Category Archives: Crisis

Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Suffering in silence

She finally gained the necessary courage to tell me a story that she had kept to herself until that point. Continue reading

Posted in 18 Year factor, Abuse, Anger, Anxiety, Change, Christian Counselor, Comfort, Counseling, Crisis, Fear, Grieving, Psychology, Relationships, Restoration, Sex, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault, Social work, Suffering, Suicide, Unresolved issues, Victory | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Alternatives to prison needed

We’ve created a serious and often overlooked national crisis in overcrowded prisons. The average citizen is unaware of how bad it is and of the growing tax burden it creates. Continue reading

Posted in Behavior, Citizenship, Crime, Crisis, Culture, Fathers, Government, Politics, Prison, Prison Ministry | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

When faith causes doubts

Some struggle with doubt but faith has often caused me to struggle. Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Addiction, Afraid to die, Anxiety, Assurance, Blaming religion, Blessed by God, Broken Relationships, Christian life, Christian worldview, Christianity, Comfort, Crisis, Depression, Despair, Doubt, Emotions, Encouragement, End Times, Eternal life, Evil in the world, Evil One, Failure, Faith, Fear, Glorify God, God's Patience, God's control, God's Heart, God's Love, God's power, God's Protection, God's Will, Gospel-centered, Grieving, Hope?, Life of a pastor, Mad at God, Origin of Sin, Pain, Patience, Personal thoughts, Prayer, Problem of evil, purpose, Questioning God, Religion-not the answer, Sadness, Sanctification, Sin, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Suicide, Theodicy, Tornado, Trials, Truth, Unbelief, Violence, Walking with God, Will of God, Wisdom, Worldview, Worry | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

When life hurts

When bad things happen to us that we cannot directly control and that prayer will not immediately change, we might find ourselves wrestling through dark nights of the soul concerning how God relates to the hardships of life. Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Bitterness, Broken Relationships, Christian worldview, Comfort, Crisis, Difficult people, Discipline, Discouragement, Divorce, Dysfunctional, Emotions, Evil in the world, God's control, God's Heart, God's Love, God's Protection, God's Will, Grace, Jealousy, Joseph's story, Pain, Problem of evil, Questioning God, Resurrection, Sadness, Seeking God, Sick, Slandered, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Trials, Wisdom | 1 Comment

Our only hope and those who receive it

Watching and reading the daily news gives the feeling that things are not getting better on the planet we call home.  Current conditions make me want to offer a simple prayer, “Dear God, things are not so good down here. I … Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Alcohol addiction, Anger, Change, Christianity, Counseling, Crisis, Culture, Depravity, Despair, Discouragement, Human depravity, Humanism, Reconciliation, Regeneration, Religion-not the answer, Repentance, Restoration, Salvation, Seeking God, Social work, Violence, Will of God, Wisdom, Worldview | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Overcrowded prisons in America

  There is a growing unnoticed social crisis in our nation that must be understood and addressed. With more citizens (per capita) incarcerated than any other nation, overcrowded prisons in America have become a social crisis. The prisons and local … Continue reading

Posted in Church, Church and State, Church Leadership, Courts, Crisis, Culture, Family life, Fathers, Government, Law, Local Church, Missions, Prison, Prison Ministry, Social work, Wisdom | Leave a comment

Paradoxical beings searching for paradise

When we look at the world with all of its problems, at the evil that fills the world, it’s easy for us to ask why God doesn’t do something about it. We look for answers, and solutions, and even become … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Afterlife, All religions the same?, Anthropology, Apologetics, Bible, Bible from God, Christian worldview, Christianity, Creation, Crisis, Culture, Death, Depravity, Despair, Ethics, Evil in the world, Faith, Mad at God, Origin of Sin, Pain, Questioning God, Restoration, Science, Wisdom, Worldview | 1 Comment

Where glory meets my suffering

You can experience the place where the hurt and the Healer collide by meeting with “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles” (II Corinthians 1:3-4). Continue reading

Posted in Addiction, Afraid to die, Afterlife, Anxiety, Assurance, Blessed are those who mourn, Broken Relationships, Change, Christian life, Christian worldview, Christianity, Comfort, Crisis, Death, Depression, Despair, Devotions, Discouragement, Drug addiction, Emotions, Encouragement, Eschatology, Eternal life, Eternal security, Evil in the world, Fear, Fear of death, God's Heart, God's Protection, Gospel, Grace, Heaven, Hope?, Joy, Meaning of life, Mercy, Pain, Peace, Personal devotions, Personal thoughts, Poor in spirit, Praise, Prayer, Problem of evil, Prodigal son, Promises of Bible, Prophecy, Questioning God, Restoration, Resurrection, Salvation, Security of salvation, Spiritual growth, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Trials, Video, Violence, Walking with God, Worldview, Worship | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Should married couples separate?

When I began ministry (35 years ago), I never would have imagined advising a married couple to separate. I would have understood such a need in cases involving danger, but I never thought much beyond this scenario. Gradually, I encountered individuals dealing with mates… Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Accountability, Addiction, Alcohol addiction, Anger, Bitterness, Broken Relationships, Church Leadership, Communication, Conflict, Confrontation, Counseling, Crisis, Divorce, Divorce and Remarriage, Guidelines for marriage decision, Hope?, Leadership, Marital Separation, Marriage, Reconciliation, Restoration, Structured Separation | 5 Comments