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Overcome Evil With Good

By DeVine Interventions | July 8, 2020

When we are teaching our counselees what to do about the problem of evil being done against them, we should help them see that if they return the evil that has been done against them by sinning against another person, they will continue this horrible cycle. It is only when they choose to show love that evil will stop its horrible spread.

Wait For It: Seeking God in Troubling Times

By DeVine Interventions | July 2, 2020

In Habakkuk, an obscure little book with an obscure sounding name, the prophet by the same name grapples with some difficult questions. In the beginning of the book the cry of his heart is for justice as he reflects on all of the world’s injustices; even those found in the recesses of his own heart.

Look to Jesus When Facing Trauma

By DeVine Interventions | June 24, 2020

Trauma destroys in such profound ways that the notion that Jesus can help sometimes feels empty. It is important to be specific about what Jesus does. Jesus can help us face trauma by offering three key elements: compassion, comfort, and solidarity.

Jesus Offers Compassion

Defeating Despair

By DeVine Interventions | June 17, 2020

We’ve been cooped up now for several weeks and many of you haven’t had any real significant social contact in all that time. Some of you are not only cooped up, but laid off. Perhaps you have applied for unemployment benefits because your company has essentially shut down. Others of you own businesses and you’re beginning to wonder if you’ll even survive the economic downturn caused by the restrictions in place because of this pandemic. Many wonder if they’ll catch the dreaded virus and die.

Does Life Feel out of Control?

By DeVine Interventions | June 10, 2020

400 years. That’s how long the Israelites waited for God to deliver them from slavery. But after they left Egypt, God didn’t take them directly to their promised land.
Instead, they camped out at the base of a mountain while God instructed Moses. During that time, God’s glory rested on the mountain.
But after 40 days, the Israelites grew frustrated by the delay…so they rejected God and pursued whatever pleased them.

Brokenness

By DeVine Interventions | June 3, 2020

Brokenness. It is an experience we have all had to some degree: loss of a job, a dream, a relationship. It could be death, destruction, disease, or disappointment. Perhaps you see yourself as broken and, as a result, rejection, injury, betrayal, disability, shame, or failure threaten to define you. To some degree or another, you and I have experienced brokenness. And the threat of being swallowed by the brokenness of our circumstances is ever-present.

We Deserve Nothing, Yet God Gives Everything

By DeVine Interventions | May 27, 2020

It seems as though there is a pervasive belief that so many of us hold that “I am not worth it and I’m undeserving.” The question “what makes me or my life matter?” is one of the most important questions a person can consider. There are people who spend decades trying to answer this question, consciously or subconsciously. It appears to me that those who experience the most peace and fulfillment in life have developed a solid answer to this question and they live their lives in line with that answer.

6 Tips to Help You Forget What is Behind

By DeVine Interventions | May 20, 2020

Don’t you wish that the apostle Paul had expanded on some nuggets he gave us in Scripture?

One passage that tormented me for years was Phil 4:11-13. Paul boasted that:

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

“Worthy?”

By DeVine Interventions | May 13, 2020

Recently I read the story of Jesus healing the centurion’s son (Luke 7:1–10) and was struck by the two times “worthy” appeared. Pay attention to the word as you read the story: After he had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. Now a centurion had a servant who was sick and at the point of death, who was highly valued by him.

The Perfect Gift of Grace

By DeVine Interventions | May 6, 2020

I love to search for the perfect gift.  It does not need to be expensive.  It simply gives me joy to find something that is uniquely fitting for someone.  I get so excited to give the gift just to see their expression of surprise and delight. I often hope I’ll hear, “Oh my! How did you know?” or, “It’s so perfect, and I LOVE it!”  These moments bring me a sense of happiness and I feel connected in a special way when a simple gesture is recognized and valued.

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