue reading

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The Context of Love

I am doing a lot of thinking about the call for Christians to love.  This past week I preached at my home church on Jesus’ command to love in John 13.  I have preached that passage several times.  This time … Continue reading

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How Can We Know Others Well?

  In working with people as a counselor I have learned important lessons about understanding others.  Some people see deeply into people’s lives.  They seem to be able to know others well, and are not shaken when they get conflicting … Continue reading

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Continuing to find our new normal in community

  As a Biblical counselor I am regularly inviting the people with whom I am working to change.  They are coming to me for help in dealing with situations in their lives where they recognize the need for growth and … Continue reading

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He Reigns!

I love Easter!  I used to love Easter because it was the one time of year we could eat Cadbury Eggs – you know, those obnoxiously sweet chocolate eggs with frosting in the middle that looks like raw egg?  That’s the … Continue reading

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Ashes into Beauty

Mourning into dancing, ashes into beauty, darkness into light, weakness into strength.  In Scripture we’re presented with all of these images of the Lord turning things upside down .  His life, death, and resurrection so powerfully break the hold of … Continue reading

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Life with a New Normal

A few months ago my wife died unexpectedly as the result of her treatments for cancer. That reality sits heavy on us all, much like that sentence does when you read it. Everyone is struggling with how to relate to … Continue reading

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The Intersection of Truth and Reality

I am working on a class that I will teach to a group of pastors this month.  The class is called Biblical Conversations.  We will be looking at the pastoral work of discipleship/mentoring/counseling. One of the books we will work … Continue reading

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