God Is No Patcher

April 18th, 2014 No Comments

As William Tyndale put it, when God “buildeth he casteth all downe first. He is no patcher.” In the same way, the love of the Christian husband does not proceed from reading the “right books,” including this one, or going to the right seminars. God will not patch His grace onto some humanistic psychological nonsense—even if that nonsense is couched and buried in Christian terminology. It proceeds from an obedient heart, and the greatest desire of an obedient heart is the glory of God, not the happiness of the household.

Wilson, Douglas, Reforming Marriage (pp. 11–12).

Sex and Cohabitation Before Marriage are a Cancer

April 17th, 2014 No Comments
Nancy Pearcey (nancy.pearcey.7) Posted at April 10, 2014 at 8:01 PM on Facebook
“Sex and cohabitation before marriage are a cancer destroying marriage from the front end: “In a recent study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, “Would you have sex before marriage?” The response? Sixty-three percent of the single Christian respondents indicated yes.” Michael McManus in the book Insuring Marriage says, “Sex before marriage is a trap that fools one (or both) of the partners into thinking they have a closeness and intimacy that will make the relationship work. But that is merely a facade…. Chastity before marriage is a proven way to avoid divorce.” http://shar.es/T1cS6

Things Our Culture’s Counselors Never Say

April 17th, 2014 No Comments

You can find this whole article here. It is authored by Jared Oliphint.

Why do we put the adjectives “biblical” … in front of “counseling”? We want to consider the things that our culture’s counselors never say:

  • It does not get said in our culture’s counseling that “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” [Matt. 4:4]
  • It does not get said that, “Cast your cares upon him” because it matters to Him. [1 Pet. 5:7]
  • It does not get said that, “He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” [Heb. 13:5] Therefore you can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” [Heb. 13:6]
  • They never mention that God has a name.
  • They never mention that God searches every heart and that every human being will give account before God.
  • They never teach the fear of the Lord that is the beginning of wisdom.
  • They never mention sinfulness and sin and that there is some kind of compulsive and obsessive drive in people to suppress the knowledge of God.
  • They never mention that suffering is meaningful within larger purposes.
  • They never mention Jesus Christ because Jesus is a standing insult to self-esteem, self-trust, self-confidence and all the “self” words that our culture believes are the answer to what is wrong with us.
  • They never mention that God really does forgive sins.
  • They never mention that the Lord is our refuge, and in the midst of terrible afflictions it is possible to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and lose all earthly good and not to despair because he is with us. There is safety—fundamental safety and refuge.
  • They never mention that biological factors and personal history factors exist within the purposes of God. That those things locate our struggles and moral responsibility but do not trump moral responsibility.
  • They never mention our propensity to return evil for evil, or that we should return evil with good.
  • They never mention that human beings are meant to become, will all our heart, conscious worshipers.
  • They never mention that we are meant to live to use our God-given gifts to further dedicate our lives to the coming of his kingdom.
  • They never mention that the power to change does not lie within ourselves. There is an implicit belief that in some way if you can just understand yourself well enough and tap into interior resources and find enough support of human relationships and maybe get a bit of a chemical tweak on your moods and emotions, somehow that’s enough.
  • They do not pray with and for people.

But there is a Father who is a Vinedresser, and there is a Son who is a Shepherd, and there is a Holy Spirit who is a life-giver and a fruit-giver. There is someone outside ourselves who is why we want counseling to be Christian, worthy of the name “Christian.” Part of our worldview is that problems do not get solved until the day we see Him face to face. Only then are the tears all gone. Only then is the struggle with our besetting sins all gone. But that hope is a true hope.

we experience all suffering as death

April 14th, 2014 No Comments

Ultimately, we experience all suffering as death. Whether it is the little death of a flat tire, or the bigger death of a broken engagement, or the grand death that ends our earthly life, we each face daily casket experiences.

Robert Kellemen, God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, p. 12

groan for home and to live in hope

April 14th, 2014 No Comments

Suffering causes us to groan for home and to live in hope. The author of Hebrews, surveying the landscape of the Old Testament journeys, shows us the way home.

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city (Hebrews 11:13–16).

Robert Kellemen, God’s Healing for Life’s Losses, p. 13

Suffering Has Its Reasons

April 14th, 2014 No Comments

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.

2 Corinthians 1:8–9

For Those In Trouble

April 11th, 2014 No Comments

Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.

(Psalm 91:14-16)

Windows of Opportunity Coming in July

April 4th, 2014 No Comments

Reserve your tickets now, start your reading tomorrow, then, in July come and join us for three and a half days of an intense counseling experience. There’s no psychology here; only the Bible applied to serious life problems.

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Windows of Opportunity

April 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Reserve your tickets now, start your reading tomorrow, then in July come and join us for three and a half days of an intense counseling experience. There’s no psychology here; only the Bible applied to serious life problems.

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Jim Wilson’s Testimony

March 31st, 2014 No Comments

My father was born in 1899. My mother was born in 1900. She and my father were married in 1924. They had six sons, born between 1925 and 1943. I was number two. We were a close, poor, moral, non-religious family. Our parents had very strong convictions which they passed on to their sons in two different ways: teaching by our mother and requirements by our father. The result in us was a sense of superiority which today would be called “self-righteousness” or “holier than thou.” I did not know the terms, but certainly I thought I was better than other kids. I did not use bad language, profanity or slang. Neither did I smoke (everyone else did), drink, or run around. I did not think I was a “sinner.” I had reserved that word for the real bad guys. Because of this “goody-goody” reputation I got in several fist fights in the eighth grade and a final one in the eleventh grade. By my senior year in high school I became a little more accepting of my classmates.

World War II started for the US in the December of my freshman year in high school and ended in the August after my graduation in 1945. I had been very eager to enlist, so on May 7, 1945, I enlisted. It was the day Germany surrendered. I was not called to active duty until September of ’45. Japan had surrendered in August the same year. During my last year in high school my older brother Leonard had given me two books, one of which was titled Room to Swing a Cat. In one of the two books—I don’t remember which one stated that the Navy selected one hundred enlisted men from the fleet every year to attend the U.S. Naval Academy. I made up my mind to attend the NavalAcademy and this book told me how to get there. read more…

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