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Intimacy

Looking at the dictionary, we see “intimacy” defined as close, familiar and usually affectionate or loving, personal relationships with another person or group. A quality or expression of familiarity, affection, love or passion. A sexually familiar act. The quality of affecting someone in a comfortably friendly or personally pleasing way. Privacy, especially the atmosphere of privacy suitable to the telling of a secret.

Topic: How to Become Free from Homosexuality

How to Resist Temptation

When dealing with homosexuality and other sexual addictions, one of the most important lessons is how to resist temptation. Most people who come to our ministry know they want to be free of this bondage, but the confounding reality is, if they have not worked their issues, they keep returning to the sin after they have repeatedly cried, prayed, fasted, read the Bible, put on the full armor of God, journalled, counseled and truly wanted to stop this sinful behavior. This can bring a person to many false conclusions: God does not care for He has turned a deaf ear to me.

Topic: How to Become Free from Homosexuality

Hope that Does Not Disappoint

Hope is the feeling that what is desired is possible and that events may turn out for the best. Or so says the dictionary. But the biblical concept of hope is far beyond this dim and sketchy definition of hope. The hope the Bible speaks of is robust and hearty, being rooted in putting our hope in the Word of God.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.
Psalm 130:5

Topic: How to Become Free from Homosexuality

God's Opposition to Homosexuality Part 4

In part three of this article we showed that homosexuality is an evil desire. The Bible speaks of homosexual behavior as an objective evil action, in itself repulsive to God no matter what form it takes and no matter how it is rationalized. The person with homosexual feelings is cautioned against identifying with them and saying, “Since I have these desires, I must be a homosexual by nature.” Homosexual desire, though evil, is not inborn and can be uprooted.

Topic: The Truth About Homosexuality

God's Opposition to Homosexuality Part 3

When the Bible speaks of evil desire it illustrates at least two important principles. First, the object or relationship that is craved (and/or practiced) is objectively evil. The thing for which the person pines is sinful in and of itself. Because a wicked man craves evil he shows no mercy to his neighbor (Prov. 21:10). Harshness, ruthlessness, insensitivity are his delight and goal, and he relates in such a way as to achieve them.

Topic: The Truth About Homosexuality

Evil Desires

We all have desires. Some of these desires are worthy, healthy and should be pursued. Some of these desires are unworthy, deadly and should be avoided. Some are sexual desires which can be very healthy, godly and bring blessing to us and the world. Other sexual desires are perverted and driven by evil. A desire is a strong feeling that drives us to attain or possess something which is, or we think is, within our reach. Evil is the absence of good, that which is sinful, vicious, corrupt, morally wrong and wicked.

Topic: How to Become Free from Homosexuality

Criticism

Criticism is the act of passing severe judgment or of censuring someone or finding fault. There is, of course, constructive criticism, which is intended to upbuild and strengthen by pointing out places that need improvement or work, to give realistic judgment of someone's work or character so hidden faults can be revealed and cleared up. But the criticism we are dealing with in this article pertains to the first definition--that of severe judgment, strong or vehement expression of disapproval, condemnation, rebuke, reprimand or blame.

Topic: Emotional Roots

Can a Christian be Demonically Opressed?

The born-again believer can have demonic oppression because while the spirit is totally made new by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the body and soul (the mind, will and emotions) are still being sanctified. "But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.

Topic: How to Become Free from Homosexuality

Bubbles on Broadway

You can see them floating all the way down the street, around the corner and a few make it to 9th Avenue. It’s those bubbles on Broadway emanating from the bubble machine—no, not from Lawrence Welk reruns, but from the LOVE Store, a place no one would want to miss. The machine is mounted outside and makes bubbles all day long to entice you into the LOVE Store with its irresistible allure.

Topic: Misc

Addicted to Acceptance

When a child is born into a family, there begins a discovery by the child of who he or she is. This discovery is done by relating to the mother and father during infancy and early childhood. If the parents pay attention to the baby, pray over the baby, speak to him or her, laugh and play with the baby and attend to the needs of the baby, the formation of the baby’s personhood can develop naturally. But if there are distractions, crises, dysfunction in the parents, inability to express love or give the baby what he or she needs, then the baby cannot grow and discover who he or she is.

Topic: How to Become Free from Homosexuality | The Truth About Homosexuality
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