A NEED TO BELONG: to be wanted
Wise parents develop a unity with the family that includes all children equally. Children need to be a member of a unified whole.
Scripture: I Corinthians 12:12-31; Genesis 33:5.

A NEED FOR UNIQUENESS: to be an individual
Wise parents create a sends of individuality in each child. Children need to know their distinctive contribution to the whole based upon their talents and abilities.
Scripture: Psalm 139

A NEED FOR CONTROL: to cope with their environment
Wise parents teach their children how to control their environment by exercising their abilities by solving problems.
Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:15-17

A NEED FOR RECOGNITION: to be appreciated
Wise parents recognize the unique accomplishments of each child.
Scripture: Proverbs 20:11

A NEED FOR COMMUICATION: to be in touch with others
Wise parents develop social skills by encouraging proper inter-action within the family.
Scripture: Ephesians 4:29; 5:1

A NEED FOR DISCIPLINE: to be corrected
Wise parents encourage a sense of responsibility by implementing a consistent discipline program.
Scripture: Ephesians 6:4

A NEED FOR INDEPENDENCE: to be responsible
Wise parents foster risk-taking tasks and projects for each child according to their abilities.
Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

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Watch video of New Christian Book about Encouragement by Dr. Peterman

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Prophecy coming to pass before our eyes?

This week at the United Nations both Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin gave speeches. It seems rather clear that Present Obama surrendered his place as a world leader and allowed President Putin to step into the vacuum. Perhaps we cannot make a final conclusion from a single situation but it may indicate the future path of these two great powers. It is interesting that Ezekiel 38 clearly states that Russia will be a world power at the end of the age – not the Soviet Union – but Russia. It sure seems as though Putin is building that nation up again to take a leadership role in the world and that President Obama is doing everything he can to lessen our authority on the world stage. Just recently I listened to a very timely and important sermon in Isaiah by one of my friends who is well-equipped to give such an exposition. He received the highest award given in Theology at Grace Theological Seminary and over the years has honed his ability as an expositor. This message is an exposition of Isaiah 3:1-15 entitled Chaos of a Collapsing Society, Part 1. It’s scary how accurately this message mirrors our nation today! Click the following link to hear the message.

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by Kenneth O. Peterman

Just recently, the hideousness of abortion surfaced again in the unspeakable videos allegingly exposing the practices of Planned Parenthood. One must bear in mind that the biblical definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13 includes the concept of protection. In verse 7, “beareth all things” literally means to protect or to cover. Protect from what? Protect from harm and danger. And who needs protection more than an innocent, vulnerable and defenseless baby in the womb? Consequently, those who abort babies cannot claim to have any understanding of God’s love because the protection aspect of God’s love and abortion are mutually exclusive. Abortion is a clear violation of God’s protective love.

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NEW IN PAPERBACK BY DR. PETERMAN – ENCOURAGE OTHERS: Support and Strengthen Fellow Believers

Encouraging others is a lot like archery. Any child at summer camp can shoot a bow and arrow. While it is easy to learn; it is hard to perfect. Likewise, everyone can encourage others but not everyone can hit the bullseye. This book perfects you into a master spiritual encourager, understanding more in-depth the stresses people face, appreciating more completely the contexts in which people suffer, comprehending more fully the scope and power of this gift.  In Encourage Others you will learn to help others from a biblical perspective, to string your bow of compassion toward the needy in your family and in the church – and to hit the mark! Encourage Others is now in paperback for only $6.99 and still in ebook format for $4.99. Click the link below to read more or to buy the paperback or ebook format.

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By Kenneth O. Peterman


Biblical counseling centers around the Word of God, believing that “it is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). The Christian therapist believes in and uses the Word of God in the counseling sessions and in the homework assignments. Certainly other counseling means are used but God’s Word is the basis of the whole counseling process.


Biblical counseling offers specific and definite answers to problems that lead to addiction, problems such as loneliness, fear, worry, rejection, pride, neglect, broken relationships — just to name a few. As these pressures and problems are dealt with from the Word of God, the counselee realizes that there is no more need to use drugs to solve his or her everyday problems. The Word of God offers a new and wonderful lifestyle along with the power and the motivation to live in it. Consequently, the individual is delivered from the ungodly context and lifestyle associated with addiction.


When a man or woman accepts Christ as Savior, he or she becomes a new creation in Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The core of a person’s existence changes, experiencing something never experienced before: a new life, a new motivation, a new viewpoint, a new power and a new purpose. This wonderful reality is the basis of and the reason for the success of Christian therapy.


Christian therapy deals with the root of all addictive behavior: sin. Once a counselee comes to Christ as Savior, then and only then can he or she have victory over sin. Only as an individual grows in the Lord through the Word of God can they experience the practical victory over previous sinful behavior. Christian therapy strives to help a counselee understand the principles of the Word of God and the victorious experience of living in their new nature.

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Distinctives of Christian Therapy

by Dr. Kenneth O. Peterman

While many different types of counseling today represent themselves as Christian, some are much less than Christian and others are downright frauds. How can we know the difference? What makes Christian therapy obviously Christian and definitely genuine is its approach to the Word of God. The therapist or counselor who puts the Word of God at the center of his or her practice is genuinely Christian. It’s not enough to come from a religious or a general Christian perspective — the Word of God must be the basis and emphasis of truly Christian counseling.

In order to evaluate a true Christian or biblical therapy, there are several distinctives to consider:

True Christian therapy views a drug or alcohol abuser as a person, not as a label such as addict or drunkard.

This is not just a play on words. The genuine Christian counselor does not define his client in terms of his addiction. When a person is labeled an addict or a drunk, he begins to define himself as such and greatly hinders his struggle for freedom. A true Christian counselor stays away from labels and sees his client as a person who obviously needs help.

True Christian therapy views recovery as an accomplished fact for the believer.

Biblical therapy sees the Christian individual not working toward recovery but from victory which has already taken place in Christ. Second Peter 1:3, 4 says, “According to his divine power hath he given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness . . . by which are given unto us exceedingly great and precious promises, that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature . . .” In Christ each believer receives a new nature – a divine nature – that combats the old sinful nature and guarantees victory. Born-again believers are working from a victorious position in Christ and not from the failure position of the addictive old nature.

True Christian therapy views a born-again person as capable of dealing with his or her addiction through the implementation of biblical principles.

When a person receives the divine nature by new birth, he or she is encouraged to grow in the Lord (2 Peter 3:18) through knowing the Word of God and through implementing all the precious promises given in God’s word. This divine nature forms the basis for a totally new lifestyle. This new lifestyle provides new motivations, new desires, new wants and new needs with the goal and purpose of changing character. In other words, true Christian counseling does not merely reform a man’s conduct but transforms his character with permanent results.

True Christian therapy deals with why an individual is addicted, not merely with his addiction.

True Christian therapy deals with the root of a man’s problem and not merely with symptoms. Biblical counseling deals with — sin! Treating addiction as sin is vitally important to recovery because it is the only way to provide lasting hope. Treating addiction as a disease is hopeless because there is no cure to this condition and there is a permanent loss of control. Organizations (like AA) view addiction as a disease which can never be cured. The motto of these organizations is “Once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic.” This is a dismal and dark conclusion that true Christian counseling cannot and will not accept. My ebook What is Alcoholism? explains why alcoholism is a sin and not a disease.

Use these four guidelines to evaluate Christian counselors and therapists.

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How Should I Honor My Parents? by Dr. Kenneth Peterman

This brief (twenty one) but mighty eBook tells you all you have to know about honoring parents from a biblical perspective. It outlines five biblical facets of honor and supports them from both the Old and New Testaments. The specific five-fold definition provides a clear basis to evaluate how God wants us to honor our parents. It also answers the questions: How should I honor my parents if I am out from under their authority? What are the biblical and practical benefits of honoring parents? In what ways does God bless those who honor their parents? It costs only $0.99! Click the link below to order from

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NEW EBOOK BY DR. PETERMAN – ENCOURAGE OTHERS – Support and Strengthen Fellow Believers

Have you ever wanted to encourage a grieving believer but your questions hindered you from approaching him or her? Questions like, Do they want to be left alone? Should I encourage them to talk about their departed loved one? What should I say? Should I say anything? What do they need most in their time of grief? These questions and many others are answered in this book. In addition, other stressful situations are included beside grief such as dealing with sickness, loneliness, disappointment in life, providential situations, moral issues and worldliness.

This book defines and provides the scope and breath of this valuable gift of exhortation or encouragement. Those with this ability have a power to support and strengthen fellow believers in a supernatural way. Such a gift is not for the faint hearted but for those burdened to share their faith: with those in physical sickness, with those in emotional turmoil, with those under spiritual pressure and with those in mental torment.

If you are interested in helping others, you may have this gift of exhortation or encouragement. Find out from a totally biblical perspective exactly what this gift entails and the context in which it is used. This ability is especially needed in the church today and in Christian families. Anyone with this gift is a very valuable person. Here are some of the chapters:

The source and purpose of spiritual gifts,
The gift of exhortation (encouragement),
The context of the gift of exhortation (encouragement),
The gift of exhortation – how does it operate today in stressful situations?
How is this gift discovered?
The gifted individual’s responsibility.

Get this book now and begin to understand the wonderful scope and power of the ability to encourage others. Learn how to equip yourself to use this gift in your family and in the church.

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