Overcoming Addiction: The Importance of Serving Others Mercifully

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

A key transformation principle for anyone seeking to overcome a life-dominating sin is seeking new ways to serve others. Matthew 22:37-40 is clear about loving God and loving others: “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.’” Continue reading

The Gospel for Extremists

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Have you had counselees who have blown it? By blown it I mean that after a period of success in battling her particular sin (e.g., anger, depression, sexual sin, an addictive pleasure) your counselee has a moment of weakness where she willfully chooses to love her sin more than her Savior. Continue reading

Doubts: Fatal or Futile?

Jonathan Holmes

Doubts - Fatal or Futile

As you move further and deeper into the human heart, doubts can become a bit more serious, stubborn, and chronic. They can be doubts about moving towards someone who has broken trust with you, or doubts regarding if God really and truly cares for you and is good. These types of doubts, spiritual in nature, have the ability to unmoor a person. Doubts like these often serve as the doorway towards deeper issues like depression, paralyzing fear, and chronic anxiety Continue reading