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An Amazing Conversation

Posted on 9/27/2013 by John Henderson

Then the Lord said to Cain… (Genesis 4:6a)

The Scripture provides a wide range of case material packed with truth and meaning for counseling ministry. The story of Cain offers a prime example (Genesis 4:1-16). While we don’t have access to the details of Cain’s childhood, we can probably learn a few

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Greatness

Posted on 4/8/2013 by John Henderson

“But it is not this way with you, but the one who is the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the servant.” (Luke 22:26)

Each of us, more likely than not, carries in mind some idea about greatness in human life. If someone were to ask, “What does it mean to be great, or a great person?” we could probably drum up some kind of definition. And that’s what I want you to do now. Define greatness. Consider what you think it means and involves.

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Turning the World Upside Down

Posted on 5/23/2012 by John Henderson

“These men who have upset the world have come here also.” (Acts 17:6b)

I think the men of Thessalonica offer a wonderfully ironic and priceless depiction of gospel ministry: these men who have upset the world have come here also. The bearers of the gospel of Jesus Christ, according to their opponents, were unsettling everything, and everyone. They saw Paul and Silas as men who were turning the whole world on its head.

The statement is firstly ironic because those very accusers from Thessalonica were the actual parties instigating the mob and creating uproar in the city.[1] Only days later they would agitate Berea to the same end.[2] It was the unbelieving Jews who

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One River of Cleansing

Posted on 3/28/2012 by John Henderson

“Are not Abanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage.

(II Kings 5:12)

An incredible mercy of God was extended to Naaman the Syrian. He didn’t like the form it took. We usually don’t either. We like the idea of healing, health, and freedom, but tend to scoff at the very narrow and humble channel God uses to deliver them into our lives. We like options, lots of options. And we want them to look and feel right before we plunge in.

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Marriage Preparation

Posted on 2/1/2012 by John Henderson

Excerpt from the Preface of Catching Foxes (2012), a new resource from the Association of Biblical Counselors

Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and gaze on King Solomon with the crown with which his mother has crowned him on the day of his wedding, and on the day of his gladness of heart.

(Song of Solomon 3:11)

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Gospel Terminus

Posted on 12/21/2011 by John Henderson

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (I Timothy 1:15-17)

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The Blinding Effects of Our Iniquity

Posted on 9/30/2011 by John Henderson

Strangers devour his strength, yet he does not know it; Gray hairs also are sprinkled on him, yet he does not know it. (Hosea 7:9)

Sin renders our hearts more calloused. Pride blinds. Idolatry, among many things, keeps us hard of hearing and dull to the perils, pains, and consequences of our woeful estate. Self-absorption, quite ironically, produces in us a heightened sensitivity to everyone else’s evil, but far less sensitivity to our own.

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Remembering Our Place When Wronged

Posted on 1/8/2011 by John Henderson

Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants. ”

But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?” (Genesis 50:18-19)

We find in Joseph a kind of humble grace that deserves our thought and appreciation. His brothers had wronged him severely. They

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