January 2, 2022 @ 8:00 PM

(This insightful article by Elsie is a reprise from 2016 that is just as relevant today)

When people come for counseling, there is typically a Presenting Problem. I usually ask something like, “What brings you to counseling at this time?” or “How can I help?” Often, though, when I meet with a person for the first time, they just start talking and tell me what their problem is even before I ask. Sometimes the presenting problem is not the real problem but rather a symptom of the real problem. Even so, the presenting problem gets the counseling process started. Just as there is a reason that brings a person to counseling, there is also an expectation or hope that counseling will solve their problem or at least make ...

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January 2, 2022 @ 8:00 PM

When I graduated from seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree I pretty much thought I knew about as much about Christianity and the Bible as there was to be known. After all, I had spent three years studying at the feet of world class scholars, how could I not be ready to lead the church of the Living God? In case I need to tell you, that is called arrogance and even delusion. Shortly after graduation, Elsie and I received a phone call from my pastor in Yuba City, California. He called asking if I had finished seminary and would I consider returning to Grace Baptist Church in Yuba City to serve as his associate pastor. With much prayer and some discussion on finances, both Elsie and I felt God was leading in this and agreed to move to ...

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January 2, 2022 @ 8:00 PM

We live in a stressful, anxiety-producing world. Between soaring gas prices, supply chain blockages, illegal immigrants flooding our southern border, a pandemic which morphs into variants, infiltration of Critical Race Theory into our schools and universities, sexual identity battles, cancel culture, and a multi-trillion dollar federal budget, it’s enough to keep you awake at night!

So what’s the answer? It isn’t political nor is it economic nor is it religious. Good and noble as those may be, none of them can solve the issue of worry. So who can? God!  God alone can solve the insolvable. He can work miracles. He is the God of the supernatural but we have systematically eliminated God from our daily lives. Church ...

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January 2, 2022 @ 8:00 PM

Introduction

We now approach the single most frightening topic in the Bible, the Great White Throne Judgment. It is frightening because all the unsaved on earth will stand judgment before the Righteous Judge of all the Universe. There is no plea bargaining. There is no commutation of sentencing. There is no parole. There is only just and righteous judgment, sentencing, and punishment. Let’s talk about it.

I.  What is the Great White Throne Judgment, who will be the judge, who will stand in judgment, what is the criterion of judgment, what is the purpose of it, and what is the fate of those found guilty?

  1. The Great White Throne Judgment – Following the Millennium, the Bible declares that Satan will be released from his ...
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December 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

On Christmas morning in 1863 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sat at the bedside of his son Charlie in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Charlie, a young lieutenant in the Union Army, had been seriously injured in a battle during the Civil War. As a writer, Longfellow did the only thing he knew to do at such a time of personal and national despair. He began writing a poem which would be later set to music. Longfellow wrote the words of the famous Christmas Carol, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” The irony of that moment was striking. The sound of the happy and beautiful Christmas bells was in direct contrast to the pain and misery of his wounded son and the tragedy of an ugly war between the states. The young men of the North fighting ...

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December 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

9 Christmas Legends and the Truths from the Bible

1. The Bible Says That Jesus Was Born On December 25th

It’s the age-old question, “Is December 25th Jesus’ birthday?” The answer is that we really don’t know when His actual birthday was. The Bible doesn’t tell us an exact date. So, it begs the question, “How did Christmas land on December 25th”? Some historians believe that it was a Christian reaction to a Roman pagan holiday, while others believe the date is a response to the traditional date of Jesus’ crucifixion in March. Honestly, we don’t really know when Jesus was born, however, two things are certain – Jesus was born of a virgin, and the Bible doesn’t give us ...

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December 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

In Greek mythology, the god Atlas is one of the Titans, a band of gods with superhuman strength and size. The ship Titanic, a massive ocean liner supposedly unsinkable, was named after the Titans. I digress, back to Atlas. Atlas lost his position when he was overthrown by the chief Greek god, Zeus, and compelled to carry the heavens on his shoulders. Atlas is always pictured as a man stooped over with an enormous boulder on his shoulders. The weight of the heavens is staggering and Atlas can barely carry it.

Why am I writing about Greek mythology and Atlas? There are many walking among us with what I call the Atlas Complex. They seem to be carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. The problems in their lives are so heavy that ...

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December 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

Fear is a powerful force in our lives. It causes us to lie, deny, become passive when we should be active, grow silent when we should speak up. Fear is powerful! Is all fear bad? No. God gave us the emotion to protect us from danger. When facing a lion we should be afraid. Fear is a “survival instinct.” Having said that, most of our fear is self-protective fear. It is sinful fear.

Let me focus on several of the sinful manifestations of fear. Take lying. Why do people lie? What motivates them? Fear of consequences if the truth were known. Why do people shift blame onto others? Fear of what might happen to them if they own what they’ve done or said. Why do couples refuse to back down in an argument? Fear of looking weak or ...

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December 1, 2021 @ 8:00 AM

The Millennium

Introduction

We have covered a lot of ground in this End Times series! We have looked at the events happening on earth before, during, and after the Great Tribulation. We have looked at events happening in heaven during the Great Tribulation. Now, following the Battle of Armageddon we are back on earth with our King, Jesus Christ, and ready to rule with Him for 1000 years. It will be a rule of absolute peace and tranquility. The lion will lie down with the lamb and a little child will play with vipers. Let’s learn more about this idyllic time on earth.

I.  What is the Millennium and what are its characteristics?

  1. Millennium comes from two Latin words – “mille” meaning 1,000 and “annum&...
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November 1, 2021 @ 9:00 AM

When people come for counseling, we first need to identify the presenting problem. Why did they come for help? It might be a current problem, an issue they have lived with for a long time, or perhaps an issue from the past that has recently come to the surface. We need to ask a lot of questions. Sometimes it takes a while to get to the main issue and sometimes what they identify as the presenting problem is only a surface problem or more of a symptom of the deeper concern. It might have been stuffed and repressed for years. The two primary areas where hidden issues seem to surface often pertain to occupations and relationships. As long as relationships stay superficial and worldviews do not collide, there is little cause for conflict. The ...

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