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Church’s View of Singleness

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Part 2 of V on Singles Ministry in a Couple’s Culture Church As a single, what has your experience in church been like? Do you feel welcomed, neglected or something else? Throughout church history there has been error and extreme views from both sides of the marriage/singleness issue that has influenced the church’s attitude about singleness. The Hebrew Rabbinic Talmud states, “The man who is not married at 20 is living in sin.” On the other side, church ascetics have lifted singleness up as a holier call or higher station in life than...

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Scripture’s View of Singleness

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Laura McGee | 0 comments

Scripture’s View of Singleness Part 1 of V on Singles Ministry in a Couple’s Culture Church 48.6%.  That’s the number of singles currently living in the Triangle, according to the US Census Bureau. Does that surprise you? Shock you? Make you shrug your shoulders? This means that the “single-married divide” in RDU is surprisingly small.  Yet our churches are dominated by married couples and singles too often feel relegated to the sidelines.  Why is that? This question prompted our counseling center, Bridgehaven Counseling...

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Getting to Know the Bridgehaven Staff

Posted by on Apr 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Dr. Neale Davis, Executive Director/Durham Office Dr. Davis enjoys and appreciates the trust people express when sharing their stories. He has been counseling formally since the Bridgehaven office opened, but has been involved in counseling most of his life. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1982 before working in Atlanta until his wife also graduated from UGA. They both served with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) after getting married. Dr. Davis served with Cru for 28 years before opening up the Bridgehaven Durham...

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The Awe of God

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Caregivers of God’s People   “What things does the awe of God produce in the heart of a pastor that are vital for an effective, God-honoring, and productive ministry?” page 121 When was the last time you saw something or experienced something that truly amazed you or actually took your breath away? Perhaps it was standing on a beach and seeing the curvature of the earth. Or maybe it was witnessing the Northern Lights in person. Maybe you are...

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Dangerous Calling Blog Series Summary

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team | 1 comment

  Exploring the signs that indicate a pastor or Christian worker’s zeal of God and ministry may be waning or becoming unhealthy and how to sustainable love God by serving His people.  Utilizing the book “Dangerous Calling” by Paul Tripp we want to care for the caregivers in this time and offer a weekly devotional blog series for ongoing encouragement and aftercare The Impact of Misdirected Identity  by Neale Davis Strengthened by Grace by Omar King Knowing Christ by Kathy King  Success is Great by Neale...

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G4 RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUP MINISTRY

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team | 3 comments

Bridgehaven loves our partnership with The Summit Church as well as other churches in the area. That is why we are excited to let you know about a recovery-support group Summit is launching. These groups are designed to utilize many of the seminars Bridgehaven and Summit partner together on. Whether you are interested in leading a group or just benefitting from being a participant, you will find more information on Summit’s G4 ministry below: G4 RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUP MINISTRY We are excited to announce the launch of G4...

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Spiritual Applications of Not Being Able to Run a Marathon

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Kathy King | 0 comments

A note about this blog: October 25, 2015, is the date when I had hoped to run my second marathon. Around this time last year, after completing my first marathon, I wrote a blog entitled “Spiritual Applications of Running a Marathon.” Well, after receiving some news about a stress fracture [10 weeks ago] that would prevent me from running not only the October 25 marathon (or any other fall marathon—or running at all since receiving that news), I thought it would be only appropriate to write a follow-up blog entitled, “Spiritual...

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Loving Well Through Saying No

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Kathy King | 0 comments

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of telling someone no? Do you think it is selfish? Are you concerned about hurting another’s feelings or disappointing him or her? Are you worried that the person will get mad? Instead of saying no, do you think, “I should be able to do this… I have the time…. So and so does it…” The list goes on and on. Saying no is not an easy thing to do. In fact, it can be quite challenging. We live in a culture where we’re expected to be able to do “just one more thing”...

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Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled: A Word for Today

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Beverly Headen | 0 comments

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  John 14:27 NIV   One commentary says at the time of Jesus’ words in John 14, “Let not heart be troubled,” there were lots of reasons for “anxiety and alarm” among the disciples. They had just learned their world was about to be turned upside down– that they had a traitor among them; that Peter would deny Jesus; and in the midst of it all, Jesus, their teacher, friend and...

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Lost My Place

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 2 comments

“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer.” ~ Simone Weil      In the last two centuries, globalization has exploded. Communication, collaboration and relocation are accessible in unimaginable ways. Opportunities to connect with others are endless. Ways to work together are plentiful. Options of places to go are abundant.      In the 1980s, the prevalent educational mantra for youth went something like this, “You can do anything, if you put your mind to it.” Years later, our society is still struggling to shed this mentality. It...

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We Can Honestly Pray

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Kathy King | 0 comments

There is much to be said about prayer in Scripture. We are told to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:16). What happens, though, when our emotions are churning and we do not feel like praying—or at least not like “giving thanks”? Often we may hear prayer described in such a way that we think we must use “flowery” language or make it “neat.” Instead of honest, gut-wrenching emotion, prayer becomes a half-truth of what is really going in the heart. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart...

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Dangerous Calling Blog Summary

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Exploring the signs that indicate a pastor or Christian worker’s zeal of God and ministry may be waning or becoming unhealthy and how to sustainable love God by serving His people.  Utilizing the book “Dangerous Calling” by Paul Tripp we want to care for the caregivers in this time and offer a weekly devotional blog series for ongoing encouragement and aftercare The Impact of Misdirected Identity  by Neale Davis Strengthened by Grace by Omar King Knowing Christ by Kathy King  Success is Great by Neale...

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The Purpose of Scars

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 1 comment

John 20:24 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to...

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Look at the Wildflowers

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Kathy King | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     “All creation is meant to be a finger pointing us to ultimate glory, the only glory that can ever satisfy the human heart, the glory of God” (Paul David Tripp in Dangerous Calling, page 48).   Several years ago, I was reading Matthew 6:25-34, needing to be reminded of the promise that God cares for us and knows what we need all the time—especially in the midst of anxiety. I had spent two years of my life...

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Doing versus Being

Posted by on Mar 29, 2015 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

“The Spirit of the Father and the Son would never be interested in merely empowering us to “do good.” His desire (which is the desire of the Father and the Son) is to bring us to such a hearty enjoyment of God through Christ that we delight to know him, that we delight in all his ways, and that therefore we want to do as he wants and we hate the thought of ever grieving him.”[1]  We sometimes get caught up in doing, doing, doing. Doing things for God can have a very noble sound to it and quite honestly there is much about it that is...

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