Counselors Corner

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?

Wednesday, 10 October 2012 21:47

Advice for In-Law Relationships

Written by Pamela Boswell

 

Have you ever had a conflict with your mate because of the way that one of you was relating to your parents or in-laws?

Have either of you ever thought that your mate was more devoted to and concerned about his or her parents than about you?*

You are not alone.

 

Wednesday, 05 September 2012 20:45

The Role Deception Plays in Promoting Sin

Written by Brenda Payne

Sin is the ultimate cause of all the misery in our lives. Charles Spurgeon preached, “All manner of evils draw their bitterness from this fountain of wormwood and gall. If a man had every possession a mortal could desire, sin could turn every blessing into a curse. And, on the other hand, if a man had nothing for his inheritance but suffering and stood clear from all sin, his afflictions, his losses, his deprivations might each one be a gain to him. We ought not to pray so much against sickness, or trial, or temptation, or even against death itself, as against sin!”

Saturday, 04 August 2012 16:13

Connecting the Dots Between Sin and Misery

Written by Lou Priolo

People do not always appreciate the fact that the pain they experience is often due to acting or thinking in ways that are out of harmony with Scripture. As a Christian, therefore, you must understand the relationship between sin and misery.

Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:39

Daily Forgiving

Written by Pamela Boswell

Is there someone you know who makes your heart beat faster, your breath shorter, your throat tighter or your stomach more acidic every time you see or think of them? If so, there is a very good chance that you have been offended and have not granted that person forgiveness.

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