I grew up in Canada in a very abusive home and suffered much pain in my early childhood. When I came to faith as a young adult, I came to the church for help. But, I didn’t find it. In frustration, I asked myself “Are my questions too big or are their answers too small?”
After years of searching for help in the world, and literally blowing up my life, I returned to the church. This time, I was helped by a young pastor’s wife. During that point, the only books that addressed my type of abuse were written by Christian psychologists. While those books helped me a lot, they could only take me so far.
Psychology, and psychology books, never take you to freedom because it is still all about you.
Providentially, by God’s grace, I moved to the U.S. and met a woman in Biblical counseling. During my time with her, I matured in Christ and finally found freedom. The struggle to renew my mind was fierce. I had a lot of wrong thinking that needed to be changed. I needed to study the Word to see what the Bible said. My first session with my Biblical counselor was life changing. I asked her, “How do I love God?” and she said, “Open your Bible.” It sounds too simple but it set a fire in me. And as I found freedom in God’s word, I wanted to comfort others with the same comfort I received.
As I mentioned, psychology can only take you so far; if you want to see permanent change then you must go to Jesus and His Word.
I began attending counseling conferences with my former counselor, studied and took the exam, and was certified by NANC (now known as the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). It is a joy and an honor to “Open my Bible” with others. I tell people that I am a great signpost; I don’t have the answers but I can point you to Who does.
As I connect others to Jesus, I help them to renew their mind about God, about themselves, about sin, about their purpose, about God’s process, and about our maturity in Christ. There is so much joy in helping others find their freedom in Christ.
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MCC Elders and Connectors are hosting a Starting Point Lunch on January 13th after 2nd service. The luncheon is a great way to learn more about MCC, ask questions and meet new people! We encourage anyone who is considering making MCC their church home to attend and get connected! Contact Elizabeth to RSVP today.
For any ladies interested in prophetic literature or wanting to begin a Bible Study in the New Year, MCC is starting a new Bible Study in January! What is the heart behind the roar of the Lion from Zion? In this 16-week study through the book of Amos, beginning January 7th and meeting Monday mornings at 10 a.m., you will learn about a loving God who prepares His people to live forever. We hope you will consider joining us for this fantastic study! Child care is provided. Please contact Elizabeth Allan to learn more.
If you have ever felt like you don't fit in, that you aren't good enough, that everyone else has it together while you struggle to even show up, then we invite you to join us. We want you to learn that we have a God who lifts the pain of worthlessness and rejection! Starting Thursday, January 17th, Sara Ghormley and Elizabeth Allan will lead discussions as we prayerfully work through Ed Welch's book, "Shame Interrupted". We begin at 6:30 and end at 8, and will meet for 16 weeks. Cost is $16 per person, but scholarships are available. Please contact Elizabeth and let her know so she can order a book for you.
Would you like to learn how to respond to conflict Biblically? Pastor Frank Malizzo, Elizabeth Allan and Spencer Brown are hosting a Peacemaking as Evangelism Workshop at MCC on January 25th-26th. The class will highlight Biblical tools that can be used for work, in the community, in the home and as a tool for evangelism. “Conflict presents unique opportunities to serve other people, we can demonstrate the love of Christ and give witness to the gospel even to people who are attacking us.” Ken Sande. Contact Elizabeth to learn more.