Praying for the Grace of Repentance

Recently I was amazed at our persecuted brothers and sisters in Egypt who were praying for the evildoers that sought to murder them. These Christians understood that evildoers can take their life but not their living hope in Christ Jesus (, ). One persecuted leader, Fr. Boules George, explained that his prayer for his enemies was in faithful obedience to scripture.… Read More »

Waiting on the Lord

In the Christian life, we are often called to the business of waiting on the Lord. Some waits are shorter, like waiting for a child to recover from a cold. Other waits can last decades, like waiting for a spouse to change. Learning to wait well is an important discipline of grace that we should strive to… Read More »

What God Taught Me About Himself Through My Divorce

As those closest to me already know, my story has been marked with suffering as I faced the death of my marriage. Yet, through it all, I found myself being held and sustained by my Lord. His grace has been sufficient for me. As Joni Eareckson Tada expressed through her own suffering, “There is nothing more sweet than finding Jesus right… Read More »

Winston Smith – Emotions and Relationships (#CCEF16 Main Session 5)

“Emotions help us to enter into the lives of and connect with others.” Winston Smith presented on the topic of emotions and relationships. He explained that emotions are like a passport into the lives of others. “Emotions help us to enter into the lives of and connect with others.” So we don’t just know about them,… Read More »

Winston Smith – Feeling Bad about Feeling Bad? (#CCEF16 Main Session 1)

Our negative emotions are designed to deepen our relationship with Christ and to each other. Winston Smith opened the 2016 CCEF conference by focusing our attention on so called “negative” emotions.  Consider anger, sadness, grief, anxiety, or stress. Winston asked us if we ever felt bad about feeling bad. “Do you ever feel bad about… Read More »

CCEF 2016: Emotions – Main Session Summaries

For those of you who missed #CCEF16, or this year’s Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation Conference, below are summaries of the main sessions. This year’s theme was “Emotions: Engaging the Expressions of the Heart.” I hope these concise summaries will be a blessing to you. You may purchase the conference audio directly from CCEF here. Winston Smith – General Session… Read More »