The Holy Spirit’s Role in Addiction Recovery

March 18, 2006

One question I have never gotten a satisfying answer to is “How does one person revolutionize and set his life straight while another person working the same twelve steps in the same group goes flat?” The answer, I think, is a spiritual one and has something to do with my observations about human nature in general and some addicts in particular. Read the rest of this entry »

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Procrastination

March 18, 2006

No one procrastinates in all areas. Most of us procrastinate in some areas. Some of those areas are insignificant; others are disastrous. For example, putting off cleaning the garage may be rather insignificant, but delay in making a mortgage payment could have more far-reaching negative consequences. Read the rest of this entry »


Reconciling a Marriage After an Affair

March 18, 2006

Seven issues of concern to the therapist working toward the reconciliation of a marriage torn by an affair are discussed. They include (1) options for the marriage, (2) ensuring closure of the affair, (3) trust, (4) amount of disclosure by the offender – the term used here to refer to the unfaithful partner, (5) forgiveness, (6) individual issues, and (7) renewing physical intimacy. God’s high view of marriage is set forth as motivation for the Christian therapist to favor reconciliation over other options for the marriage. Read the rest of this entry »


Forgiveness: What it isn’t and how to do it

March 18, 2006

In taking revenge, a man is equal to his enemy; in forgiving, he is superior. While vengeance may feel more satisfying to a person’s sense of justice and power, forgiveness elevates that person to a higher level of freedom, grace, maturity and healthy living. Read the rest of this entry »


Christianity, Morality, and Counseling

March 18, 2006

This is an age of relativism. You hear, “Truth is whatever you perceive it to be.” Or “What is true for me is not necessarily true for you.” Or, “There is no truth beyond what we ourselves perceive.” While, in many ways you and I may see the same event in two different ways (i.e. two personal truths) , there is absolutely truth that does not depend on our perception for its reality. Read the rest of this entry »