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Falling in Love With God

By: Bob Hostetler

Falling In Love With God  -     By: Bob Hostetler

 

Drawing from the ancient love story of Hosea, a prophet whose life and prophecy map how to fall in love with God, Falling in Love with God will fulfill the desires of all who long for a different–or deeper–relationship with God. This thoroughly Biblical book will help and bless all who long to love God with all their hearts…but just aren’t sure why they don’t, if they could, or how it happens.

 

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Rev. Janice Strawn

Rev. Janice Strawn is a Certified Pastoral Member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative. She has been involved with the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling since 1997.

On March 7, 2013 I renewed my International Rep status at the request of Dr. David Migliore who is the founder and Dean of Students for Global Entrepreneur Institute. Dr. David and I had spent many hours dealing with his temperament needs and how to meet them to bring him through, what he has discovered through God’s revelation, the “Transformation Gap.” Through his own personal quest for victory in his own life, through his desire to learn how to walk in the Spirit, and in his quest to help the many godly men and women who were in leadership positions, be that as fathers, mothers, dentists, teachers, business men or women, community leaders, or ministers, yet who were ‘stuck’ in their own personal lives, put within him an unquenchable desire to be trained in Creation Therapy. That is the prompting that God used to get me to renew my IR status.

At this time I had no idea the doors God was waiting to open up for me to use this amazing tool to touch the world for Jesus. I had no idea that I would be touching lives all over the world, setting captives free as they discover who they are in Christ, how knowing themselves and how God uniquely created them, would help them to know others better, which made them greater communicators, taught them how to handle conflicts, and raised their value in the world by becoming problem solvers,

In 2009 I became a coach in GEI. I was assigned to a student for the institute for one year. We did one principle a week for 40 weeks, they were required to do 4 book reports in that year and one dissertation at the end of the 40 weeks to earn their GEI Personal Mastery Certificate. I have been a coach now for 5 years.

After coaching 23 students, one on one, I have received the Master Coaches Distinction in GEI. The need to train coaches rose up and that is where I am ministering today. God has helped me to develop a Basic Coach Training Manual. In the second lesson within the manual I introduce the coaches in training to the Arno Profile System. Each student takes the APS. Through this introduction the Arno Profile is going viral, so to speak through GEI. I am able to do this all online, and by phone. From my home God is allowing me to be a world changer into various cultures.

Since October of 2013 an interest has broken out with GEI in leaders now enrolling in the course of Creation Therapy. “The Refuge” a ministry in Columbus, Ohio for those fighting addictions, has become ignited with this program to use in their ministry of rehabilitating men from the lifestyle of drug addiction. They have acknowledged that this is what they have been looking for and praying about to close the backdoor for these men which will ultimately increase their success rate in rehabilitating these lives of these precious men. Putting godly men back into their communities and in leadership positions. Five of their leaders are now involved in training and soon will be establishing a class for these men in Created in God’s Image.

In February I will have the honor of taking this material into a local Dentist’s office to train their staff. This will strengthen their team, the homes and personal lives of their staff which will ultimately increase godly productivity, producing fruit, lasting fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Oh, by the way, I am 74 years old. I WAS retired, or so I thought. What was really going on in my short-lived retirement was that I was being re-fired for the best years of my life. What an awesome God we serve.

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Dr. Clarence Joyner

Dr. Clarence W. Joyner, Jr. is a Certified Pastoral member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative.  He has been involved with the SACC and the NCCA since 1988.

Creation Therapy has been an essential part of my life since I took the course in 1988. I could not understand why I was doing some of the things I was doing, why I associated myself with certain people, and why I liked certain colors more than others. I could go on and on about why this and why that, however; I became aware of my answers from taking and teaching Creation Therapy. I finally began to understand why my life as a husband, father, Pastor, and a teacher became more meaningful and spiritually-filled as compared to before I came into the knowledge of Creation Therapy.

On any given Sunday, millions of American individuals become captive audiences in a place of worship, be it large or small, for messages that can change their way of thinking and transform their lives. Since the church is made up of individuals from different households and different parts of the city, the church is considered a community within itself. The church becomes the most recognized, stable institution in the community. The church leaders’ voices are among the most influential voices in the community. It gives one the opportunity to disseminate information of hope and promote wholeness in the mind, body, and spirit for a spiritual perspective. This information is heard by several generations in a family and if applied correctly will make a positive impact on the lives of generations to come.

It appears that the world is hungry for new ways of improving their well-being, how to know God and have a better relationship with Him, and ways to understand themselves. Many individuals don’t understand why they do the things they do, nor understand why they are so quick to be reactive instead of proactive. They don’t know why they want to drive everyone else’s bus and not learn to respect the territories of others.

Creation Therapy is available at Broadway Baptist Church throughout the year in our seminary classes and on Sundays in my sermon deliverance and preparation. I realize that I am preparing and addressing five different types of temperaments every Sunday that God has given us: Melancholy, Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic, and Supine – which God gave as a revelation to the Arnos. Creation Therapy is also available throughout the U.S and some third world countries due to the authors, Dr. Richard and Dr. Phyllis Arno. It gives one an opportunity to learn his or her temperament. This tool will further enable one to learn strengths as well as weaknesses.

Since the church is made up of families from the community, it would be very beneficial for all family members to learn the traits that God gave them from when they were in their mother’s womb. As we come together as one body in Christ, positive changes will take place in the homes, the church, and in the community. Then we will be able to see the crime rate decrease, families talking things out before moving out, and children being more willing to be obedient to whomever is in charge of them instead of trying to take charge themselves.

I have experienced some delightful and inquisitive individuals who wanted to learn more about their temperament. From the pulpit, I talked about Psalm 193: “How wonderful God made us”, and Jeremiah 1:5 “God knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb.” The members wanted to know more and I encouraged them to take Creation Therapy.  As I began to teach members of my congregation, the word began to spread in the community. I met a lot of people who did not understand why they behaved in the manner in which they did.

The Melancholy, if I could sum them up, would be clever and profound. Matthew 5:48 “Be therefore perfect, even as your Father which therefore is in Heaven is perfect.” I learned that most Melancholies want to be perfect and always right in their dealings in the church, home, and their jobs. They can easily accept and talk about their strength that God gave them but find it very difficult to accept and acknowledge their weaknesses.

When addressing the Cholerics, as there have been several assigned to my classes, which I found to be difficult because I am also a Choleric in Control, I was often challenged regarding my points of view. Even in my decision making concerning the church, I had to deal with Cholerics who were not using good judgment according to the word of God. At times we all want to take control of our homes, church, and those in our social environments. I emphasize to Cholerics in my congregation that making good choices according to the word of God is pleasing in God’s sight. I stress the importance that we must realize that God is the head of the church and not man. I further stress that with the help of the Holy Spirit, those operating with this temperament can accomplish great things.

When a student of mine learned that she was a Choleric in Control, she immediately said to me, “I need to go to the alter right now and repent. I knew I was controlling but not to the point that my controlling actions were having a negative effect on me and the people in my circle.” After hearing similar responses, I reminded students of the following scripture: 1 Corinthians 15: 10, “By the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

In reference to the Sanguine temperaments in the class, their individual motto was “having fun” and they kept the class laughing. Even after working all day, they come to class full of energy and bright as the sunshine. They were the students who always wanted to stay overtime. Those just entering ministry for the first time would stop me after class to share their ideas for learning how to effectively evangelize to others in the community.

Phlegmatics on the other hand were always those in the class waiting and watching what others had to say. It appeared they enjoyed the possibility of others not knowing how to read the expressions on their faces. After understanding how the Phlegmatics functioned, especially in my congregation, I was able to overcome the non-expressions presented on their faces or whether or not they agreed with the message going forth. After experiencing personal time with them, I realized that they were well-rounded people. I would share the following scripture to encourage them: John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” I can truly see that the Phlegmatics are observers and they don’t “sweat it”. They have learned that it is Jesus Christ that provides the peace and security in their lives.

The last temperament that I have observed in my congregation is the Supine temperament. If I had to sum this temperament up, it would be, “A servant of God well done.” As we learned in Matthew 20:28, “Jesus came to serve and not be served.” As I now look over my congregation, I see that God has placed some wonderful Supines in the membership who are truly servants of God and not of man.

In conclusion, as I examined my congregational audience, I had the privilege of witnessing how the majority of the temperaments unite together to glorify God. They deny themselves as I continue to minister to them the word of God. After teaching Creation Therapy to my members and others, I want them to realize that despite what their temperament is, God can use it to strengthen each individual’s walk with the Lord.

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Temperament Corner

THE POWER OF WORDS

              A careless word may kindle strife;

              A cruel word may wreck a life.

             A bitter word may hate instill;

             A brutal word may smite and kill.

             A gracious word may smooth the way;

             A joyous word may light the day.

             A timely word may lessen stress;

             A loving word may heal and bless.

                                                    Author Unknown

                                   A word fitly spoken is like

                                            Apples of gold

                               in pictures of silver.

                                                       Proverb 25:11

               But I say unto you, that every idle word that

               men shall speak, they shall give account thereof

               in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou 

               shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be 

               condemned.

                                                   Matthew 12:36-37

COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY WITH THE CHOLERIC IN INCLUSION.

Temperament Corner by Phyllis ArnoCommunication is the key to all relationships.  When we do not communicate properly, the results can be devastating.  Miscommunicating can cause anger, wars,  murders, family splits, divorces, etc.

The Free Dictionary on the Internet describes the word communication to mean: “a. the art and technology of using words effectively to impact information or ideas. This would be verbal communication.”

Archie Bunker, the rather blunt father in the old TV series, “All in the Family,” made this statement:

THE REASON YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ME, EDITH, IS BECAUSE I AM TALKIN’ TO YOU IN ENGLISH AND YOU’RE LISTENIN’ TO ME IN “DINGBAT!”

I am sure that at one time or another, we have probably all felt like saying that to someone who does not understand what we are trying to communicate to them.

However, when counseling, you cannot say what Archie Bunker said, but what you can do is learn to understand your counselee’s God-given temperament.

As a temperament counselor you know that we are not all “wired” the same. Each temperament acts, responds and perceives things differently.

When you are counseling an individual with a temperament different than yours, you need to learn to set your temperament tendencies aside and counsel this person according to their temperament.

In this issue we are going to look at the Choleric in Inclusion to see how to communicate with them according to their temperament.

When you communicate with them:

1. You should not say:

You pretend to like people; however, you are really task-oriented and you are just getting the job done.

You should probably say:

You tend to appear people-oriented so that you can accomplish your leadership abilities because you are task-oriented and need to get the job done by the best possible means.

2. You should not say:

You hate going out to social events, meetings, etc. You would rather be somewhere else, especially if you do not have an agenda.

You should probably say:

You tend to dislike going out to social events, meetings, etc., if you do not have an agenda; however, if you have something to promote or accomplish, you will probably go and have a great time.

3.  You should not say:

You only organize social events so that you can receive recognition and approval. You will become angry if you do not receive recognition and approval.

You should probably say:

You tend to be a great social organizer, and you need to receive recognition for what you do.  If you do not receive this recognition, you may become angry when you know that you have done a good job.

4.  You should not say:

You want to take vengeance on anyone that has wronged you.  You do this by thinking of ways to get back at them.

You should probably say:

You tend to think a great deal and, at times, you may think about getting even if someone has wronged you. However, you usually do not act upon your thoughts.

5.  You should not say:

You have a terrible temper and you can be mean and cruel.  You will tend to use your anger in order to make people do what you want.

You should probably say:

You tend to have a temper.  You should not use this temper to try to motivate people to accomplish your goals.

6.  You should not say: 

You must do this or you must do that.

You should probably say: 

You must decide for yourself what is best for you to do.

When counseling a Choleric in Inclusion, you need to be aware of the following regarding this temperament:

You do not want to approach the Choleric in Inclusion by criticizing them or putting them down because they may tend to become angry and not be open to what you are trying to communicate to them.

For instance, you may be explaining something to them, and they do not hear what you are telling them because they are thinking about what they want to tell you– how you should have said what you are just telling them.

You also need to remember that your tone of voice is important!  A condemning or condescending tone can be offensive to the Choleric counselee. Remember, that it is not only what you say but it is also the tone of voice you say it in!  Tone of voice can indicate more than words.

Because they are leaders in the Inclusion area, they like to control the conversation, especially when it is about them.  Remember, they are the temperament that can walk into a room and totally change the conversation to what they want to talk about.

Sometimes you might even think to yourself:  “Give me a script and I will say it exactly as you wrote it.”

However, since you know that they are a Choleric in Inclusion, you need to suggest to them that you have a few things to cover with them and then you will give them the opportunity to express their thoughts.

As you can see, communicating according to a person’s unique temperament is invaluable.  The Choleric in Inclusion will learn that:

1. You have shown them respect for who God created them to be.

2. You have given them the opportunity to share their thoughts.

3. They need to respect the people around them and appreciate them for who

    God created them to be, just as you have shown them respect for who God 

    created them to be.

When you teach a Choleric in Inclusion to learn to submit to God and His headship, they will be more respectful to others. They cannot be a good leader until they have submitted to those in authority over them; otherwise, how can they expect others to submit to their authority?

Please remember, God created a Choleric in Inclusion with leadership capabilities and they are needed for the Kingdom of God. 

It is important to know that each temperament has strengths and weaknesses, and we need to always remember that God created the Choleric in Inclusion to lead; therefore, we need to encourage them to become good leaders.

PLEASE NOTE:  These are temperament tendencies, and, as always, while you are counseling the Choleric in Inclusion you must take into consideration their walk with the Lord, learned behavior, personality and birth order.

In the next issue we will look at ways to communicate with a Melancholy in Inclusion counselee.

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Dr. Mary J. Huntley
Dr. Mary J. Huntley

Dr. Mary J. Huntley is a Certified Pastoral member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative.  She has been involved with the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling since 2006. 

Dr. Huntley has always been a people helper.  She feels honored to help empower others to reach their potential and fulfill their God given purpose.  Though she had many detours along life’s maze, Trinity Global Empowerment Ministries, Inc. was born in her heart on September 28, 2003 at 11:02 AM. God very clearly said to her “I am sending you to identify with my people. Many have been hurt, many have been rejected, but you must show them that I love them with an everlasting love…”   She shared the vision with her husband Dr. Ronald Lee Huntley and they began to pray and seek God. As ordained ministers, they are aware that God released them off His assembly line with a pre-ordained purpose. Therefore, they wanted to fulfill God’s purpose and bring him Glory.

They began preparations for the ministry of hurting people. They received Doctorates of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling in 2008, with the University of Family Bible. As a member of the National Christian Counselors (N.C.C.A.) Advanced Certifications include Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Group Therapy, Death & Grief Therapy, Crisis and Abuse Therapy, and Board Certified Temperament Therapy. They are also N.C.C.A. Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselors.

Life had offered its share of hurt, rejection, and pain. Now it was time to share their journey to the Potter’s House.  We know that each day can bring a very unique and challenging set of situations, and circumstances.  Therefore, we purpose to help God’s precious hurting people navigate the maze of life, by coming alongside them, and assuring them that life can be beautiful in Christ.  We work with the tri-part man to ensure that healing is provided in its entirety.  We believe that faith-based counseling is the answer to every problem faced today.

In 2006 Drs. Huntley were introduced to an awesome Christian teaching known as Creation Therapy. Teaching Creation Therapy and utilizing the Arno Profile System (APS) created by Drs. Richard G. and Phyllis J. Arno are very beneficial resources to help our clients navigate life daily.  The information is presented in an encouraging and non-threatening manner. This easy to learn counseling technique has achieved a success rate of over 90%. It is necessary to have an APS temperament score in order to determine which of these reports is relevant. Temperament covers three areas known as Inclusion (covers social interactions, surface relationships & intellectual energies), Control (covers the need to establish and maintain a satisfactory relationship with people in regard to control and power) and Affection (covers the need for love and affection, and the need for deep personal relationships).

It helps each individual understand how God created him/her.  Creation Therapy empowers individuals to understand whether they are Melancholy, Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, or Supine.  In essence, temperament is the in-born part of man that determines how he reacts to people, places and things. In short, it is how people interact with their environments and the world around them. The theory of temperament is a means for a counselor to understand the inner workings of an individual. In other words it is how our Father, Creator God designed us. As God’s creation, He knew us before we entered our mother’s womb. Therefore, He gave us every necessary ingredient to fulfill our pre-ordained purpose, and bring Him glory! 

Drs. Huntley recently utilized the APS to counsel a couple who has been divorced for ten years.  After much prayer, and several sessions later “God is moving in an awesome manner in this NEW relationship.”  They are now communicating again, and praying together as a family.  To God Be ALL the glory!

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Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World Through Imperfect People

By: John Burke

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Why did folks who seemed far from God become Christ’s devoted followers? Because Jesus saw precious works of art beneath layers of sin, anxiety, and fear! Exploring Jesus’ encounters with “messy” people, Burke shows how to restore others to God through speaking the truth in love, respecting freedom, and more. (Previously titled as Mud and the Masterpiece.)

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  COUNSELING UTILIZING THE ARNO PROFILE SYSTEM (APS)

Dr. Phyllis J. Arno

Temperament Corner by Phyllis Arno

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14

 God has given us a unique tool to help His hurting people.  It is the Arno Profile System (APS).

As a trained temperament counselor you are not only counseling the people that come to you with their problems; you are teaching them about their God-given temperament.

When counseling, you generate a Clinical Report.  This report will give you a clear understanding of this person’s temperament strengths and weaknesses. However, this Clinical Report is not to be given to the counselee as this information is designed for clinical interpretation.

If at all possible it would be best if you had a session with this person before you explained their APS profile.  In so doing, you will have a clearer picture of what is going on in this person’s life.

Once you have this clear picture, you will then be able to not only teach them about temperament, but also share with them who God created them to be by revealing their strengths and weaknesses.

When explaining your counselee’s temperament to them and revealing their strengths and weaknesses, you need to remember that all this information is new to them. You need to give this information to them in a gentle way, approaching them as a teacher. Give them a strength and then a weakness; please do not reveal all their weaknesses at once as it may overwhelm them and they may feel defeated or discouraged.  Approaching them in this manner will give the person you are counseling the opportunity to “digest” the information that you have just given them.

Remember, they do not have the temperament training that you have and, they are not there to be taught how to counsel, they are there to be counseled as well as to learn about their unique temperament.

In order to be an effective temperament counselor, it is important that you set aside your own temperament and put yourself in the shoes of the person you are counseling.

You may never totally understand your counselee’s temperament needs, strengths and weaknesses; but with temperament training, you can help your counselees to understand who God created them to be.

LET’S REVIEW THE STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED….

  1. Ascertain the reason for counseling.
  2. Administer the APS—tell them they are responding to statements (you can reassure them this is not a test); they should take no longer than 10 minutes; and there are no right or wrong answers.
  3. Greet your counselee in an encouraging manner. Make sure your initial encounter is professional, friendly, genuine and Christ-like. Remember, you never get a second chance at a first impression.  Please dress professionally.
  4. Briefly discuss your credentials.
  5. Explain to your counselee what they can expect from you during their session.
  6. Obtain Medical History.
  7. Obtain Spiritual History.
  8. Obtain Social History.
  9. Have counselee complete an Intake questionnaire.
  10. Have counselee complete a stress assessment.
  11. Review the APS with your counselee and briefly explain:

      * The purpose of temperament: God has uniquely created them!

Psalm 139:14-18

      * There is no right or wrong (good or bad) temperaments

      * There are three areas of temperament:

INCLUSION—social orientation and intellectual energies

CONTROL—willingness to make decisions and to accept responsibility

for self and/or others

AFFECTION—need to express and receive love and approval, a need for

deep, personal relationships

      * That within our temperament we all have STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES

      * We ALL HAVE NEEDS and that:

  • When attempting to meet your needs, you sometimes do things that are not godly.
  • Knowing your temperament can help you to better understand yourself.
  • It will also help you to learn how to meet your needs in a godly way, and that,
  • It will also enlighten you as to why you do the things you do.

You must never give a counselee a copy of the APS Clinical report.  It is clinical and for your eyes only!

You can purchase the Special SPP reports to provide a personal report that you may hand out to your counselee.  It is a one-time purchase and you cannot generate an SPP report for your counselee until you have first purchased the Clinical report.

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Dr. Rickey A. Nation
Dr. Rickey A. Nation

Dr. Rickey A. Nation of Oliver Springs, TN is a Certified Pastoral member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative.  He has been involved with the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling since March 20, 2003.

Philippians 2:13 states, “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

As an International Representative for the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling, God is at work in miraculous ways. Please allow me to share these exciting testimonies of changed lives. They are as follows:

“With God and your help, my life is being saved.” – Business owner

“For the first time in my life, I feel the love of God.” – Retired school teacher

“I am happy for the first time ever. I am free to be myself.” – Student, Senior

What incredible testimonies of the Power-of-God at work. Some lives are changed so radically, it is difficult to comprehend. If I were not talking to students by email, phone or seeing counselees in sessions being changed, I would have a difficult time believing these changes. Moreover, God is using the APS model of counseling to change lives in miraculous ways. Praise His Holy Name!

It is very important, even vital, for us to be highly skilled in using the APS model of counseling, but also, to be diligent in reaching out to train others in this revolutionary and God blessed method.

I recall a conversation with Dr. Arno several years ago. He said, “Brother, you need to train others.” What Dr. Arno did not know was God placed in my heart a vision to train others. However, I was struggling, at that time, to implement an effective program of training. The Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling provided that program and the rest is history. While we have not, so far, trained large numbers of students, God gives us a good balance between counseling others using the APS and training. I must admit, it is challenging at times to counsel and train, but when I hear and read testimonies that have been previously shared, God reminds me that I am in the center of His Will. Praise His Holy Name!

A big thank you to Drs. Richard and Phyllis Arno for their work and labor in researching and developing the APS, and willingly sharing it with others such that we all can experience, For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13

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Betrothed: An Intimate Face-to-Face Walk With God

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Four thousand years ago God chose a people for a specific purpose, which has remained constant to this very day. That purpose was to reveal His desire for an intimate relationship. Through their language, history, and culture we can come to an understanding of God’s nature as He reveals how to walk in a holy lifestyle. In Betrothed we see this plan of God revealed conceptually through the entirety of Scripture, that His ultimate goal is to select and prepare a bride for His Son. Many Christians today talk about being the Bride of Christ, but few realize the extent that God has gone to in bringing this reality to the heart of the believer. This is not only a place of position but a valid and real place of experience. We spend our Christian journey in the maze of performance and never fully realize that the major work for this intimate relationship has been provided through Jesus Christ. It has been lost to us through doctrines and theologies that have little or nothing to do with relationship itself. In Betrothed we understand, from God’s perspective, what it means to be married to His Son. Jesus spent much of His earthly ministry teaching us about His upcoming marriage. This understanding, however, has been clouded by the Western mindset to the point that marriage to Jesus has become simply a theological term with no real meaning. As we move back into a Hebraic understanding of the New Testament, the revelation of marriage to Jesus becomes remarkably clear. Statements of intimacy such as “Thou shalt have none other gods before me” (Deuteronomy 5:7) and “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2) take on new and exciting meanings. Betrothed will leave the reader with a clearer picture of how to walk in a more intimate relationship with the Father. Many old beliefs will be challenged as one truly understands what it means to be the Bride of Christ. Betrothed is the experiential walk of an average believer who desires to find fullness in intimacy with God. Douglas A. Wheeler, PhD, ThD, is a pastor and professor teaching the Scriptures from the original Hebraic language, history and culture. Dr. Wheeler has authored other works, including The Menorah: A Picture of the Christian Life, Hebrew Bible Study Methodology, Benching and the Early Christian Meal, The Salt of the Earth, The Law of the Fringe, The Echad of God, and For the Love of God. Dr. Wheeler travels extensively, teaching on these and other subjects. He is currently senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church. He is also president of Jubilee Christian College and Jubilee Graduate School of Jewish/Christian Studies. He is married to his wife, Joyce, of twenty-five years and has two sons and three grandchildren. The ultimate goal of his life is to walk in an ongoing personal, intimate relationship with the Lord and to teach others to do the same.

 

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