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He Restores My Soul     I chanced upon a verse I first memorized for Confirmation classes years ago.  Interestingly with hermeneutics, I suddenly questioned what ‘restores’ meant in the 23rd Psalm.  Checking several reverences I found different interpretations, but ultimately my conclusion is that God leads our hearts toward peace as we begin to focus on Him.   Focusing on Him refreshes our souls and leads us back to where we were before sin.  As David wrote this Psalm, he must have been...
Forgiveness. Hard To Do. My client was struggling with forgiveness.  “I didn’t want to forgive.  The person never asked for forgiveness, wasn’t really sorry, they meant to do it and if forgiven I might have to be nice to them.”  Of course, this is why God really shouldn’t forgive us either.  Why should He?  He is sovereign and gave us free will to follow Him.  Its our job to lead a life free of sin not His.  Right? Forgiveness is one of the...
Cassini Mission and God Did God Create Earth for Us? The Cassini Project will be coming to an end today as the space probe crashes into Saturn.  I was thinking about what all of our space probes and moon landings have discovered out there in the cold and dark universe and the intention of God.  After billions of dollars we have lots of pictures of rocks.  Certainly, based on the extensive space program, scientists and other industries have produced new products such as...
Worry: Thinking Like Jesus... Worry alternative. Christian Hope Counseling. -Rev. Dr. Craig A. Brewick.  916-769-4673   Thinking like Jesus:  Peace instead of worry. Jesus offers salvation.  Of course, that is at the end of our lives.  In between birth and ‘right now’ there is life and problems to solve.  Sometimes those problems are overwhelming to the point of extraordinary worry.  Worry is the intellectual thought that something in our future will go badly.  Anxiety, the feeling of fear, is the emotion that follows...
Our Role in the Treatment of Animals on the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi... Treatment of Animals   October 4th is the birthday of St. Francis of Assisi.  Born in Italy, he has become associated with causes in the treatment of animals and the environment.  In fact, in 1979 Pope John Paul II declared Saint Francis the Patron Saint of Ecology. Around this time many churches celebrate St. Francis with the Blessing of the Animals services.  People in the neighborhoods bring their pets to the church and the animals are blessed by the pastor....
Is God Answering Prayer? Look More Deeply You May Find the Answer... Answering your prayer Recently a client was telling me that that she still has anger toward  God because He wasn’t answering her prayer as she went through a divorce.  She remembered that God ‘told her’ to leave the house three years after she discovered her husband had been continuously unfaithful.  Afterwards, she kept calling for God to help her have the strength to get through all the muck that a divorce brings.  God was silent, She said, “I haven’t...
Why I Begin a Counseling Session with Prayer... Prayer To Begin A Counseling Session I begin with a prayer before every counseling session.  I also close with prayer.  The reason I open with prayer is to bring the Holy Spirit into the session.  I specifically request in my prayer that God share His mind with us. (1 Corinthians 2:16 “…for we have the mind of Christ.” I believe that when we pray for the mind of Christ He commingles His vast and unlimited wisdom with our everyday...
WHAT IS THE HIGHEST GOAL IN LIFE?... Money?  Power?  Looks? No.  Our highest goal in life is to imitate Jesus.   It requires us to walk, think, pray, entreat, speak, love, believe…to act in every way as Jesus did.  All we know, understand, believe and do about the truths of the Bible must come together into patterns of living that become habitual.  These new habits must break into and replace the pattern of old, dead habits that reflect the carnal or unredeemed state of our being....
REFRAMING GOD REFRAMING GOD   How do we respond to God?  Is He loving and all powerful, angry, loving, unjust, silent?  It depends how you frame Him.  As a people, we tend to frame people, places and events through our filters.  This includes God.    If our frame of God is negative then we will have a negative outlook on things that go badly for us.  We can blame Him.  We will ask questions such as “Why does God allow this to...
Getting Out of God’s Way... Overcoming issues is more than likely overcoming ourselves. Overcoming ourselves, as a Christian, means getting out of God’s Way.   Now, is this us?: Okay God I’ll do my thing and you do your thing. I will just let you take care of everything. I’ll ignore you and you just come into my life when you feel like it an make course corrections. I’ll then have a smooth life and problem-free.   Well, not exactly. We have to do...

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