Uncover Your Image of God

Did you know that recent scientific research actually confirms that our beliefs about God change our brain circuits! When we worship the true God with our hearts it activates brain pathways and turns on higher brain regions that help us to become more like Jesus, more compassionate, wise, humble, and confident. But lower views of…

Gossip in Church Hurts

A pastor’s wife told me that she overheard an elder’s wife and a newcomer to the church gossiping about her. The elder’s wife said smugly, “We love our pastor, but his wife controls him. She told him to replace our women’s luncheons with Bible studies.” Gossip in church hurts. This was a knife that cut…

Security Guard, PhD? Blessed In Christ!

In 1989 right after I earned my Ph.D. in psychology, I lost most of my psychotherapy clients. For one reason or another they discontinued and new referrals were not coming in to replace them. I had spent eight years and over $100,000 on my education toward serving the Lord Jesus as a psychologist, and I…

One Thing for the New Year

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution?  Have you given up on doing that?  Perhaps in past years you’ve been through the cycle of optimism, trying hard, faltering, getting discouraged, and giving up. Indeed, most people who make a New Year’s Resolution have given up on their project by mid February.  Many people discard…

Holy! Hole-y! Whole-y!

I love to meditate on the Trinity! What sweet prayers come from contemplating the Godhead! Holy! Holy! Holy! Father, Son, and Spirit. God is so powerful, so beautiful, so good. He is God! And yet he is humble. To see God’s humility and sacrificial love changes everything about how we see ourselves and how we…

Praying For Physical or Emotional Healing

With Insights From Pastor Joe Johnson with Heart of the Father Ministries* Kristi and I were fortunate to receive instruction in healing and deliverance ministry in college. Many Christian pastors, counselors, and lay ministers today have not received this training and so they don’t know how to use the authority that Jesus gave them to pray…

Relationship Satisfaction Test

Are you happy with your relationship with your spouse or significant other? Do you know your relationship strengths and weaknesses? With this free 35 item Relationship Satisfaction Test we developed you can assess the health of your relationship. We’ve used this in counseling married and engaged couples. Our Relationship Satisfaction Test will assess your relationship in seven…

Live from the Center: Old Wisdom from Thomas Kelly for Today

Our lives today are cluttered and crowded. The list of responsibilities that we feel we must accomplish grows overnight like Jack’s beanstalk! We keep taking on more and more until before we know it we are bowed down with burdens, panting through a never-ending program of projects to complete, people to meet, and places to…

Transforming the Soul

We who are part of the ministry of Soul Shepherding love the soul! Our focus is to minster to the souls of pastors, leaders, and other servants of the Lord. So it’s very important to us to understand our souls and yours so that we can nurture them under God. “Transforming the Soul” is an updated version of…

Bible Verses on Perfectionism

Are there Bible verses on perfectionism? What does Scripture teach us about the problem of perfectionism? Over the years I’ve talked with many people who struggle with perfectionism. I myself have had problems with it. In my own life and as I have helped other in psychotherapy and spiritual mentoring I have found that God’s Word…