Journey through thick woods

The Journey Is The Destination

”For the Word of God s alive and powerful.  It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12 NLT). In an earlier chapter, I reflected on a season in my early adult life when it felt as though […]

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The Five Temperament Model

Understanding temperament can be very complex.  I consider myself a trustworthy expert on this subject now, but when I was initially trying to wrap my mind around it, the information and concepts became almost overwhelming.  Don’t allow that to happen to you, ok?  We’re not studying for a PhD here.  Our objective is simply to […]

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If you judge a fish by its ability

Heart Hunger

Temperament Needs We do not always recognize or acknowledge that our heart cries out for fellowship with God.  Drs. Arno refer to this desire as “heart hunger,” which often drives us into the things of the world in hopes of satisfying the longing within us.  Our hunger for God will drive us, in our ignorance, […]

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Understanding Our Inborn Nature

Can Freud’s Theories Be Trusted? Although Freud and his teachings were highly circulated, what he claimed completely flies in the face of what the Bible teaches about human identity. The natural extension of Freud’s “blank slate” theory would be that our identity is merely the sum total of our past experiences, both good and not […]

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Same Experiences, Yet Different Effects

“The unique nature of who we are is reflected most accurately through the characteristics of our inborn temperament.”  Dr. Dave Ralston Am I Enough? At this point in our journey, you’re most likely beginning to make significant connections between the experiences of your childhood and the intra- or inter-personal plaguing your adult life.  To clearly […]

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Ripples from drop of water

We Duplicate Who We Are

Shame Through The Generations Walk with me as I explore the nature of each of the seven generations that co-exist in America today, and how each may have uniquely contributed to the dysfunctional aspects of our today’s culture:  The Greatest Generation > The Silent Generation > Baby Boomers (Early and Late) > Generation X > […]

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From Prominent To Superficial

Erosion of Godly Foundations In light of the foreboding cultural climate of the early twentieth century that we’ve explored, we can’t help but consider factors that may have contributed to the nature of the world we live in today.  Natural characteristics such as creativity and vision were subdued by forced compliance.  Respect turned into fear.  […]

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Post WWII America

The Traumatized Family

A landmark article by the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD explains how the emotional trauma World War II imposed on American men profoundly changed how they functioned as men, husbands, fathers, and citizens. PTSD can make somebody hard to be with.  Living with someone who is easily startled, has nightmares, and […]

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It is well not with my soul

It Cost Our Society It’s Collective Soul

Prior to the twentieth century, adults demanded strict adherence to a very stringent code of behavior and conduct – privately and publicly – for both themselves and their children.  Despite many of their techniques appearing harsh and primitive by today’s standards, history appears to show that the effects of these methods were not as emotionally […]

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