Oh how we all love the Psalms! Their comforting words have taken us all through lonely nights and fearful experiences. They are where we often turn when in trouble, alone, or despondent. The Psalms have provided deep comfort and encouragement in our most trying times. But there is one Psalm about which I have had ambivalent feeling. For at first read, it describes attributes up to which I grossly fail. Not the comforting words of Psalm 23, which clearly describe the shepherding hand of the Lord. But on closer inspection I see that the Psalm is not really about me at all. Let’s take a look at it. Psalm 15 begins with a poignant question: “O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?”
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From the title of this post, you might think I am going to explain how to counsel your children. But no, actually the post will explain why you should raise your children to be biblical counselors. The connection may not be apparent at first. It took me over ten years to see it myself. I was fresh from learning about Gestalt Psychology in my days at the University of Miami.
Frontline Ministry How much effort should we put in helping small group leaders be equipped in biblical counseling? That’s an excellent question.
<p> It’s instructive that the Bible not only alerts us to watch out for doctrinal heresy, but also for relational heresy.</p> <p> <span style="line-height: 1.7em;">The Bible commands us not only to be careful out there about people who are false teachers; we also must be careful out there about people who are false lovers—divisive, biting, devouring, overbearing, quarrelsome, and contentious people.</span></p> <p> <span style="line-height: 1.7em;">Consider just a few of the times that the Bible warns us to be careful, to be on guard against, and to watch out for divisive people.</span></p>
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.
Jenny opened the note left on her pillow by her husband. As she quickly opened it, her hands trembled. Their relationship had been strained of recent, frequent quarrels breaking out. The note revealed his intentions to leave her and their three children. He would be filing for divorce and had seized all their assets.
When I think about foolishness and all that the word entails, the three primary things that I think of are 1)lack of foresight, 2) a general disregard for consequences, and 3) an inordinate desire for what I want. The book of Proverbs reminds us of things like “a fool is reckless and careless” (14:16), “fools die for lack of sense” (10:21), and “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes” (12:15). While the consequences to our actions aren’t always death or physical pain, we know that foolishness causes a world of hurt.
Helping your Child heal from sexual abuse The unimaginable has happened… You have been very careful to watch your children; you know there are many dangers they face. You were very careful with babysitter selections, you did not let your children play unattended, etc. and yet… Your daughter has been sexually abused.
By Scott O’Malley In a 3 part series, Twelve Stones Ministries would like to address the people