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Valiant for Truth - Counseling

A Pastor’s Reflections: The Past Does Not Define You
VFT

One of the things I regularly encountered as I counseled people in my pastorate was a fear of the past. Sometimes a person carried around his past like chains, or as the cliché goes, like a lot of baggage

 
 
 
Don’t Go Alone
VFT

Among the regular duties that a pastor must carry out is regular in-home visits with members of the congregation. In the first year of my ministry I can remember an elder churchman in the presbytery telling me, “Always take one of your ruling elders with you when you make home visits. There are too many benefits to ignore and too many liabilities when you go alone.”

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Silence is Golden
VFT

One of the most difficult circumstances a pastor will face is offering counsel in the wake of a death in the church. Death often comes upon a church with little to no warning.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Counsel or Debate Over E-mail
VFT

In the digital age communication is as convenient as ever. We can make a phone call from our cars or the remotest of locations, send an e-mail, or even twitter away till our thumbs get numb.

 
 
 
A Pastor’s Reflections: Jail and Prison
VFT

There are many churches that are filled with respectable people, good, civic-minded citizens. But it may come as a shock to some, but there are some churches that also have members that, for one reason or another, wind up in jail or prison.