July 1 | Control issues Part 2 of 2)
Excerpt: In my last blog, I noted that the key to change is changing what you’re most convinced of in your life. That is to say, there is a connection between what you believe and what you’re most convinced of and the behaviors that flow out of those beliefs and convictions. I provided a Control Feedback Loop visual aid to help us see how this process works, and how the cycles continues.
July 8 | In your struggle against sin (Article)
Excerpt: In my counseling work, I seek to offer couples a new angle in understanding why they face the problems they face. I summarize everything into one word: Sin. Sin is the reason why they struggle with whatever it is that brings them to the counseling office. By the time folks make it to the counseling office, typically they are at a low point, feeling as if they’ve hit rock bottom. They feel stuck in a pit and can’t get out.
July 15 | 4 Solutions to marriage conflict (Part 1 of 2)
Excerpt: Marriage is hard work but it’s good. It’s good for many reasons but not the least of which is the fact that marriage is God’s gift to us to teach us about the beautiful mystery of Christ and his church (Eph 5:32). It’s very easy to forget this truth primarily because of the reality of the presence of sin.
July 22 | for he is praying
Excerpt: How is your prayer life this week? What things are you crying out to Jesus about? What burdens have you brought to him hoping and believing that he will hear your plea and respond with that great, tender compassion and car or that much needed wisdom that only he can impart?
July 23 | he knelt down and prayed
Excerpt: Unlike Saul, Christ had the Spirit when he prayed. Unlike Saul, Christ was not blinded. Unlike Saul, Christ was not murdering Christians but was on the cusp of being murdered for the sake of Christians. But what Paul and Christ shared in common during in their dark moments was their default impulse to pray to the Father.
July 29 | 4 solutions to marriage conflict (part 2 of 2)
Excerpt: You see, the problems you are facing in your marriage are not uncommon (1 Cor 10:13). Nothing is new under the sun (Ecc 1:9). Whether you are married to someone who, as it turns out, has a anger problem, a spending problem, lust problem, depression/anxiety problem, a lack of faith problem, a problem in submission or a problem in leading, I guarantee you there is one to two couples in your life right now who “know what you mean”.