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Friday, 04 October 2013 14:48

Wives, Do You Pray?

Written by Brenda Payne, Eastwood Counseling Center

“If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.”

 

Friday, 06 September 2013 12:06

Eat All You Want

Written by Pamela Boswell, Eastwood Counseling Center

Are you hungry? Have you tried ‘munching’ on several things but just don’t seem satisfied? Do you find yourself stopping and reading ads that say “eat all you want and still lose weight?” Maybe it’s not your body that’s starving; maybe it’s your soul. “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things” (Psalm 107:9).

Saturday, 03 August 2013 12:38

Good News!

Written by Lou Priolo, Eastwood Counseling Center

 

Many people believe that getting to heaven is accomplished by doing good things and relatively few bad things. The truth is, however, that even one sin is enough to keep you out of heaven. It really doesn’t matter how much good you do, any sin—regardless of how great or small—is enough to keep you out of heaven and send you straight to hell.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 15:15

Quit Complaining!

Written by Brenda Payne, Eastwood Counseling Center

The text for my devotional was very familiar. In fact, I had taught it to my children as soon as they were old enough to protest. We even memorized the verse with the aid of a catchy tune by Steve Green. Philippians 2:14-16 says, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.”

It is often said that it is love that makes the world go round. But love is only one of many emotions that can lead us into action. For example, fear, anger, delight and sorrow can be powerful motivating emotions as well. Rarely do people come to counseling unless they are troubled by a powerful emotion.

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:38

Where’s Your Treasure?

Written by Lou Priolo

 

I’d like you to think for a moment about the rewards that await you in eternity as a follower of Jesus Christ. We are exhorted in many places to fix our minds on heaven.

 

If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1–2)

Monday, 08 April 2013 11:21

The Ministry of Comfort

Written by Brenda Payne

 

Are you suffering? Does your current trouble have you feeling confined, restricted, without options and with no way of escape? While suffering is painful, it produces a precious opportunity to know the comfort of God. We never discover the depth of God’s compassion until we get in a place where we need God’s compassion desperately. The apostle Paul wrote that God “comforts us in all our afflictions” (2 Cor. 1:4).  In writing to the church at Corinth, Paul relayed a harrowing trial he had recently encountered, “For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired for life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death” (2 Cor. 1: 8-9). Have you ever experienced an affliction so great you did not think you would make it through? Have you called out to God in desperation for deliverance?  Paul did not want the Christians in Corinth to be ignorant about the “abundant” trials they would face, but more importantly he did not want them to be ignorant about God’s “abundant” comfort in adversity for His beloved children (2 Cor. 1:5).

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 14:39

A Valid Reason for Hope

Written by Pamela Boswell

 

In the counseling office we often encounter people with hopeless thoughts. As we face disappointments, losses, and fatigue in our day to day lives, we may occasionally lose sight of hope. It’s a miserable condition to be in, but one that “is common to man.” In Psalm 6:6 the writer said, “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood my bed with tears; I drench my couch with my weeping.” Sounds wretched doesn’t it?

Friday, 08 February 2013 15:43

The Contentious “Man”

Written by Lou Priolo

 

The book of Proverbs identifies several types of individuals who are especially prone to mishandling conflict. (The common denominator in the life of these individuals is several Hebrew words generally rendered as strife or contention.) When an individual continually gives himself over to a particular sin, he eventually becomes bound by that sin. At some point the individual may rightly be categorized according to the name of the sin that he allowed to master him.  

Monday, 14 January 2013 16:59

Counseling from the Life of Joseph

Written by Brenda Payne

 

As a counselor, I often meet with troubled people. Sometimes, the difficulties they face are a result of their own sinful choices. In such cases it is necessary to call them to repentance and obedience.  But other times, the women I counsel are living uprightly yet facing misery at the hands of sinful people (or circumstances beyond their control). She may be a respectful and submissive wife whose husband is increasingly difficult to live with. She may be a godly single woman whose prospects for a husband are growing grim. Or, it could be a mom who has given her life to the biblical instruction of her children only to face a rebellious teenager. It is one thing to suffer as a result of our own sin, but what if we are “playing by the rules” and still suffer?  We tend to operate under the assumption that if we are “good” than God owes us: He will reward us with good or at least keep us from harm. How are we to view things when even in our obedience we are assaulted with misery and misfortune?

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