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Friendship In A Time Of Technology

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Beverly Headen, Bridgehaven Team | 0 comments

It’s easy for pastors, church leaders, and even counselors to forego self-care and even easier to neglect family and friends in the name of doing “greater” Sadly, this happened to me. In the hurry of work, ministry, completing my degree, family crisis with my elderly father, and discipleship ministry at my church, I failed to understand the void my absence had created in my best friend’s life. I justified my actions with thoughts of how she must be busy with her husband, homeschooling her three children, and her own...

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So Much Depends on the Weather

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 0 comments

“And I feel, so much depends on the weather.” Scott Weiland   As I sit at home, entrapped by another apocalyptic snowfall occurrence in the South, my mind is drawn to the extent our moods are impacted by the weather. According to the DSM-V, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a subcategory of major depression that repeats occurrence cyclically with the seasons, and usually during the fall/winter months. Why does this happen?   Scripture does not delve into detail of the biological process (or lack thereof) in mood disorders. However,...

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Can Suffering Blind Us?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Kathy King | 1 comment

What does it mean when something blinds us? Webster defines blind (in the verb form) as (1) cause of (someone) being unable to see, permanently or temporarily; (2) to deprive (someone) of understanding, judgment, or perception. Blindness brings with it an inability to see. Scripture is clear that sin can blind us. Sin may blind us in two ways. First, the Lord may blind hearts to sin (Lam. 4:14, 2 Cor. 4:4; John 3:19-20; John 12:39-40). The life of Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar are examples of this type of blindness. A second type of blindness...

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A Satisfied Heart

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     “Every day there is a war fought for control of your heart. But your jealous Savior, with the zeal of gorgeous redemptive love, will not share your heart. He will not rest until your heart is ruled by him and him alone.” Page 108-109.        It can sound kind of strange to hear that Jesus is jealous. It feels awkward to say and to think about. Even wrong. The word jealous gives off the scent of insecurity and...

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Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team, Caroline von Helms | 0 comments

To be young, wealthy, in love-all in the third century, and to be a Christian. Such was young Valentine, he would consummate his great love by taking his love as his bride. Soon he would be wed, but his pleasurable orderly world came crashing down around him when the Roman emperor declared all Christians illegal citizens guilty of treason. All they had to do was say, ‘Caesar is Lord!” But all Valentine would say was “No, Jesus is Lord!” Rather than deny Christ young Valentine was arrested in the crackdown. In jail awaiting execution...

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Undivided Devotion

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Beverly Headen, Bridgehaven Team | 0 comments

       As a single person, have you ever felt like a second-class citizen, or that your life is on-hold until you are married, or that surely you are not favored by God because he has not yet given you the gift of marriage? As a single woman, I understand these questions. Yet, the Apostle Paul gives us a perspective that is often viewed as contrary to the popular worldview; marriage equals self-worth and happiness.        Paul’s admonition to the Church at Corinth on the subject of marriage includes an encouraging verse for...

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Limping Together to the Table: A Reflection on ‘Grotesque Broken-ness’

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 0 comments

In Spike Lee’s 2002 movie ‘The 25th Hour’ Edward Norton stars as a New York kingpin, who is convicted for drug distribution. The film follows Norton’s character Monty as he spends his last 24 hours before reporting for his 7 year prison sentence. In this last day, Monty spends time connecting with his Dad, his girlfriend, his two best friends, and his dog. Monty’s dog is a pit bull that he found on the side of the road left to die by his Russian mob friends’ who were involved in a dog fighting ring. The dog had been badly injured,...

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The Who in Waiting

Posted by on Jan 11, 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 “The longer we have time to think about what we are waiting for, the longer we have time to consider how we have no ability to deliver it; and the longer we have to let ourselves wonder why we have been selected to wait, the more our faith weakens. But not so with Abraham. We’re told in this passage [Romans 4] that during this time of protracted waiting, his faith actually grew stronger, and the passage tells us why. Rather than...

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Biblical Maturity is Never Just About What You Know

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Bridgehaven Team, Dangerous Calling, Neale Davis | 0 comments

Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People     “Biblical maturity is never just about what you know; it’s always about how grace has employed what you have come to know to transform the way you live.” P. 26.   It has always been easy to agree with the idea that God wants to conform us to his image. That is, the “good” that Romans 8:28 is speaking about is the process and the result of our becoming more Christ-like. In his thoroughly redemptive ways God...

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Remembering Our Mission During The Holidays

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Beverly Headen, Bridgehaven Team | 0 comments

During the holiday season we often are thrown together with those who have known us longest and best, our family and friends.  After all, they knew us “when,” and that can sometimes feel awkward, even vulnerable. As Christians we desperately want those who know us best, to see us as God’s Word describes us in II Corinthians 5:17, new creations in Christ.  What a golden opportunity the holiday season brings to show the grace and transforming power of God through our lives – evangelism 101: “But you will receive power when the Holy...

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A New Way Bridgehaven Wants to Serve You

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Caroline von Helms | 0 comments

Bridgehaven’s Consulting Ministry wants to come along side your church, non-profit organization, or ministry organization to provide guidance, expertise, and direction. Bridgehaven developed its consulting ministry out of the desire to share the experience and knowledge it has gained to help other ministries and churches better serve where they are. Some ways in which this service may be used are: Consulting on a new counseling ministry startup. Some churches have a desire to provide counseling within their scope of ministries, but need...

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Some Spiritual Applications of Running a Marathon

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Kathy King | 0 comments

  On November 15, 2014, I had the opportunity of running my first marathon. On that chilly morning of November 15 as I lined up with everyone else who trained for several months leading up to the same goal—completing 26.2 miles—I felt a commonality among us. Whether an elite runner setting out win it all or as a runner just with the goal to finish the race, each of us was setting out on a journey—a journey that would entail crossing the finish line. I couldn’t help but to think of Hebrews 12:1-2:   “Therefore since we are...

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Addiction Recovery Process Group

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

     Starting January 12th, Bridgehaven will offer our next Addiction Recovery Group for those who struggle with substance or behavioral addictions.      These groups are designed to assist those entangled in life dominating patterns. Our recovery groups provide a structured therapeutic environment, which can be supplemented by individual counseling. This allows us to provide an intensive form of care for those whose addictive struggle require more than a recovery group alone.      Bridgehaven groups are intended to advance the...

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Gracing with Your Presence

Posted by on Dec 6, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Chris Ball | 0 comments

When a person comes seeking help for some sort of relational or emotional issue, our mind quickly shifts into problem identification mode. We analyze their life searching for patterns or themes, attempting to find snug categories, and then implementing the appropriate truth to negate the problem. Truth is good!   Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.    However, we tend to oversimplify our implementation of truth. How often, do we go into automated mode in quickly...

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The Blinding Ability of Sin

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Bridgehaven Team, Dangerous Calling, Neale Davis | 0 comments

  Counselors Reflect on Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp A Series to Care for the Care Takers of God’s People   “The blinding ability of sin is so powerful and persuasive that you and I literally need daily intervention.” Paul David Tripp–page 73 The tactic Satan used to tempt Jesus in the desert has always amazed me. The approach he used was gutsy and bold, but above all it was devious. With anyone else it might have worked. But with Jesus it was bound for defeat before it happened. Each time Satan tempted Jesus he...

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