Dynamics of Biblical Change

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Dynamics of Biblical ChangePracticing new habits is the most important part of the dynamics of biblical change. If we don’t practice a new habit, we don’t change. What we are trying to change into can be described as the righteousness of God.

Matthew 5:6 says Continue Reading »

Sex Offender Facts

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Sex Offender fact

One disturbing thing about living in the sexualized society in the 21st century is that sexual sin may lead to committing a sexual crime. When a person is adjudicated by the legal system for some of these types of offenses, the individual may be required to register on their state sex offender registry. Many of these people will grace the doors of churches in their area. Continue Reading »

Sex offenders and Sex Addicts

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Sex Addict

Whenever we hear about sexual addiction we think of pedophiles. We think that anyone who has a sex addiction wants to have sex with children. Nothing could be further from the truth.

First of all there are very few people who struggle with sexual addictions that are actually sex offenders. Not all sex offenders are predators. Not all sex offenders are child molesters. Not all sex offenders are pedophiles. Continue Reading »

Ministry to Sex offenders

Friday, March 6th, 2015
Ministry to sex offenders

It has been estimated that there are about 750,000 registered sex offenders in the US today.

There are six registered sex offenders in Brownfield, Maine alone. This is a really small town I live in.

There has been an increase in alleged sex abuse in the church. Every year we hear about some accusation or conviction of sexual abuse by a church official. The problem is very real and needs to be addressed.

If a registered sex offender has not come into your church they soon will.

The Problem with ministry to sex offenders

The sex offender laws in this country are based on only 1 % of the total number of cases that are considered sex offenses, but affects 100 % of the cases. The one percent I am talking about are cases involving abduction, sexual assault and murder. Continue Reading »

Sexual Purity – Sexual Sin healing

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
purity

One look at TV, movies or the internet today and you are met with the stark reality that we live in a sexualized society.

Not too long ago the so called family hour (from 8-9PM) was guarded by all the networks as a time for TV programs that are appropriate for a four year old or a forty year old father or mother of that four year old.

Today we may be treated with Continue Reading »

Grief counseling – healing and comfort

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Grief

Recently there have been many people in my life who have lost a loved one. One man’s mother passed away after months of physical suffering. Her heart finally stopped working.

During this time he was distracted by anxious thoughts of losing his mother, frustrated by the doctor’s inability to do anything Continue Reading »

Is addiction a sin or disease or both?

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
The Addiction Cycle

Addiction seems to be a very popular thing to talk about today. Fifty years ago the only addiction that people considered was to alcohol.

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 as the outcome of a meeting between Bill W., a New York stockbroker, and Dr. Bob S., an Akron surgeon. Continue Reading »

Are you struggling with same sex attraction?

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Unwanted Same Sex Attraction

The church and every Christian today is faced with a difficult decision. When we are confronted with a fellow church member who struggles with same sex attraction how should we respond?

Should we offer encouragement? Should we tell them to seek counseling? Should we avoid the subject Continue Reading »

Is masturbation a sin?

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
Is masturbation sinful?

We live in a sexualized culture with an attitude of do whatever feels good which is encouraged in all forms of media such as TV, movies, Magazines (Think Cosmo) and of course the internet.

We grow up being encouraged to experiment with sexuality in order to find our sexual identity. In public schools our children are taught how to masturbate, among many other so called sexual choices.

For some reason, the Church has never found it easy to talk about sex. Continue Reading »

Self Esteem

Monday, January 5th, 2015

What is self esteem?

Most people have a feeling about themselves that is based on the circumstances they find themselves in at any given moment. Most people would define self esteem as how they feel about themselves. It is usually thought of as a combination between the successes and failures a person has in their life. Psychologists refer to self esteem as what reflects a person’s overall self-appraisal of their own worth.

Years of psychological research and postulations have led to a field of study in ways to improve self esteem. School systems have been modified to build self esteem. Sports leagues have modified their rules to build self esteem among their younger participants. In a community nearby where I live there are no winners or losers of these sporting events. There is no score. There is no idea of how the game is supposed to be played. There is no desire to improve. To improve would mean there is something wrong with what they are doing to begin with.

What is the problem?

The problem with the years of research is that we have built a generation of people who feel good about themselves but are not performing well in life. There was a research project run a few years ago where school children in several countries including the United States were asked to take a math test. After the test was one last question. How do you feel you did on this test?

The children from the U.S. scored lowest on the test, but highest on how they felt about how they did. The Korean children did the best on the test and the worst on how they felt they did. Continue Reading »