THREE ESSENTIAL TRUTHS TO REMEMBER WHEN SOMEONE REJECTS YOUR COUNSEL

Colin Mattoon

Colin Mattoon

One of the most difficult issues you may face in formal or informal counseling situations is a lack of teachability in the person whom you are trying to help. When a counselee is resistant or unwilling to receive your input, it can be a frustrating, disappointing, and even heartbreaking experience. Unfortunately, all pastors and counselors will face this issue sooner or later with individuals they disciple and/or counsel. Continue reading

Transforming Our Friendships

Colin Mattoon

Colin Mattoon

One area of life that Christians often don’t realize they are conformed and in need of transformation is their friendships. Friendship is the most important—but least talked about—subject in the church. Every hour of every day is affected by our friendships. Continue reading

Moving Beyond “God won’t give you more than you can handle”

Colin Mattoon

Colin Mattoon

If you have been a Christian for longer than a month, then I’m sure you have heard someone say, “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” I’ve heard pastors, biblical counselors, and many other Christians make this comment. It’s a common saying in many Christian circles. We need to think critically about this statement though, and turn to the Bible to see if this saying is true or false. Continue reading

4 Things Not to Say to Hurting People

Colin Mattoon

Colin Mattoon

4 Things Not to Say to Hurting People

If you are a Christian who has faced suffering in your life, then you have probably encountered a fellow Christian who wanted to provide comfort and help to you. Some of them were probably helpful, while others…not so much. Most people, including myself, have said things that are unhelpful and have made things worse for brothers and sisters who are suffering. Here are 4 things not to say to people who are hurting. Continue reading