Why I Wrote “Christian Life Issues, Volumes 1 and 2 – An Exposition and Application of John Bunyan’s Description of the Christian Life as Found in his Book The Pilgrim’s Progress”

Wayne Mack

Wayne Mack

On occasion when people hear that I have written a two volume set of books entitled Christian Life Issues, Volume 1 and 2, based on the Bible and John Bunyan’s classic description of the Christian life, I’ve been asked to explain my purpose for writing these two volumes. My main purpose—as is true or should be true for every Christian in terms of whatever they do— is to magnify the Lord and help people see how glorious He is (1 Cor. 10:31; Rom. 11:36). But the question is, how can we do that? Continue reading

The Instant Gratification Trap in Counseling, Part 2

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

Delayed gratification does not come easily for most people. It is choosing to resist present comfort for long-term pleasure. The Christian life is a life of deferred gratification. Jesus teaches us to not store up treasures on earth, but to store up treasures in heaven (Matt. 6:19-21). Continue reading

The Instant Gratification Trap in Counseling, Part 1

Shannon Kay McCoy

Shannon Kay McCoy

We are born with a desire to gratify ourselves. We are driven by innate desires for food, water, sleep, shelter, fellowship, and communication. This is how civilization develops and progresses. Incredible inventions were created that have made life easier, such as the washing machine and the telephone. Instant gratification is not a new phenomenon. However, our expectation of “instant” is faster than ever. Continue reading

Three Essential Elements in the Change Process (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Lifestyle change for Christians is succinctly laid out in Ephesians 4:22–24: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Continue reading

Three Essential Elements in the Change Process (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This is the first of a two-part blog on elements of change in the Christian life. In this first installment Jeff Forrey introduces you to “Brock,” a middle-aged man who has been a Christian for about three years. Unwise choices in his life have created problems for him and have brought him to the point of recognizing change is needed. What does that look like for him as a follower of Christ? It certainly will be different from when he made changes in the past! Continue reading

Changing My Definition of Good

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Like everyone else, I consider myself a busy person. When I’m in the middle of a project, being interrupted to deal with a problem or concern from someone else tempts me to think, “I don’t need this right now.” I see the interruption as a bad thing, and I believe I am being taken away from doing more important work. Continue reading

Adelante! Adelante!

Kevin Hurt

Kevin Hurt

Three days before reaching the New World, the crew begged him to turn back, fearing if they went farther they couldn’t catch enough wind to return to Spain before running out of food and water. But Christopher Columbus had one word for his faltering men: Adelante! Adelante! — Onward! Onward! Continue reading

Maintaining “Sanity” in Your Ministry

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

For those called by the Lord into ministry—whether it’s vocational or volunteer—there are incredible opportunities to see God at work in the lives of His people. What other thrills in life can compare to someone seeing his need for Christ and surrendering himself to his Savior? Or what other thrills in life can compare to witnessing a Christian experience new freedom from a sin that had “so easily entangled” her? Rejoicing with the angels over such spiritual victories is phenomenal! Continue reading

Being Beautiful. . . in God’s Eyes

Lilly Park

Lilly Park

The desire to be beautiful may be a common element of human experience, but it’s unfulfilling when it becomes a primary life goal. The world is unrelenting in offering advice and methods, but which one is worth our time and money? As Christians, we need to remember what true beauty is, which can be defined by God alone. Continue reading

Harvesting Where I Didn’t Plant

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

As a counselor, it has often been my joy to watch people change and grow–and sometimes my sadness to see people remain stuck in habits of thinking and practice that lead to increasing hopelessness). In most of the situations where I get to watch those I counsel change and grow, others have been involved long before me, faithfully loving and walking alongside the person whom I now get to counsel. Continue reading