For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:14-21
This last Monday I kept the appointment I had made two weeks ago after I made a random outreach phone call to a local tent encampment. I wanted to do Case Management work and so I thought I might volunteer at a tent city, some would call the “Hilton for the Homeless” on Lake Washington’s “East Side” outside of Seattle.
The meeting started at 7:00 pm and I was invited in to say a few words about why I was visiting and what I proposed. I want a job doing case management again due to a job that’s ending at the end of February or thereabouts.
I hadn’t worked as a case manager in a lot of years and so I thought I offer my services to be a volunteer case manager for some of the homeless people living in the tent city. I seemed to be received well and I did not overstay my welcome. After proposing they take me up on some of the services where I match people with agencies or person’s providing those needs I met a few guys afterwards who said they needed help and they would call me soon.
They posted my name and contact information where anyone who wanted support could contact me.
The idea is that after having been homeless myself, I want a job helping the homeless population around the greater Seattle area, across from Lake Washington especially where I live. I intend to have this recent case manager experience added to my resume so when I apply for case manager jobs I will have more recent experience in the field. I look forward to the day when I am earning money doing what I enjoy; making a difference.
Facebook: Camp Unity Eastside
I wanted to give thanks to God tonight with these verses:
Thanksgiving and Prayer
15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love[a] toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:15-23
Some thoughts I’ve been having:
The Apostle Paul was a very highly educated man who studied Jewish law at the feet of Rabbi Gamaliel, a leading legal authority of the Jews.
After his conversion to Jesus Christ, Paul hoped to influence his disciples by preaching the gospel and went to great lengths to travel possibly 10,000 miles through western Asia and parts of Europe.
His education made him a perfect candidate to write thirteen books found in the New Testament.
Paul was concerned that the Corinthians would not keep with their Christian belief and were being taught by false teachers.
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. – 2 Corinthians 11:3
As found in today’s churches we find false teachers everywhere.
Defend the gospel; know your bible. We need it in these last days.
For those of you who are in job-search mode, you may have felt the ups and downs of a roller-coaster ride with many stalled-out days and weeks waiting for interviews.
In the past few days I’ve been hired by two employers making my job count three: I have three employers, and recently quit an independent contractor job which makes my having had four employers total, in less than two weeks.
Job dissatisfaction is common as many on LinkedIn either want a new job or are in the job market. LinkedIn is where I keep in contact with others like me who have been unemployed or underemployed and it sure makes for an unstable lifestyle.
But thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ, I have work that will carry me for the next four months through February next year, enough income to keep the bills and rent paid.
We must put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ – He knows the way for our lives.
As one of Dr. Charles Stanley’s life principles to live by states:
God assumes full responsibility for our needs when we obey him.
If we check the bible on this we find some scripture about this. Here are samples I have found:
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. – Hebrews 11:6
The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. – Proverbs 10:3
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? – Romans 8:32
I hope for those of you who are currently in the job hunt; don’t give up and ask Jesus Christ for the way. Rely on him and he will provide your needs.
Many of you may be struggling financially right now, myself included. I have been looking for a job that is sustainable and will pay the bills. Let’s remember to turn to the Lord in all our struggles and let him have our fears, trusting that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
With all that I’ve been doing to find work, I’ve not posted here as often. I regret this as I enjoy writing, but I must get my priorities straight and keep a roof over my head.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6.
As I was driving in my neighborhood today, a thought came to my mind that before I was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ I never felt I knew the answer about how the world was formed and how mankind ever inhabited the earth. Many of you may have had those thoughts about how man was formed by an amoeba splitting in two millions of years ago and through evolution man crawled out of the ocean as he no longer was something that swam in the sea – or was he an ape that became a man? The earth itself began with a spark in a void to create atoms that bound together somehow to form the planets and stars. Remember?
Then Intelligent Design came along and was the enemy of all good secularist humanists and we who were raised as liberals were avoidant of all that mentioned the bible. We were told that mankind needed the “crutch” of the bible and believed in God because they were somehow weaker than all the unbelievers. What a wild time that was, before I became a believer.
Today I wonder at how the earth continues to revolve along it’s axis and no one bothers to find out why and how it came into being. Knowing the “Big Bang” theory is not a good enough explanation, secularists continue their days in absolute ignorance of all God has done for them, creating a planet for them to live on and creating a life for them, however good or bad it may be to them.
Why don’t they wonder at their lives, knowing they have no real answers about how they were formed as a species so that they can live on a planet they don’t think about every day, wondering how it came into being?
What a weird perspective that seems to me now, to not know the answers to these questions, ignoring the importance and reality of them and just going about their business day-to-day and never having an explanation for their very lives.
As a Christian, homelessness bothers me. I feel we should help those in need and there are many places where the bible tells us to help the poor and that we will want to do “good works” as the fruit of being good Christians who truly believe. The fruit of the Spirit brings about the kindness and goodness of the Lord’s Holy Spirit:
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.– Galatians 5:19-25
So I was thinking the other day while I drove around Seattle’s East Side working a temporary, part-time “gig” job about how the drug treatment offered by the nonprofits I have worked for do not truly address the issue of addiction which I believe is an outgrowth of a person who has lived in sin and has become trapped with an addiction of one sort or another.
Many drug addicts have found themselves addicted to pain medication and have gone on to become heroin addicts once their prescriptions to pain medications have been stopped or tapered off. They can’t stop the pain in their bodies with over-the-counter pain medications because they are not strong enough, and they may turn to marijuana to help curb their pain.
Not all drug addicted persons have become addicted to heroin this way; they may have used other drugs first and then turned to heroin which often then leads to fentanyl which easily kills people because it is a powerful opiod, many times stronger than heroin.
My concern as having been a chemical dependency counselor is that treatment programs for these heroin addicts have not provided adequate services, and they are short-term “fixes” that don’t really do anything that addresses the “addiction process”. Too often then use heroin again, some overdose and die thinking they can use the same amount as they did “pre-treatment”, or they buy heroin, but fentanyl is mixed in which causes all too many drug-overdose deaths.
My thoughts were about forming a treatment facility where heroin addicts can come into a residential treatment program and stay a year or two; with follow-up care for another two years that is Christian-based. People can know in advance that this is a Christian based recovery program so they aren’t surprised.
While they are in treatment they would receive the Word of God and get grounded in God’s Word. This is an important part of Christian based treatment with unwavering persons who facilitate groups, individual counseling and job training services, among other solid ground a person would be provided before leaving the program.
I would be very interested to know what programs provide Christian services only to the homeless where they must abide by Christianity and receive biblical lessons and attend church services. I want to explain further in another blog post more about why I think Christian services is a better way to offer drug and alcohol treatment.
Elizabeth Warren’s campaign accuses Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg of letting President Donald Trump post “lies” on Facebook.
One of her campaign tweets starts out by declaring:
Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election.
Except this is not the case. It is a blatant lie.
I posted a video about this on YouTube:
Please may you excuse my unedited thoughts as I typed them out on this blog post, which I may want to edit later.
I found a blog post that caught my eye, entitled, “Beware of Christian Counselors” by an Ohio man named Bruce Gerencser.
It caught my eye because of the title which led me to believe that Christian counselors may not reflect values, principles and teachings of the bible. As we know, many churches have fallen away from the faith and are teaching false doctrines ranging from the New Apostolic Church, to gay teaching from the “Queen James Bible”, or the Unity Church, Church of Scientology and others. Who knows what mixture of humanistic, new-age and other forms of pagan religions are out there these days?
So I read the blog post thinking I had found an ex-counselor like myself who has been trained and working toward licensure, I was surprised to learn that he had been a pastor in a few churches and had found in his life’s journey that he did not believe in God any more; he had become atheist. He shared his gripes about pastoral counseling and the negative experiences he had learned about it’s being used. His story had an unexpected twist. I fully did not expect this as I began reading.
He brings up a quote from Wikipedia’s definition of Nouthetic counseling;
“The aim of Nouthetic Counseling is to effect change in the counselee by encouraging greater conformity to the principles of Scripture.”
He brings up an example of a woman who receives counseling from a pastor who does not share her “egalitarian beliefs” and how her pastor’s goal is not her help her but to “get her to conform to certain theological beliefs”.
I don’t understand what’s bad about learning correct eschatology. But, when it comes to pastoral counseling where I’m told one is to “be the love of Jesus in the room”, it is a hard concept to grasp. After all, Jesus did teach people the wrong ways of their lives, he gave his life for all of us and threw the money-changers out of the temple. But, he was not a “counselor” per se. His whole reason for being was to teach that we have all sinned and needed to be forgiven, and He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life to do that. His love was so great that he died for all so that we may be forgiven and live in heaven one day after the body died.
There are issues here about how counseling is used in the world today. Counseling has become somewhat blurred the way the bible has; Christian counseling does not exist, other than to explain the gospel and hope that a person will seek God out. God gives life and is the Creator and knows best what mankind needs; we do not. Yet the bible is used as a form of counseling “support” in that certain bible verses get used to “heal” a person, but that is not what the bible is about at all. Jesus healed but did so as a way to prove that he was truly God in the flesh, and referred to himself as being “God’s Son” which meant to the Jews that he was God and of God that they knew about in the Pentateuch.
God’s Holy Spirit comes from the belief that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, understanding who he was when he was on earth and who he is today. It is a gift from the Lord Jesus, and is given to those who truly believe in Him as Savior and Lord, none other and who has the gift of telling a person in so many ways that they must do this or that, I believe, as we are drawn to do the right thing in a matter. This blog cannot begin to explain how God moves us to be good in our words and deeds, nor how we are given strength to get through our toils on earth, and on and on…
I am telling you only a very elementary description of God’s Holy Word and how he saved us from our sin if we want to know and be near to Him.
It seems that Pastoral counseling can give support to marriages and single people alike but the goal is to bring people to a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, ultimately. God is the great Counselor among other gracious things, in his loving kindness and as our loving Father and Holy Spirit that guides us. They are One.
Counseling is best done by someone who is wizened to the fact that everyday counseling done by counselors out in the field are not trained in the works of the Lord. They do not know God and so have a limited understanding of how to heal someone.
Now some of you are snickering; mankind cannot “heal” people – it is Our Creator who is the one who heals people, because he created us, and mankind can only prescribe helpful and supportive treatments. But the body’s magic in it’s healing is not inspired by mankind; it is the Creator who put the healing properties in humankind’s bodies and He alone can take our health away and/or make us heal right. If He doesn’t, He may be taking the side of the person who wishes to go without God in his life, or he may have another reason, that we don’t know about to make a person not heal.
In his Word he rewards us with healing, prosperity or punishes us by letting us go farther from Him in people’s sin, because personal choice is afforded to all humankind.
What this blogger misses is that the Bible is not about Social Justice, nor is it about healing done by mankind, but is about how Jesus told mankind about their sins, and that he would take their sins upon himself and die on the cross for us so that we can be forgiven for being the sinners that every one of us is.
He paid the price for all of our sins and gave us Himself, by his Grace and our faith in Him alone, to forgive us and cleanse us from sin, so that we may live on for eternal life in His presence, instead of being separated from His love for us, and for eternity.
Counseling, in today’s world is based upon an atheistic view and that is not compatible with Christian faith. Every topic that a person comes in to see a counselor for is most probably going to be the result of a person’s sinful natures since we are all born into sin. No one understands sin really being that they only label homosexuality or abortion as sins. They don’t understand all the hatefulness in a person’s heart that is at the base of all sin. Hatefulness is rebelliousness against God’s love and direction. Understand Eve’s fall in the book of Genesis and you’ll see more about her rebellion against God’s instruction. The instruction He gave out of love of his children.
My point about counseling today is that with all one is taught in counseling school, on the one hand, being there to listen to someone’s pain with empathy, offering support and maybe resources is all well and good, but a kind person can do that. Learning to sit for long hours providing your personal attention, care and learning some of the tools of counseling while being paid to do so may also be found helpful to some – or many people.
What is counseling meant to do? Ultimately, as a counselor you walk with a counselee (or client) to help them solve an issue: a behavioral problem in themselves or a family member, having suicidal tenancies, self-harm, addiction, emotional problems, or whatever. You come up with a treatment plan, or a “care plan”, and then you assign tasks or homework, you listen and provide helpful feedback or ask gentle probing questions so that a client looks at the logic of what they are saying. There are millions of such tools in a counselor’s toolbox if they have the right experience, and are intelligent and seasoned, caring “therapists”.
But what happens with the person the next time they run into an issue that becomes overwhelming or they need someone to “bounce things off of”? These are things which they learn to go to a human for advice and therapy. How much does it help? Maybe it brings some temporary relief but who is the Creator of all mankind? Why would our Creator be the one left out of a counseling session?
More can be said here but I’ll add another issue which brought me to a crossroads about quitting being a counselor: clients who have issues which I cannot support them in that go against my Christian faith. How would I be able to help them? Clients seeking abortions, or are “transitioning” to the opposite sex, or problems in their same-sex marriage or becoming a same-sex attracted person, would be some examples of those clients which I could not help walk their path. I could not condone those things.
So, getting back to the blog post that intrigued me in the beginning.
He felt counseling is done by mankind, as if mankind can solve all the problems brought to them but with no Jesus Christ to invite into their lives.
Again, the bible is not a manual for how to counsel people. It shows us who God is, what Jesus did on the cross for us and why we need Him. It does not tell us we are to solve problems of others on our own. It is a book for the believers to know and trust God, the One True God and it’s not about social justice warriors, social issues of the day nor what we ought to do with our children who want to change their genders.
It definitely is not about how God is a lesbian, gay man or about homosexuality as being a way to marriage, definitely not! People have turned the bible into all kinds of things because of the sin in everyone’s life and in the world from the beginning of mankind in the Garden, but because people don’t know the bible, they can get away with saying all kinds of things that are made up versions and published versions by mankind. The same mankind who want to become counselors teaching empty bible verses and applying them on today’s problems like a fortune cookie quote would. That’s about the extent of it.
In the blog article I read I may have been a bit misled by the title but now I’m afraid I’m a bit mad at how the author bashed the Word of God, as if knowing God and reading the bible could not help someone – yet it can. He may not have been a true believer in the first place and so has turned to the worldly ways of mankind to help him get through some of his problems. But God’s blueprint for learning his ways and who he is is found in the bible as we read more and learn more through the Holy Spirit that guides us. If you don’t know the bible and don’t truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, how can you tell us what is possible through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ who has given so much to us all and promises eternal life with Him? Sure we will be tested through life, but his strength delivers us in a manner that strengthens our knowledge of Christ, if you believed.
Otherwise, a kind, worldly unbeliever may be the band-aid to help you through tough times. He may be used by the Holy Spirit to help someone, as it is God’s desire that all men are saved, but some will not be because they fail to seek and truly want to know God.
Pastoral counseling is really a person that knows God, can kindly advise and pray for someone and teach them in ways to seek Christ in their trials. That is the best way to start helping someone, by encouraging their faith in Christ Jesus. Becoming a state-licensed therapist and then calling yourself a “Christian counselor” does not make sense because you are still using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, or “DSM” which was created by atheist/agnostic unbelievers in Christ Jesus who were against God and so developed their criteria of what mental illness is. Putting a state license first using diagnostic criterion by unbelieving psychiatrists who do not know God should not be the criteria to treat or help a person with mental health issues.
The mind is the workings of the person’s very soul, being and identity.
We are embodied spirits and inspirited bodies, (or, if you will, embodied minds and minded bodies). (Anonymous, 2003)
Psychiatry doesn’t have the ability to treat the mind of a person since they can’t locate the specific pieces of a mind that may need treatment. Doctors are not able to pinpoint the breath of life that God gave us, firstly in Adam, then in Eve. They give overall generalities of behaviors or bizarre ideas of people and label these as “symptoms” of a diseased mind or one that is “sick” in some way in books like the DSM or other medical texts.
Here we get into their ideas of causation and medical treatments including counseling which do address those symptoms but do not exactly “heal” a person. A person’s soul and human behavior are seen as the person’s nature which is viewed differently in the Christian life vs. secular life. Secularists view the person’s soul in as many personal views of each person’s such as something that will be reincarnated as another animal or life, or is an unexplained part of a person’s life that is inside of their physical body. It is not attributed to being the part of a person that goes to the arms of the Lord when the person’s body dies, which is what true Christians believe.
Christians have a definite belief about a person’s soul and a person’s very soul is intimately tied to their mental faculties, feelings, ideas and capabilities. Whether or not they sin has to do with their being a believer or not; a believer will be led away from sin. While Christians walk the earth they are cleansed mentally and in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. This does not happen in the secular world. God is a Holy God and we are being made ready for when we die and reach heaven through the Lord Jesus Christ.
So the mind and heart of a person may be wrongfully led and counseling can endorse rebellion against the Creator who made all life. If you are seeking help my advice would be seek God first and find healing and peace and rest in His love for you, since that is the way in which God created humans in his Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve walked as friends of God’s.
We are not higher in knowledge than our Creator. He has the way and is the light to follow in our trials here on earth.
There is so much more to be written about secular counseling and Christian counseling. These are only my musings of today although I have had many thoughts about my life as a former counselor and what led me to become one before I became a believer. It makes one wonder…
I left a message today for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell through his email on his website at: https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov after trying to leave him a message and found his voice mail full.
Please join me and the many others who are contacting him to stop this Democrat led impeachment – if you can call it that – by changing the rules of the Senate and to stop the impeachment at the Senate.
This advice comes from Tom Fitton, the President of Judicial Watch who has been doing the work of the DOJ and government officials who have not taken steps to stop the TDS of the Democrats and media who feed their viewers false information. Judicial Watch does great work and the public should keep up with them at their YouTube channel.
Let the Democrats know we stand behind our President and that we are tired of their false allegations that serve to tie him up and not allow him to fully carry out his duties as our President which we elected him for!
Show your support – we need our Congressmen to hear us!