Back to Blog Home

Sorted by: ABC


Victory Over The Shame Of Sexual Abuse

Author: Category: Uncategorized

<div class="BlogEntry" style="font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> <div class="Body" style="margin-bottom: 30px; font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: left; clear: both;"> <p> <span style="line-height: 1.7em; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit;">On several occasions I spoken on the topic of sexual abuse and the shame associated with it. Shame is such a pervasive part of any kind of abuse or any sin. What has profoundly impacted me as I’ve thought about all this is how my brothers and sisters are overwhelmed by the sin of sexual abuse and the shame that accompanies it.</span></p>

Keep Reading

Blogging Myself Out of A Job

Author: Category: Uncategorized

If you walk into a Christian bookstore, go to the area where Bibles are sold and you will be amazed at how many Bibles there are.  There’s the Spirit Filled Life Bible, the Battlezone Bible, The Good News Bible, The Archeological Study Bible, the Apologetics Study Bible, the Rainbow Study Bible, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, the Reformation Study Bible, and on and on.  Walk in a church and you will find a small 

Keep Reading

Let All Who Think They (or Their Loved Ones) Stand, Take Heed of the Story of the Jake Evans…

Author: Category: Uncategorized

If you're not familiar with the recent tragedy involving Jake Evans, a 17-year old, homeschooled young man who shot his mom and younger sister, read/watch/listen to this:  http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/09/17-year-old-kills-his-mother-and-sister-calls-911-to-turn-himself-in/ Being involved in prison ministry, I frequently scan the headlines for the latest crimes and convictions.  I was working late one night when I read about Jake's crime and listened to his chilling confession for the

Keep Reading

Psalm 107:13 – THEN they cried out

Author: Category: Uncategorized

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble…,” Psalm 107:13. According to 2 Corinthians 7:10, we cry out to God from one of two kinds of grief: “…godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. ”  Godly grief produces repentance without regret.  Worldly grief produces only death.  Trained counselors, and those who would minister to those in prison, must be able to distinguish between the two.

Keep Reading

Motivation for Ministry

Author: Category: Uncategorized

As one who has dedicated my life to helping people grow through their life struggles, I often face the temptation to become weary. “Why do I do this?” I query within myself. A close examination of that question reveals that much of my motivation is driven by a sense of obligation—the sense that I “should” do this because of how good God has been to me—or fear—I mean, what else can I do, since this is where I have landed in my life pursuit.

Keep Reading

Resolving Conflict In Relationships Biblically

Author: Category: Uncategorized

When it comes to conflict in relationships, Ken Sande says there are really only three kinds of people: peace-fakers, peace-breakers and peace-makers. Peace-breakers are prideful and power up. If they don’t get their way, they blow up, escalating conflict like gas on a flickering flame.

Keep Reading

Psalm 107:13-14 – Free Indeed!

Author: Category: Uncategorized

"And He saved them out of their distresses.  14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces," Psalm 107:13b-14. In the last post, I wrote about two kinds of grief; one produces repentance, the other death.  This is a critical point.  Godly sorrow or grief over one's sins produces change.  A good tree (Godly grief) produces good fruit (repentance, change).

Keep Reading

Counseling the Shattered Lives of Sexual Sin – 3 Parts

Author: Category: Uncategorized

In a 3 part series, Twelve Stones Ministries would like to address the people involved in sexual sin from three different perspectives.

Keep Reading

Psalm 107:15-16 – Give Thanks!

Author: Category: Uncategorized

When I began this series, I certainly didn't plan that I would end this week, but how fitting a tribute to the God we serve!  I tell everyone who'll listen that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  An argument could be made--indeed, was made by more than a few Puritans--that it may be the only holiday Christians can observe that is not implicitly forbidden in Scripture.  That aside, in my mind, it is the only holiday 

Keep Reading

Walking With Your People

Author: Category: Uncategorized

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes really blow it when it comes to listening well. I am too up in my head about what I want to say in response to really hear the other person’s heart. In thirty years of counseling and fifteen years of marriage here is what I’ve have learned:

Keep Reading