“When I try to look at the term [broken] in particular, I think it is saying that something was right at one point. There is a model out there for the way it is supposed to be and this is not the way it is supposed to be. Something is broken. And then the question is, ‘Can it be fixed?’” – Ed Welch

Is there any concept that is a greater reality in our life today? World issues spiral out of control, national crisis continue to grow, local communities become corrupt, and our families are being ripped apart. Brokenness takes center stage in defining our core identity. Many strive to fill this void and continually watch their dreams get shattered. Is there anyone or anything that can speak into this deep despair? These are questions and concepts that will be entertained at this year’s biblical counseling conference, Grace for the Broken. Be sure to visit our vimeo page,, each month (leading up to the conference) for the latest interview video on what Dr. Ed Welch has to say about this year’s conference topic.

Foundations Christian Counseling Services (FCCS) is excited to be hosting this year’s biblical counseling conference in the Mt. Pocono Region at Innovation Church, 6048 Paradise Valley Road (Rte 940), Cresco, PA. Join us on March 29th, 2014 for a time of reflecting on God’s grace for the broken. Seating is limited, so be sure to register online while space is available.

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. Complimentary breakfast refreshments will be available during the registration and breaks in-between sessions. Registration can be completed on-line by visiting our website,, and clicking on the conference image. The link will take you to the conference page which contains details regarding the day’s agenda, guest speakers, session topics, and location. Follow us on facebook,, to stay connected with the most recent updates.

We hope to see you at the conference!

Vote For Me! I’m the Bestest!

Well, today, November 2nd is the blessed day when political advertisements will come to an end. Certain politicians hopes and dreams come true, start to take place, or take a dive.  The political candidates spend many months raising support and spending money on advertising, sending a message on why they are better than the other candidates, in hopes that you will vote for them because they are better and they will get more done.

I can’t help but think that many live their lives the same way.  Instead of months, though, years are invested to get people to “vote” for them…or like them.  We put on certain “political” fronts (also known as masks), spend money getting the right clothes, electronic toys (iphones, etc.), boast about accomplishments or put other’s failures on the radar so that we look better…..It’s all about the presentation and projecting an image to have an identity that is worthy of respect….but is it real?  Is it genuine?

As a teen and even into the adult years, I can’t help but wonder how many of my actions have been a campaign for approval…to be liked, respected, and admired while my true self was hidden and known only by God.  When my campaign would fail, I would fail, and therefore become depressed.  I can tell you  with confidence that the campaign for approval will always end in not being elected by all voters, because that is the only way to win in this campaign.

The past few weeks, Cornerstone Church has been doing the r12 series (Romans 12 – Living on the Edge) by Chip Ingram.  This week, the focus is on having a sober assessment of self.  Not to think of ourselves too highly or too low, but that our identity or worth being found in Him who gives us worth.  Any campaigns for approval seek the votes from people who do not have an accurate assessment of who we are, only who we project or pretend to be (and that always changes!).  The real assessment of who we are can only be made by the One who created us, who chose to die for us, and who has adopted us to become His children.  This is based on who He says we are and what He has done for us on the cross….and not what I say about me, what others say about me, what I have done, or what others have done to me.  This is an awesome fact as stated in His Word that still amazes me to this day.

So, vote for me.  Don’t vote for me.  Do what you want.  All I know, is that in love, Christ died for me…and that is enough.