Saturday, December 07, 2019


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Tag » Personal Crisis

Greetings from the pages of God’s Holy Word found in the Book of Galatians:

Galatians Chapter One

Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me,

Multiple shots were fired at Oikos University, a Korean Christian college in Oakland, CA earlier today, April 2, 2012. Although still in the early stages of discovery and response, “Authorities said two people have been shot in the head and at least six people were wounded,” according to Fox News. There is at least one fatal wounding from the shooting. This event is an active, ongoing event unfolding and more information will be made available as the event unfolds.

Local station, ABC7, is live-streaming coverage on this story:

Pray for God's work to be done amidst this tragedy and in the recovery days ahead for the families, friends, neighbors and community. God's comfort, hope and acceptance can minister to many lives in the coming days.

In working on an article I was thinking of how many of our officers or members may use their skills, training and experiences to help make their church, synagogue or ministry a safer and more secure place for staff, members, visitors or guests, and themselves and their friends and family. I hope you might help me get some views of activity on this.

If you are actively involved I hope you will tell me a bit about what you do, how you may use your training and/or experiences and , if not involved, share more on that also.

Some of the questions I have are: Does your site have a written Plan for safety security? Is it printed and available in class rooms, halls or other places occupied at times?

Church Security Conference and Training Seminar coming May 11-12, 2012 Hosted at Covenant Church, Carrollton, TX. , presented by The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM).  This 2012 National Conference is all about being “CALLED 2 DUTY” and how your church can be more effective in “Protecting God’s People”.  Join America’s leading experts in Church Security for the best training available to Security Directors, Church Business Administrator, Church Leaders and Facility Directors. An information-packed Conference, with proven strategies and techniques to improve your church’s security.  A different conference experience every year with the nations’ leading experts in Church Security.

Visit for more info and a list of the presenters and their topics for this annual conference.

We listened actively this past week as our friends shared with us how helpless they felt in ministering to another Christian couple whom they had known well for several years who recently lost their adopted son to suicide and their other adopted child was also struggling with anger and depression. Not realizing there was a connection between these circumstances, I was able to explain how unresolved trauma from stress and abandonment may cause an escalation of these symptoms over time.  I explained how crisis and trauma are often open doors to great healing spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even physically if they are handled in a professional and wise manner.  Christian family counseling is clearly in order for this family and the sooner they get the help they need the healthier all of their lives will become.

Sometime Christians believe that every crisis is at the core a spiritual one. While every crisis has a spiritual dimension, not every crisis is spiritual in nature. A crisis at the core may be emotional, mental or even physical in nature. Yet, all aspects, including the spiritual need to be addressed when responding to those in crisis.

While not a professional Christian counselor myself I know that seeking the wise counsel of professional counselors to guide others in crisis is often the best path.  It is why CEN supports crisis counselors like Bobbie Rill and Shirley Goodman as well as trained chaplains such as Ed Smith and Pat Hamman who will assist with these types of questions. If you know someone in crisis, or you are in crisis yourself and need a Christian perspective, you may contact them directly on the CEN site. 

I believe it was Christian counselor and author Dr. Archibald Hart who coined the phrase the “Wounded Healer” in his well-read book by the same title. In many ways this description fits and depicts my life.

My early days were marked by physical challenges which caused me to face death squarely, yet allude it three times, before the age of nine. While my physical health eventually stabilized it was and still is an ever-encroaching issue to overcome.

During my childhood days I sought to find peace and hope in Christ, but my relationship with Him always was unclear to me as I was not taught the steps to find "peace beyond all understanding" I longed for. That confusion held, sadly, until the age of thirty.