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I do a fair volume of relationship and family counseling; husbands and wives, parents and children, a married couple and one set of their in-laws—you name it, I’ve probably engaged in some variation of it. These are often quite painful. And, living in a world that is consistently telling us we are entitled to our own way, only further complicates these unpleasant dialogues. I have watched too many families self-destruct.
The loss of transparency in the church is a loss of vital power in the community. Transparency can be the first step in reviving the effectiveness of the church.
One of the more painful problems parents endure is when they think their teen or young adult decided for Jesus in their youth but now are deconstructing their faith.
Through acceptance, great change is possible. The first change comes in the form of theological
alignment. You are following the example of Jesus, by not resisting pain but accepting that God
is doing something uncomfortable in your life.
If we don’t have empathy we mentally, “check-out” and go about our own lives, yet there’s the reality of suffrage of real people dealing with real struggle in their heart wounds of abandonment that crushes their souls.
Communication is one of the most common presenting issues in marriage counseling. Do you suppose the couple does not know how to communicate, or is it that they communicate in ways that tear down rather than build up?
Pornography is a touchy subject in many churches and Christian marriages. Thus, it should not shock us that it will be touchy in this blog as well. While there are many directions I could take with this, I’d like to open by outlining a few “porn facts” to orient our minds toward the reality of its cultural prevalence.
All sinful anger is hard to fight. I realize too, the older I get, the more I self-justify my own pseudo-anger problems. As John Piper said in Desiring God so well, “One of the most difficult battles of the Christian life is not to be angry when you’re not supposed to be angry.”
The child must learn what they did wrong and why. Jesus understood the inner person of us all. He was teaching his disciples that the heart is the control central center of life and the why we do what we do is as essential as the what.
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