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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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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