Friday Funny: Did you read it?

I know nothing about this show.  My only awareness of it is through this clip from YouTube.  But it is in my top two favorite internet videos (the other one is Bob Newhart’s counseling method). What makes this so good is that along with the humor it also makes an important point about our reading […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from the last week: Chad Hall identifies “Three Reasons We Should Not Share the Gospel” — insecurity, arrogance, and narcissism. “What do all of these poor motivations have in common?  Each one places the needs and interests of the evangelist ahead of the needs and interests of the other.  Evangelism should always […]

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Greet my friends

Romans 16 is a dreaded public Scripture reading for any young seminary student or pastoral intern.  I know — I was asked to do that reading by my pastor as a first or second-year seminarian, and I poured over my Bible and Greek New Testament for much too long, attempting to sort out the correct […]

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An encouraging word

“…that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company.” (Rom. 15:32; NASB) As a boy, Larry Crabb stuttered. Now a speaker, writer, and counselor, Dr. Crabb recalls an incident in the church he attended as a young man. Young men in that church were […]

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When in doubt…

I was probably about 10 years old.  I’d gone to the store with my folks, and I wandered off to find something of interest to me.  Following my norm at that time, I found the baseball cards and books.  Not only did they have baseball cards, but they had a clear-pack strip that contained the […]

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God has spoken

Reflecting on Psalm 108:7, Charles Spurgeon wrote the following: THERE is an old promise, concerning God’s people, which says, “Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” This text is one of the instances in which the Lord has dealt with his saints upon the lines of that […]

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How to pray for your pastor

Have you ever wondered about how to pray for your pastor?  Have you pondered, “What are the needs he has and what would be most beneficial for me to pray for him?” The apostle Paul’s requests for the prayers of the churches for him are fitting places to start (see Eph. 6:19-20; Col. 4:3-4 as […]

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Thinking with sound judgment

A few years ago Money magazine reported that, “When researchers at Duke, Harvard, and Northwestern asked investors how their mutual funds performed last year compared with Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index, a third claimed their funds outperformed the market by at least 5 percent.  One in six said their funds fared better by more than […]

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All things are from Him…

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36; NASB) A few years ago, popular author John Gray (Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus) released a new book: How to Get What You Want and Want What You Have.  His thesis?  […]

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Discipleship Conference

This fall, our church will again be hosting our Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Conference. This conference will be held over three weekends in the months of September (21-22), October (12-13), and November (9-10). This conference fulfills the basic training requirement for becoming a certified counselor through NANC (currently, we are still the only training center […]

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