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Category Archives: Friendships

Must We Argue Again?

So why does anyone keep arguing when we know it is wrong, and it is counter-productive? Titus 3 begins with a discussion about authorities and respect for them, about being peaceable, gentle, humble instead of hateful, self-centered. Is it not our selfish desires that become the dictators, telling us what to argue for and to keep going until we get what we want? Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Conflict, Friendships, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Women/Wives | Tags: , , , ,

Cultivating Gospel-Centered Friendships

God gives the gift of friendships. The gospel is the power of God that transforms our relationships into gospel-centered friendships. Christians are to glorify God as we connect with others. We are to demonstrate grace, mercy, compassion, love and forgiveness in relationships. Friendships must be cultivated by being saturated with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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The Seductive Lie of Immodesty, and Re-Claiming Your Identity in Christ

This is not another article on Matthew 5:28, hem lengths, or the horrors of uncovered shoulders. Today I’m writing more as the concerned mother of a teenage girl than as a biblical counselor. I want to take an unflinching look with young people of both sexes at the reality behind immodest dress; the desire to be desired; and where it can lead. Continue reading

Topics: Approval-Seeking, Dating, Friendships, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Self-Control, Self-Esteem/Self-Image, Sexual Purity, Teens, Women/Wives | Tags: , , , , ,

Toy Story, Proverbs and Friendship

The Proverbs are a great place to start for learning about friendship. They provide a rich portrait of biblical friendship. Over the balance of the book, four distinct qualities of biblical friendship come to the forefront: constancy, carefulness, candor, and counsel. Continue reading

Topics: Communication, Friendships, Love, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , ,

Ephesians for the Depressed: Finding Color and Dimension in Gospel Community

People battling depression struggle to find color/joy and dimension (other than deep suffering). God has provided color and dimension in the Body of Christ to draw them out of isolation and feeling that they are a drag on the joyful within the Body. God shapes us into Christ, brining opposites into unity by His grace in the Body of Christ. Continue reading

Topics: Depression, Friendships, Hope, People in Need of Care, Suffering | Tags: , , ,

Speaking Well

With the onslaught of technological ways to connect: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. it seems that people today are becoming less and less adept at being conversational with one another.  As counselors, it is no surprise that a major component of … Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Communication, Friendships, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , ,

The Emotional Life of Jesus: Part Three—The Friendships of Jesus

Note: You’re reading Part Three of a multiple-part blog series by pastor, author, and biblical counselor Paul Tautges on The Emotional Life of Jesus. Read Part One Compassion and Part Two The Depths of Christ’s Compassion. You can also read this … Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Faith, Friendships, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Theology | Tags: , , , , ,

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