Monthly Archives: December 2011

Book Report The Christian in Complete Armor

 

The Christian in Complete Armour

This work is now in three volumes and is a modernized abridgement of the Puritan classic by William Grunall, 1665, Banner of Truth Trust, 1986-89.  I have had the set for several years but a quote from C. H. Spurgeon caught my eye.

“Grunall’s work is peerless and priceless; every line is full of wisdom, every sentence is suggestive. The whole book has been preached over scores of times, and is, in our judgment the best thought-breeder in all our library.”

So I decided to read the 3 volumes and the 1000+ pages for my spiritual benefit and in preparation for a couple of sermons on the Armor of God.  Spurgeon was right and I have been richly rewarded and so will you.  It could be life-changing.


Putting on your Spiritual Armor

Putting on your Spiritual Armor “Quickly”

Revised as of 8/1/17

Overall principle:  The Christian way of life is impossible to live in the flesh, only those who rely on the Holy Spirit can live this supernatural way of life.

Introduction: It is necessary to have my sermon, Independence Day, to gain the best perspective on Ephesians 6:10-18.I can email it to you. It has occurred to me, as I been counseling others, and as I have personally tried putting on the armor to fight my temptations that there needs to be abbreviated prayer tool to help.

Belt: Lord, help me to be prepared and committed to put the of biblical truth in my daily devotions so I now able to claim this truth.

Breastplate:  Lord, helped by your Holy Spirit’s power [Eph. 3:14-21] to live today free of guilt knowing that He who knew no sin became sin for me that I might be made the righteousness of God in Him [2 Cor. 5:21] therefore I can put off this temptation and do what is right.

Shoes: Lord, May your gospel of peace with you ad in me be made available to help me to be confident and calm aso I can overcome my circumstances that I face today.

 

Shield: Lord, today I claim by faith for my shield to be protected from Satan’s flaming missiles aimed to tempt me to sin.

Helmet: Lord, help me to focus my mind on the positive things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, or worthy of praise…mentioned in Philippians 4:8.

Sword:  Lord, help me to hide your Word in my heart and use it as my sword so that I will win the victory against sin.

Suggestion: Eventually you might even memorize these prayers or better still develop your own.


Brochure for Center

Biblically Centered Counseling Brochure;

BCC is a Private Practice in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania founded by Dr Don MacKenzie in May, 2006 offering to local Evangelical Churches a reasonable, alterative to the synthesized, medical counseling model to help hurting hearts.

Counseling includes but not is not limited to premarital, marriage, parental, and personal problems.

My background and training includes:

39 years married to Lydia Carpenter, college sweetheart who died several years ago of breast cancer. We had four sons.
12 years plus married to Carol Densmore, who was married to her college sweetheart, Mike, a pastor, who died of cancer at the age of 50. They had 3 children. And together Don and Carol in their blended family have 20 grand children and one great grand child.

Doc has four earned degrees: BA, BTh. MDiv, and DMin.
Certified level 11 with NANC [National Association of Nouthetic Association]
He earned one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Delaware State Hospital, Wilmington, DE.
He is DISC certified for personalty profile evaluations.

He has served local churches for 28 years, first as a Youth pastor [3 years] then Senior Pastor in various churches for 25 years.

For fifteen years he served as the Executive Director of MACBA [Mid-Atlantic Conservative Baptist Assn.] counseling pastors and churches. After retiring he started BCC in 2006.

Basic Counseling Philosophy:

Biblical counseling is based on two Greek words: noutheteo or nouthesia and parakaleo or paraklesis. The first is directive and confrontational and the second stresses comforting, encouraging and supporting.

I like what Paul David Tripp states in Instruments in the Redeemers Hands [People in Need of Change and Helping People in Need of Change] on pages 99.

“Personal [counseling my addition] ministry is not just about confronting people with principles, theology or solutions. It confronts people with the God who is active and glorious in his grace and truth, and who has a rightful claim to our lives. Only as our hearts are transformed by his glory will the principles of Scripture make any sense to us.”

Therefore I will seek to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit and back up my clients with daily prayer. My approach is supportive of their church and pastor and I will give general progress reports of the persons they send.

I believe that God’s plan for the local church culture is that they are to be places where lay people can and should help/counsel other people toward spiritual maturity in Christ

Note: there is a new brochure available at http://www.harvestlancaster.org under Faith Counseling.