The introduction of the biblical counseling program went very well yesterday. The church had made 50 brochures for me to have for giving out to those interested folks. Well, after the first service there were only 10 left for the second service which has more attendees that the first. I quickly got more printed so we were able to have ample available for the second group. It was very touching to hear the honest confessions so many had. There were 3 different men who came to me introducing themselves as students I’d had many years ago. Each one was asking for help and expressed their appreciation that their old principal could now be their counselor. I just can’t get over how amazing our God is!
My bible reading in The Passion this morning was Hebrews 6. It starts with the title, “Moving on to Deeper Truth”. In the last part of the chapter the subtitle is, “God’s Faithful Promise”. In this chapter regarding going deeper into God’s Truth I am challenged to see the importance of helping others believe the truth of God’s promises for each of us/them. God doesn’t remove the struggles of our lives as I’ve known, but He does provide a way of escape. I use to think the way of escape would be to remove the struggle. Instead, what God provides is a means of letting go of the struggles’ shackles so they don’t become a constant burden to hide.
Our counseling goal is to give new hope for these who come. A quote from Hebrews 6:19 says: “We have this certain hope like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding our souls to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat in the heavenly realm beyond the sacred threshold, and where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone in before us.” It has taken me a lifetime to know this hope, and now it is time to help others find what God has so graciously given to me and wants others to have too.