Winston answers the questions "What should I look for in a spouse?"
When fearful or anxious, we typically feel alone and think that God is silent, which is ironic given that he is just the opposite. In fact, Scripture—God’s communication to us—gushes with words and promises spoken to fearful and anxious people. Like a mother who keeps talking to her child during a long walk through a dark place in order to assure the child of her presence, so our Father says to us, “listen to my voice,” and he keeps talking and talking. Our
These are all tests.
- A woman wonders what would happen if she stopped calling someone from church. Would that person ever take the initiative to call her?
- A husband decides to stop saying “I love you” to his wife in order to discover how long it will take her to say, “I love you.”
- A woman who was meeting with her pastor at church for prayer and counsel now insists that the pastor meet her at her house. There is nothing sexual in
Ed Welch sits down and discusses the unpardonable sin.
To be depressed is to be entangled by death. That’s why I hate depression. Its victims have found themselves in death’s long shadow and there seems to be no escape. Pain, hopelessness, hellish torments, thoughts of suicide—these are the death rattles that inevitably accompany depression.
But depression never tells the entire story. It is, at least, myopic. It cannot see hope, so it claims that hope is absent, and it is wrong. Jesus has come and has conquered
Sometimes we at CCEF define ourselves by our goals. Our mission statement says that we are aiming to restore Christ to counseling and to restore counseling ministries to Christ’s churches. That’s a good goal. Other times we define ourselves by the things we do. We teach, counsel, speak, and write. Each of those ministries of the Word is important. But at the end of the day, I believe God
Rick Horne is the academic dean of The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI)—the training arm of World Impact. He is also the site coordinator of TUMI in Chester, PA and teaches in prisons and inner-city churches. Rick also serves as the secretary of CCEF’s Board of Trustees. He and his wife Betty are monthly donors.
We are delighted to share with you what Rick is doing with biblical counseling in an urban context. Over the past few years Rick has adapted one of our courses for
I have often thought that just one, brief, sensory-filled visitation from the Lord would be the most effective way for me to be changed. It could be accomplished in a minute or less and would, I think, inspire greater obedience, less wavering or dullness of faith, more vivid hope, and tireless evangelistic zeal. That doesn’t seem too much to ask.
I have also thought that it would be a fatherly kindness for God to be a little less veiled when his children are in dire