Treasures in Broken Clay Jars

By Eddie Capparucci, LPC, CSAS

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.”           2 Corinthians 4: 4-12

Whether it happens in our own lives, or we watch others struggle, we know when difficult times come they can be overwhelming and draining. Whether it’s a relationship issue, a chronic illness, an expected accident, or a tragic event, we can feel helpless or worst yet, hopeless.   Jars-of-Clay-Title

But as we learn from the Apostle Paul in this verse, if Jesus Christ is manifested in us we may be perplexed but we’re not crushed. We may be persecuted by we are not forsaken. We may be struck down but we are not destroyed.

For we are delicate jars of clay that are fragile and broken. But these broken jars of clay are also blessed with wonderful treasures known as the Gospel and the Holy Spirit. The Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, given to us by the Holy Spirit. Continue reading

Our God: He’s More than an Invisible Friend

By Eddie Capparucci, LPC, CSAS

As a child, I had an invisible friend who I called upon when I was feeling lonely, sad, or scared. He was a wonderful source of comfort and helped entertain me during times when I felt isolated. He made my loneliness disappear and I felt safe with him around.

untitledWhat I loved most about my invisible friend was his consistency. I didn’t need to worry about him disappointing me by not showing up. So often I felt disappointed by family members who didn’t provide me with the level of attention and affirmation I needed as a child. Not the case with my invisible friend, who was faithful in helping me get through uncomfortable times.

I wonder how many of us think of God as an invisible friend. Someone we can call on when we are facing stressful times or painful moments. We ask Him to remove our distress and provide us with comfort. “Be there for me when I feel alone,” is what we request. And, He certainly can deliver upon that appeal.

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The Challenges of Forgiveness

Forgiving people who have caused us trauma can be very difficult, especially for Christian who are often shamed or made to feel guilty because they struggle to forgive. I see this scenario play out every day in my private counseling practice as I assist individuals who struggle to forgive. forgiveness-1767432_1280-1

 This weekend I read one an excellent best book that describes what is and is not forgiveness. Below is a review.  

Simple yet powerful. That is the best way to describe the latest work Yvonne Ortega entitled “Moving From Broken to Beautiful Through Forgiveness”.

And that is exactly the journey Yvonne takes readers as she carefully breaks down the difficulties and confusion many people have when they think about forgiving those who have caused great hurt and pain. The prospect of forgiving someone who has inflicted severe trauma is never easy and many are left feeling guilty because of their inability to forgive.   Continue reading