Reclaiming the HOLY of Christmas

Lucy Ann Moll

Lucy Ann Moll

Who stole the HOLY of Christmas? How can we Christians reclaim it? What changed in our hearts that many of us willingly trade the holy for jostling in store lines and for cyber-shopping? Piercing questions. Yet. . . Be encouraged that our … Continue reading

Restoring Peace in the Christian Home

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Two couples in very different stages of life. And yet both of them had one thing in common: Their homes were being ripped apart by conflict. My challenge, as their counselor, was to figure out ways to help each of them restore peace in their homes. Here are a couple of tools I’ve used to help couples like them. Continue reading

Advent Attitude Assessments: The Peace Assessment

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Do you (or your counselees) recognize the centrality of peace in the “calling you have received”? The saving of souls is meaningless if it does not promote the harmonization of hearts, because in God’s plan “there is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Continue reading

The Gospel of the Prince of Peace

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

2014 Anxiety Series--The Gospel of the Prince of Peace

While there are several Bible passages that could help us deal with anxiety, Hebrews 2: 10-18 leads us directly to Jesus, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 6: 6), for help. Here are six truths that can impart security and peace to us and our counselees. Continue reading

Picture Perfect: The Remedy (Part 3)

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Picture Perfect - The Remedy (Part 3)

A life ruled by our own desires and shaped by what the world tells us is perfection eventually becomes an exhausting life full of disappointment and frustration. In contrast, how radically different it is when the one true Lord rules our lives. When the true Lord rules our lives, we find that his rule is very different. In Matthew 11:28-30, this ruler invites you to come to him and have rest. Continue reading

Picture Perfect: The Root (Part 2)

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Picture Perfect - The Root (Part 2)

We’ve got to start asking questions, “What do I mean by perfect or right? Why do I want these things done perfectly? What makes perfection important to me? Where does God fit into all of this?” These won’t necessarily be easy questions to answer. Uncovering desires can often be difficult. Continue reading

Picture Perfect: The Problem (Part 1)

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Picture Perfect - The Problem (Part 1)

What creates the frustration and unhappiness that comes with perfectionism is what lies under the surface and drives these behaviors—the motives, beliefs, desires, fears, anxieties, and goals that live in and rule the heart and mind. These beliefs and desires interfere with loving relationships with God and others. Happily, our beloved Savior offers to rescue us from these passions that create so much tension in our lives, and offers us instead joy and peace that are given in such abundance that they overflow. Continue reading

Holiday Cursings

Venessa Ellen

For some women this holiday season is not as joyous. For these women jingle bells is just a bunch of noise, winter wonderland has turned into a mud slushy that they are responsible for cleaning. For these women, the dreams of staying up all night cooking and cleaning has turned into frustrating nightmares. Continue reading