Category Archives: Discernment

Are you a wise and discerning person?

When I began ministry many years ago, a scene out of the life of Solomon greatly influenced me and became my prayer. Continue reading

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Three approaches to communication and leadership

Sometimes we’re not seeing the results we desire in relationships because we fail to recognize that different situations call for different approaches to communication and leadership. Continue reading

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Do positives conceal negatives?

The laid-back person turns out to be lazy. The playful person proves to be immature. The confident one turns out to be arrogant. Continue reading

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Don’t waste your ministry

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces” (Matthew 7:6). These are strong and difficult words … Continue reading

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Resolving conflicts among Christians

Jesus anticipated fractures in Christian fellowship. We should not be surprised by them but ready to seek reconciliation. Continue reading

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Responding to false accusations

Helpful advice for those facing false accusations. Continue reading

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Playing the divine lottery?

As a young boy, I struggled with why God allowed these things to happen to my mom and dad. As the oldest son, I was more aware of the difficulties but did not have the maturity to handle it. Throughout those years, I often prayed for God to intervene with a “BIG” solutions. Continue reading

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Top 5 Arguments against eternal punishment

Most people know that the Bible doesn’t describe a pleasant end for those who reject God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. But what type of judgment falls on them? Continue reading

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5 links to see (and a fun video)

4 thought-provoking articles. Continue reading

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A delusional euphoric state of stupidity

The danger in emotional love is that it can lead to a delusional euphoric state of stupidity. Have you ever been in the state of stupidity? Do you know anyone in one now? Continue reading

Posted in Broken Relationships, Choosing a mate, Conflict, Counseling, Dating, Discernment, Divorce, Divorce and Remarriage, Emotions, Engagement, Environmentalism, Love, Marriage, Relationships, Wisdom | Tagged , , , , , , | 3 Comments