So today, I’m going to deal with this common question:
1) Whose Fault Is It?
One of the most common traps in marriage is the Blame Game. And man, once you get on that cycle, it will never stop spinning. To oversimplify, he stops giving attention, she gets resentful and stops giving sex. He feels sexually shut out, so he shuts down. She has a shut down husband which infuriates her, because she so hungrily wants to connect. And ’round and ’round we go. Continue reading “Blog: What Happened to My Marriage – Part 3”
This information was originally published as a response to The Peaceful Wife/April Cassidy’s Blog Post entitled, I Feel So Spiritually Alone in my Marriage, but I wanted to repost it as a standalone post here, because this is a question I get asked all the time. Why, exactly, do married men make such a focused effort to resist counseling if the marriage is in trouble? Here’s why:
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The seventh and final pillar of an effective church? Discipleship.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
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The fifth pillar of an effective church? Healing & Deliverance.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
25 Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. And the number of the skilled men performing their service was: 2 Of the sons of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asharelah;the sons of Asaph were under the direction of Asaph, who prophesied according to the order of the king. Continue reading “Blog: Seven Pillars of an Effective Church – Part 4”
Part 3 today concerns Anointed Preaching. The best of example of what I’m talking about is found in Peter’s inaugural address on the Day of Pentecost, found in Acts 2:14-42(NLT):
14 Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this.15 These people are not drunk, as some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early for that.16 No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
The second pillar of an effective church is finances. It amazes me how controversial this truth is. You cannot build anything in this world without financial resources. That just does not happen. And scripture speaks to the truth of Jesus’ relationship to finances.