Temptation isn’t talked about a lot anymore in church. In fact, we honestly don’t talk about sin a lot. And yet, this is something we need to talk about because it is woven into the very fabric of our lives. We may want to ignore it, but the fact is, we sin. We are sinners and we sin. Just because we don’t talk about it, doesn’t mean that the problem doesn’t exist.
I felt lost, and I desperately wanted God to show up. Instead, people appeared and gradually helped me toward the light. Only later did I realize that was how God shows up.
How can you help someone who needs you?
I’ve been working on a presentation for folks who are working in difficult areas of ministries. Since I’m a wheelchair user, I’m supposed to offer a seated perspective of things people have done that have been helpful and some that haven’t.
Here’s my list so far. Hopefully you’ll help me with something I’ve missed.
by Tim Keller
The Greek term “gospel” (ev-angelion) distinguished the Christian message from that of other religions. An ‘ev-angel’ was news of a great historical event, such as a victory in war or the ascension of a new king, that changed the listeners’ condition and required a response from the listener.So the gospel is news of what God has done to reach us.It is not advice about what we must do to reach God. What is this news? God has entered the world in Jesus Christ to achieve a salvation that we could not achieve for ourselves which now:
1) converts and transforms individuals, forming them into a new humanity, and eventually
2) will renew the whole world and all creation.
This is the ‘good news’—the gospel. And it is good news in three important ways.
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Obie-host: Good evening and welcome to the latest workshop hosted by Christians in Recovery. Tonight our guest speaker is Richard Nevard. He is the author of “Pornography and the Pulpit: Understanding the Sins of the Shepherd as a Means of Restoration”
Some schools actually instruct therapists not to “insert their own personalities” into the counseling process and discourage them from sharing anything at all about themselves with counselees. Yet. I believe that it is possible to maintain a balance between over-involvement and being so objective that those we work with never see our “human” side.
A. The benefits of “self-revelation” in the counseling process
There are many good reasons to share our own spiritual journeys with those we seek to help, especially if we ourselves have overcome an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
A Guide for Marriage and Family Therapists.
1) Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture. Never think of yourself as failing; never doubt the reality of the mental image. That is most dangerous, for the mind always tries to complete what it pictures. So always picture “success” no matter how badly things seem to be going at the moment.
2) Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal powers come to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out.