Reviews of Dr. Peterman’s latest book: Encourage Others

WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK!  by Toby Drews
I am so moved by this book. As an alcoholism counselor, I try to help recovering alcoholics see beneath the surface as to their “missing links” to others — see “way down in the engine room” what makes them tick, where they might still be selfish and self-centered and not even know it . . . and who wants to see “their blind spots” in their recovery, to help them attain peace of mind, to more deeply love others, and to please God. This book has so many AHA’s in it ——-helps us all see the nuances that get in the way of truly helping and encouraging others. Things, as a counselor, I’ve never thought of as being as important as they are. This book is also so important to help sponsors in twelve-step programs, to learn how to better encourage their sponsees, their “pigeons.” What a Blessing this book is.

How can I effectively help those in crisis of any kind?” Stop wondering and start reading Encourage Others.  by Marjie Reed

This book answered many questions for me as to how to effectively help those who in crisis of any kind. This book is clear, concise and well supported by great men of the faith. This writer has thoroughly researched the subject of exhortation from Scripture. It is a great book to read and have on the shelf for reference when dealing with a problem that we as lay-people may not know how to handle. I can imagine that professional counselors could greatly benefit from the guidance in this book, as well. Encourage Others is easy to read and full of insight and helps. A must for anyone who desires to be an effective help to those with a hurting heart.

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Can a Christian go a casino to eat and not to gamble?

by Kenneth O. Peterman

Going to dinner at a casino is not a sin as far as I can determine, but the greater question is: is it wise?

I’m sure some Christians will argue that casinos offer great bargains on food and entertainment and they may very well be right. And, I suppose, there are some Christians who might be able to take advantage of these offers without gambling or getting involved in wrong.

The question is not whether they can do it but should they?

First Thessalonians 5:22 encourages us not only to avoid sin but also to avoid the very appearance of wrong doing when it says, Abstain from all appearance of evil. I doubt whether anyone would question that casinos are identified with the darker side of life: the entertainment, the seductive dress of the waitresses and many of the patrons, the greed of the gamblers, the emphasis on drinking, and the pleasure seeking all indicate more of an appearance of evil, than of godliness.

Years ago while attending an antique show in Atlantic City, New Jersey, I decided to walk into one of the casinos on the Boardwalk. It didn’t take very long to realize that I wasn’t exactly in the most edifying environment. Actually, the Scripture encourages that we choose the very opposite surroundings: Flee youthful lust: but follow righteousness . . . (2 Timothy 2:22); Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11); Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. (Titus 2:12) These verses operate far from the world of the casino.

Although the original question assumes the individual only wants to eat and not to gamble, he must remember that the overall character and purpose of a casino is to gamble—nothing more, nothing less! The more you hang around the casino, the more likely you are to gamble. The effect of the environment might be more devastating than you think. The situation could be very much like the man who bought a baby boa constrictor as a pet. He enjoyed the snake as it was growing, and often allowing it to entangled itself around his body when showing it off to friends. Without realizing it, the snake became much stronger than the man thought and the next time he allowed the snake to entangle his body, his friends were horrified when they heard his bones begin to crush as the man struggled in vain to get out of the snake’s grip. But it was too late. Could this type of thing happen to someone who becomes enamored with a casino?

Just for the sake of argument, let’s suppose you can handle dining at a casino without being tempted to gamble. What about the influence on your family members and friends? Do you have the right to exercise your liberty in light of the possibility of stumbling a weaker brother or sister in the Lord? First Corinthians 8: 9 says otherwise, But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak. Do you want other believers to copy your example and possibly fall into temptation? Do you want those in your family to follow your lead? Do you really want your children to grow up in such a compromised atmosphere?

Ask yourself: Is the advantage of enjoying a dinner at a casino worth the possible disadvantages to yourself, to your family, and to other believers?

It’s your decision, but why not exercise your liberty and go to another restaurant.

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Sparks Fly At Christmas

By Kenneth O. Peterman
On Christmas day during a short after-dinner devotional I simply asked the family to give me their opinion about a portion of Scripture. I never thought it would turn into a rousing discussion with strong interaction.

I used for my text the simple and familiar verse of John 1:14 that states, And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us . . . mentioning that the Word was obviously Jesus who was made flesh. I touched on the subject that His incarnation at the stable in Bethlehem was not the first time He appeared on earth and gave a couple of the appearances of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament. So far, so good. then I said, “now I would like your opinion of the rendering by one author of the next phrase . . . and dwelt among us. He worded the text like this . . . And the Word was made flesh and moved into our neighborhood!* What do you think of the phrase, . . . and moved into our neighborhood?”

I could see by their faces they had strong and differing opinions. Some felt the phrase was condescending for the Lord; others felt that it seems to reflect the exact condescension that Jesus took upon Himself when He came as a babe at Bethlehem; others felt it was justified because it seemed to represent a paraphrase (a rewording of the English) and not a translation of the original text.

I won’t tell you how our discussion concluded because I want you to think about it.

* I am not sure of the source of this phrase, but I think it is Eugene Peterson’s book, The Message.

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Why is faith essential for victory in our spiritual battle?

by Kenneth O. Peterman

Faith allows us to overcome the ungodly world system in which we live.

First John 5:4 says, For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. The word translated world does not refer to the world of matter or to the world of nature or to the world of humanity, but to the system of ungodly principles that governs unbelievers. The shield of faith successfully deals with the principles of the ungodly world system.

In chapter 2:16 of this same epistle, John categorizes the contents of the ungodly world system when he says, for all that is in the world (system), the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (system).

The lust of the flesh includes the fiery darts of uncontrolled passion, impurity, indulgence and independence from God. The lust of the eyes includes the fiery darts of greed, shameless self-promotion, pomp, and selfishness. The pride of life includes the fiery darts of arrogance, pride, personal ambition, status-seeking, and self-glorification. We have all seen these fiery darts destroy friendships, cause divorce, encourage suicide, produce mental and emotions breakdowns, and induce financial ruin.

We utilize the shield of faith against the world system when we:

Combat the lust of the flesh through holiness.

Foundational verse: 1 Corinthians 6:10, 11 says, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (11) And such were some of you; but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

We overcome the lust of the flesh when we:

Think and meditate upon good and godly things: Philippians 4:8 says, Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Love one another: 1 Timothy 1:5 says, Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned . . .
Flee youthful lusts: 2 Timothy 2:22 (a) says, Flee also youthful lusts,
Follow righteous living: 2 Timothy 2:22 (b) says, but follow righteousness, faith, love, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Avoid temptation: 2 Corinthians 10:13 says, There has no temptation taken you but such as in common to man; but God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted above that you are able, but will, with the temptation, also make the way to escape that you may be able to bear it.

God promises to sustain us in holiness. Our holiness does not depend upon our own strength but on the promises of God.

Combat the lust of the eyes through hospitality.

Foundational verse: Romans 12:13 says, Distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitality.

We combat the lust of the eyes when we:

Give to needy believers: Romans 12:13 says, Distributing to the necessity of the saints; given to hospitality.
Visit those in prison: Hebrews 13:2 says, Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them who suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
Serve others in need with our time, money, and energy: 1 Peter 4:9 says, Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

It’s difficult to be greedy and selfish when you are serving others by sharing your money, time, and energy.

Combat the pride of life through humility.

Foundational verse: Ephesians 4:1 says, I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation to which you are called . . .

We combat the pride of life when we:

Forbear one another in love: Ephesians 4:2 says, With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love,
Keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace: Ephesians 4:3 says, Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Do nothing through strife or vainglory: Philippians 2:3 says, (a) Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory. . .
Consider others first: Philippians 2:3 (b) says, . . . but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Philippians 2:4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Submit to the elder: 1 Peter 5:5 (a) says, . . . you younger, submit yourselves unto the elder . . .
Subject yourselves one to another: 1 Peter 5:5 (b) says, . . . Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility . . .

God does not expect us to conjure up the ability to be holy; He provides that ability through the indwelling presence and control of the Holy Spirit of God. As we yield to the Spirit, holiness is a natural result. The more time we spend in holy pursuits, the less time will be spent pursuing deeds of arrogance and pride.

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SEVEN BASIC NEEDS OF CHILDREN by Kenneth O. Peterman

SEVEN BASIC NEEDS OF CHILDREN by Kenneth O. Peterman

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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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. tinysa.com/sermon/113131225343

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A BIBLICAL THOUGHT ABOUT ABORTION

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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