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The Elusive 'Proverbs 31' Ideal Today

When a friend recently asked me to share my thoughts on the “Proverbs 31” woman and man, it unexpectedly was a painful experience. As never before, I realized how cynical I had become on the subject of an ideal marriage. For far too many couples – even Christian couples – the marital ideal of “heaven on earth” has degenerated into something akin to hell on earth.Solomon (or “King Lemuel”) asks, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10). Right from…See More
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The #1 Reason Counseling Often Fails

A firestorm erupted recently when I wrote a blog that was deemed critical of the counseling profession. I have lots of friends who are counselors—excellent counselors—and several seemed to think I was including them in my critique of incompetent counseling. Meanwhile, I also have countless friends who’ve been helped by skilled counselors, and they rose up to defend the counseling profession and share their gratitude for a job well done.My blog’s main point was simply that effective counseling…See More
Oct 22
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The Problem with Ineffective Counselors

After dating several women who told him he had “issues,” my friend Ron finally decided to look for a good counselor.“That’s a great move,” I encouraged him. It was all I could do to stop short of adding, “And it’s about time, Ron!”Yet the conversation grew darker when he asked my advice on how to go about finding a counselor who could actually do him some good.“That’s a tough one, Ron. You’re a pretty hard case,” I chuckled. “And 95% of the counselors out there are either well-meaning but…See More
Oct 16

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How do you participate in discipleship?
Mentor others one-on-one, Work in a parachurch ministry, Discipling youth
To help you connect with others who have similar interests, what are the primary areas in which you’re interested in growing personally?
Prayer, Experiencing the Holy Spirit's power, Hearing God, Following the leading of the Holy Spirit
For those you disciple, what areas would you most like to see them grow?
Enjoying and relating to God, Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, Mentoring others
If you disciple others, in what areas would you like to share ideas, ask questions, and learn from other network members?
How to start and sustain a discipling relationship, How to foster discipleship in my church or ministry
What book or resource (other than the Bible!) has impacted your Christian life the most?
The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
How did you discover Discipleship Network
Referral by a friend

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The Elusive 'Proverbs 31' Ideal Today

When a friend recently asked me to share my thoughts on the “Proverbs 31” woman and man, it unexpectedly was a painful experience. As never before, I realized how cynical I had become on the subject of an ideal marriage. For far too many couples – even Christian couples – the marital ideal of “heaven on earth” has degenerated into something akin to hell on earth.

Solomon (or “King Lemuel”) asks, Who can find a virtuous…

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Posted on December 7, 2017 at 11:00am

Pens, Pencils & Negative Words

All the way through elementary school, I did my writing with pencils. Each year, “#2 Pencils” were on the top of the school supply list.

But when I arrived in middle school, we were expected to use ink pens instead. The writing experience was certainly better with the pens, but there was one major problem: Ink is difficult to erase.

Eventually, some clever marketers came up with “erasable” pens. But that was false advertising, because they were still hard…

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Posted on November 27, 2017 at 3:43pm

My Boundless Gratitude -- in Retrospect

This Thanksgiving was a chance to reflect once again on my “Gratitude Quotient.” I concluded that I’m happier and more grateful than I’ve been in many years.

However, I uncovered a blog I wrote several years ago admitting two disturbing things: (1) I’m still not nearly as grateful as I should be for how God has blessed me; and (2) Many of the things I’m now MOST grateful for are past events I wasn’t grateful for at all when they were taking place.

I call this second…

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Posted on November 26, 2017 at 5:02am

A New Appreciation for the Holidays

Ever since his divorce several years back, my friend Ron has complained to me this time of year about the upcoming holidays. He has his reasons, to be sure, but he’s begun to sound like a broken record.

“It’s just not the same,” he moans. “With my wife gone and my kids living far away, it’s always an agonizing time for me.”

Then he typically cites the gluttony, commercialization, overspending, and other holiday sins as justification for his negative attitudes. You’ve probably…

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Posted on November 21, 2017 at 4:26am

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At 10:09am on August 18, 2016, Network Creator / Coordinator said…

Welcome Jim ~ I hope many members of the Discipleship.Network community find your blog postings . . .

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Posted by Dan R. Crawford on November 18, 2017 at 7:32am

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