Category Archive for: ‘In the Redeemer’s Hands’


1. We need God and his truth to live as we were meant to live (Gen 1:26; 2 Tim 3:16-17). 2. Each of us has been called by God to be his instrument of change in the lives of others, beginning with our families and the church (Eph 4:11-16; Col 3:15-17) 3. Our behavior is rooted in the thoughts and …

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Do II: Applying Change to Everyday Life

This chapter explores the idea that encouragement and accountability are important to applying truth to people’s lives and that none of us were designed by God to live in isolation from this.  We are created anew to be dependent upon one another – this again destroys the concept of the counselor as “guru” to focus on the fact that a …

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Do I: Applying Change to Everyday Life

Change always demands a deeper understanding of the things of God and a more careful application of those truths to our lives.  Change is a lifelong process and won’t be over until we’re in glory.  As we encourage change, dealing with the needs of the present moment is not the highest priority but it is answering God’s call to holiness …

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Speak II: The Process of Speaking Truth in Love

Tripp begins by ensuring that our agenda is straight as confrontation is a normal part of relationship.  Our agenda must be driven as ambassadors of God’s redemptive work.  He lays out his steps of the confrontation process.  The goal is not to give people a list of changes from Scripture or tell them what we think of them.  We want …

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Speak I: Speaking the Truth in Love

Rebuke is the word the Bile uses for bringing truth to where change is needed but most of us don’t react positively when we hear it.[1]  The purpose of this chapter is to consider the biblical model of rebuke as a part of the Speak component of personal ministry.  He sets forth the following principles: Confrontation is rooted in submission …

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Getting to Know People – Part II

Personal ministry gets you involved with people who are lost in the chaos of life, whose lives are complicated by their own foolish decisions or the sins of others.  You will hear attempted solutions that failed and how the Enemy will destroy through deception, division as well as the impact of poor thinking and deficient counsel.[1]  It’s not about knowing …

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Getting to Know People

Tripp starts out by noting that many of us have permanently casual relationship and we never really get to know people or assume that we know them based on our own experiences.  We tend to be either too busy or think that we struggle with unique problems that nobody else suffers.  Tripp admonishes that we must move beyond the casual …

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Identify with Suffering and Accept with Agenda

The Scriptures declare the Sovereignty of God, that God is good, and that God has a purpose for our suffering. It also explains the many reasons why people suffer. As we enter into others’ experiences of suffering we want our responses to be shaped by compassionate Biblical thinking. In his third element of love, Tripp calls us to identify with …

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Entering Their World

Tripp encourages us to recognize a “God-given entry gate” in to a particular person’s experience of the situation, problem, or relationship. It is not what I think the person is struggling with but listening to what the person states they see as the problem. You can recognize entry gates by listening with purpose and focusing on the person in the …

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The Wonderful Counselor

Four words represent four aspects of a personal ministry relationship, four ways to serve as ambassador in someone’s life:  Love, Know, Speak, and Do.[1]  These are not phases but elements of biblical ministry.  Love highlights the importance of relationship in the process of change.  Know has to do with getting acquainted with the people God sends our way.  Speak involves …

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