The Problem with Discipleship

Discipleship is the process of someone becoming a sold-out follower of Jesus.  While the church acknowledges that this is a matter of character development, the keys to the process are often limited to prayer and Bible study. Churches are discovering that leading someone to faith in Jesus is now much more complicated than praying with […] Read more »

Go To the Ones Who Can Help

If I had a toothache, I would go to a dentist for help.  My expectation would be that the dentist would have some specialized training to relieve the tooth pain.  I have a great dentist.  He has the requisite training, and, being a godly man, I believe he listens to the leading of the Spirit […] Read more »

Forgiveness and Emotional Healing

At a home fellowship group, we were talking about forgiveness.  One of my friends said, “I’ve forgiven the people who hurt me, but I can’t seem to forget about it.  The incident keeps coming back to my mind and it hurts so much.” She was amazed and relieved when I told her, “There’s a difference […] Read more »

Mental Illnesses Are Medical Conditions

Mental illnesses such as clinical depression or anxiety and schizophrenia are not uncommon in society. Worldwide, over one hundred and twenty million people suffer from depression (See HereToHelp.bc.ca).  It is important to consider that some of the spiritual and emotional struggles a person is facing may be compounded by an untreated mental illness. Mental illnesses […] Read more »

What Emotional Wounds Are Common to People?

The following emotional wounds are common to the human race: Shame:  I’m a mistake Abandonment and Rejection:  People always leave Powerlessness:  No matter what I do nothing changes Betrayal:  You can’t trust anyone Sexuality and Identity: Who am I? The process for treatment begins with stepping out of the darkness of denial. Let’s use a […] Read more »

Understanding Emotional Wounds

Over the years I have seen that, while the situations in which people are wounded may vary, the heart wounds have certain similarities. In the early days of my counselling ministry I facilitated groups for women who had been sexually abused as children. These victims exhibited the same core wounds: they carried a deep sense […] Read more »

6 Signs of Schizophrenia or Any Psychotic Breakdown

Here are some signs for a psychotic breakdown: 1.   Emotionally flat and withdrawn or very excited, hostile or grandiose 2.   Poor verbal communication, disorganized, unconnected thoughts 3.   Delusional thinking, believing something to be true that is outside the realm or reason and for which there is no real evidence, often religious 4.   Seeing things not […] Read more »

15 Signs of Adult Attention Deficit Disorder

Here are some signs of adult attention deficit disorder: 1.   Chronic forgetfulness 2.   Problems with time and money management 3.   Disorganized lifestyle 4.   Frequent moves or job changes 5.   Periodic depression, mood swings or anxiety as in the mood disorders above 6.  Chronic patterns of underachievement 7.   Feelings of restlessness 8.   Impulsive behavior 9.   Tendency […] Read more »

13 Signs of Mania or Hypomania (mild mania)

Here are some of the signs of mania or hypomania: 1.   Exaggerated elation, rapid, unpredictable mood changes 2.   Irritability, impatience with others who can’t keep up with you 3.   Inability to sleep, not needing sleep, too busy to sleep and not being tired the next day 4.   Big plans, inflated self-esteem, exaggerated self-importance, impulsive overspending […] Read more »