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http://www.greeleygazette.com – July 22,2011

YOUR MARRIAGE IS AN OPEN BOOK

By: Carol Clemans

Your marriage is an open book that is read by your children and others. What are they learning from you? God created marriage on earth when he formed Eve out of the rib of Adam in the Garden of Eden. When God presented Eve to Adam, he must have said, “Wow! Look what God has given to me!” The Bible describes Jesus as a Bridegroom who was willing to die in the flesh to ‘purchase’ His Bride (The Bride = believers who choose to follow Him through a new birth experience and commitment to love and serve Him until He returns for His Bride). God came in the flesh. He laid down His life on the cross. This is sacrificial love.

In Ephesians the 5th chapter we have the blueprint of a healthy marriage. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. I love the Lord because He first loved me. When a wife is loved with gentleness, kindness and consideration, she automatically responds lovingly. When we sow love and kindness, we reap love and kindness. Is this what your children see daily in your marriage? Mutual submission (Ephesians 5:21) is the secret to a healthy marriage. There must be a willingness to lay down selfishness and tap into the desires of each other on a mutual basis.

If your children see selfless sacrificial love flowing between Dad and Mom, they are ‘reading’ a ‘walking marriage manual’ that will influence their marriages in the future. Marriage is not a 50/50 proposition. Both husband and wife must be willing to give 100% to each other. Each is to forsake all others. Your spouse is to be the most important person in your life after your relationship with God. When your children see how much you value your spouse, it gives them a deep sense of security. You will be setting a foundation of healthiness in marriages for future generations.

If the ‘story’ of your marriage has been harmful instead of healthy, you can choose to change your story today. God’s marriage manual will give your marriage love, joy and peace. I realize this is a total opposite concept than what the world betrays through their actions and their disrespect for marriage. But God’s marriage plan will march us in to a heavenly eternity. I refuse to fall in to the devil’s pit of marriage destruction on this earth. Let’s choose to be a book that is read of all men that portrays God’s righteous plan for marriage.

Carol Clemans is Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches/conference. She provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam – (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for teaching CD’s plus over 80 articles. © Carol Clemans – July 2011

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WRITING TO THE CULTURE

(Written for writers PWF)

 

God’s truth is always the same when writing to any culture. I’ve been given the opportunity to write weekly for http://www.greeleygazette.com since early in 2010 that includes having each article printed in a locally owned city newspaper.  The articles are posted and archived under the Editorial Section – Carol’s Corner. The owner/editor of the Greeley Gazette commends me highly on my articles.

At times, I choose my subject by what is happening in the current national news. Recently, there have been sex scandals, adultery, cheating, etc., by public figures.  I will write about the issue from a biblical perspective.  God’s truth changes not.  I share the consequences of these issues in this life and include God’s sowing and reaping truths.

I take my examples from the Word of God.  The same sins exist in the world today that existed at the time Christ walked on this earth.  The epistles that were written to the church apply to our culture today as they did at the time they were written.

If I write on parenting, selfishness or respect, etc., I make it applicable to today’s culture through giving examples and using the Word of God. In my writing, I speak the truth and do it with love. I present the problem, but always include God’s solution.

Since my ministry is using the Word of God through teaching, writing and counseling to help others grow spiritually, emotionally and relationally, I gear my subject matter to fit the age group or type of audience that I’m touching through these three tools. When I write regarding sexual purity or any other subject, I focus on the age level of the reader sharing God’s truth on their level of understanding.

For about two years, I had the opportunity to write a column for The Stockton Record in Stockton, California.  I choose subjects such as abortion, fornication, adultery, homosexuality, etc. The editor told me I was straightforward in my convictions, but I wrote fairly with a right spirit.

My goal for writing to our culture is to help others understand the truth of God’s Word so they can be set free. Culture may change, but God’s truth changes not.

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides nationwide counseling by phone and web cam – (636) 448-0121. Pastor Dieter Skowron of Johnstown, CO is the Clemans’ pastor. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for teaching CD’s, bio, plus over 80 additional articles.

 

© Carol Clemans – July 2011

 


http://www.ladiesministries.org – July 10, 2011

 

THINK ON THESE THINGS!

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

In times of distress, life’s major adversities, broken promises, devastation of dreams and/or our whole world falling apart, our thoughts about what is happening to us can be more destructive than the actual happenings. Every adversity will come and it will pass. It may take hours, days, months or many years, but time goes by, life happens and we somehow by God’s grace survive and will eventually move in to a new phase of life.  It all depends on how we think on these things.

God is the one who is faithful and changes not.  If we have God in our lives, it is our relationship with Him and the promises of His Word that gives us the strength to be an over comer from the adversities in life. Our thoughts create our feelings and we usually act out on how we feel.  Soooooooooooo – it all depends on how we think about our adversities and disappointments as to how we survive either in defeat or victory.

I’ve counseled many who have gone through divorce, but one young divorced mother of two was able to overcome her betrayals by looking at her life through the lens of God’s truth.  As we counseled by phone over a period of a few weeks, God helped me to walk her through the negative messages she had allowed herself to believe that were not true.  Because of the emotional abuse she had gone through, she was telling herself she had no future. The abusive lies she had been told were destructive to her thinking process.  The devil expanded those lies into mountains she thought she could never surmount.  Because she was divorced, she felt God would never use the abilities that He gave her for His glory again.

We started looking at what was God’s truth about her current life.  She had two precious children that were gifts from God.  She was not the one that sinned against God and her marriage. She had a career that was stable. She had hope and a future with God. As she focused on God’s truth, her emotional pain of rejection started dissipating.

Philippians 4: 4 gives direction: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice.”  This truth is not based on circumstances. When we have hope in God in this life and a promise for eternal life with Him, we have reason to rejoice in the Lord always. Paul further instructs in this chapter to think on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy.

We cannot always rejoice in our circumstances, but we can always rejoice in the Lord!  The devil has come to kill, steal and destroy. He brings adversity to those in ministry too. The adversity may continue for years and it’s only through keeping our eyes on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith and His truth that we survive.

When circumstances seem overwhelming, we must get in to His Word and keep building our faith with God’s truth.  Everything that happens in our lives is not a surprise to God.  He knows our end from our beginning.  Through our adversities, we learn that we do have great faith when we remain faithful to God. You may still be in your adversity, but God promises that His peace will be with you.

The young divorced mom of two is still single but is determined to rejoice in the Lord daily and be thankful for His blessings.  She is laying her future in the hands of the Lord. Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  When we keep the loins of our minds girded with His truth, we can have victory in the middle of the storm. Where there is life, there is hope. His truth will bless our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

 

© Carol Clemans – July 2011

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides counseling nationwide by phone & web cam – (636) 448-0121. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for over 80 articles posted and her bio of 50-year ministry. Email: carol@carolclemans.org.

The Clemans’ pastor is Dieter Skowron of Johnstown, CO. Listen to: http://www.altonline.org for Bible preaching/teaching.

http://www.greeleygazette.com – July 7, 2011

 

WE ALL ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO GOD

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

The court case that has been watched across the nation this week regarding the death and cruel disposal of a two-year old girl’s body ended with a shocking verdict of ‘not guilty’ for the young mother.  The mother was found guilty of lying on four counts.  Because there was no proof of the cause of death, she is not held accountable for the death of her child.

This mother’s great relief of escaping the death penalty for murder will only be short lived.  She will be accountable to God for her part in the death of her innocent, helpless daughter.   Many people live their lives as if there is no God. Truth does not matter to them.  This horrific real life story should wake us up to the godless society that we are living in.

What is your life teaching your children about truth? I learned about truth, integrity and honesty by observing my parents’ daily actions. We were taught to not lie with our parents being the living examples of truthfulness.

The Bible declares there is coming a time in the future that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. The Bible also declares that all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire and brimstone.  Lying is just as deadly in the sight of God as murder.  God does not put ‘degrees’ on sin.  God will judge all sinful actions. It’s appointed unto to man once to die and then the judgment. None of us will escape death and none will escape judgment. Rev. 21: “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The good news is that God came to earth in a ‘robe of flesh’ to be the final sacrifice for our sins. We do not have to be afraid of meeting Him in judgment when we choose to love and serve Him and be truthful in all areas of our lives now. We can be born again with a new birth experience that first happened on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2.  There’s a song that says, “Our hearts must be clean to meet Jesus. The Saviour who died on the tree. To purge us from every transgression. Our hearts must from evil be free.” I have no fear of being accountable to God. I serve Him because I love Him!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam (636) 448-0121 – http://www.carolclemans.org – over 80 articles posted.

 

© Carol Clemans – July 2011

 

 

 

 

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