•  — Edited

    New Year ~ New You

    Maybe you've heard this phrase or something similar in the first few weeks of 2020. Maybe you've joined a gym or started a new Bible reading plan. Maybe there are some other "resolutions" you've started. I hope those are going well for you!


    I want to remind you that the things we do are just that, things we do. They shouldn't form the core of our identity, yet Satan deceives us into thinking that our success or failure in any of these areas is the main driver of our identity. Nothing could be further from the truth!


    Jesus asks His disciples in Matthew 16:15-16, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


    Simon Peter answered correctly. Notice that he gave a very simple answer, one that was foundational to all the other things Jesus was doing. "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."


    In social settings, the easy question to ask is, "So, what do you do?" This invariably leads to a discussion about work and jobs and how much we like or dislike what we are currently doing.


    In Genesis 3:9, right after the fall, the Bible says, "Then the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'"


    This wasn't a geography question, God knew exactly where Adam was. This was a spiritual question. Separation had occurred.


    Thankfully, Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).


    As a believer, Jesus now asks this question, "Who are you?" How would you answer? Would you rattle off a list of items that included your family, job description, church service, or community activities? These are all well and good, and can bring glory to God, yet they miss the foundational aspect that Peter recognized about Jesus.


    If you've been around Biblical Solutions for any length of time, you've probably heard this phrase, "I am a loved, saved, forgiven child of God." This is the foundational identity truth for each of us as believers.


    Everything else flows from this. Everything else rests on this. Your family, job description, church service, and community service could all be taken away from you in an instant. If that happens, and your identity was built upon those, what would you have left? The answer is nothing.


    In 2020, my encouragement is to build your foundation on the fact that you are, "A loved, saved, forgiven child of God" and allow everything else in your life to flow from that identity truth.


    Follow Biblical Solutions on these platforms!


    Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

    1. published a newsletter

      ReadBiblical Solutions
      Empower ~ Equip ~ Encourage
      New Year ~ New You!

      Maybe you've heard this phrase or something similar in the first few weeks of 2020. Maybe you've joined a gym or started a new Bible reading plan. Maybe there are some other "resolutions" you've started. I hope those are going well for you!


      I want to remind you that the things we do are just that, things we do. They shouldn't form the core of our identity, yet Satan deceives us into thinking that our success or failure in any of these areas is the main driver of our identity. Nothing could be further from the truth!


      Jesus asks His disciples in Matthew 16:15-16, "Who do you say I am?" Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


      Simon Peter answered correctly. Notice that he gave a very simple answer, one that was foundational to all the other things Jesus was doing. "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."


      In social settings, the easy question to ask is, "So, what do you do?" This invariably leads to a discussion about work and jobs and how much we like or dislike what we are currently doing.


      In Genesis 3:9, right after the fall, the Bible says, "Then the Lord God called to the man, 'Where are you?'"


      This wasn't a geography question, God knew exactly where Adam was. This was a spiritual question. Separation had occurred.


      Thankfully, Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).


      As a believer, Jesus now asks this question, "Who are you?" How would you answer? Would you rattle off a list of items that included your family, job description, church service, or community activities? These are all well and good, and can bring glory to God, yet they miss the foundational aspect that Peter recognized about Jesus.


      If you've been around Biblical Solutions for any length of time, you've probably heard this phrase, "I am a loved, saved, forgiven child of God." This is the foundational identity truth for each of us as believers.


      Everything else flows from this. Everything else rests on this. Your family, job description, church service, and community service could all be taken away from you in an instant. If that happens, and your identity was built upon those, what would you have left? The answer is nothing.


      In 2020, my encouragement is to build your foundation on the fact that you are, "A loved, saved, forgiven child of God" and allow everything else in your life to flow from that identity truth.

      1. published a newsletter

        ReadBiblical Solutions
        Equip ~ Empower ~ Encourage
        Don't delete this! Merry Christmas!

        Lots of emails in your inbox! Here's a quick update for 2019.


        Because of your support, Biblical Solutions continued to have an impact in 2019 for the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. Through the generosity of one of our partners, we've been able to move into office space that has provided greater flexibility and a more inviting atmosphere where people feel welcome and safe.


        We continue to grow in the numbers of individuals, couple, and families that we serve. John completed his Master's Degree in Biblical Life Skills and John & Carrie became certified facilitators for RelateStrong | MarriageStrong, both Restoration Therapy programs that, coupled with Boundaries and Biblical Solutions teachings, provide a comprehensive framework to help people live the back half of John 10:10.


        Beyond the physical growth, the spiritual growth of most that we are working with has been excellent. This is because the Holy Spirit is working through open and humble hearts. That's the only real way this works - with open and humble hearts. To this end, we ask that you pray specifically for those we are working with that continue to close their hearts to the leading of the Holy Spirit. These are folks who are being deceived by lies and not allowing truth to triumph, still living the front half of John 10:10.


        As we move into 2020, Biblical Solutions continues to help people answer two foundational questions, "Am I Safe?" and "Am I Loved?" Thank you for laboring with us through prayer, participation, provision, and planning.


        John & Carrie Echols

        1. The Letter R

          Sesame Street & The Letter R

          I want to take you back to your days of watching Sesame Street when they would introduce a letter of the alphabet. Today we’re going to talk about the letter R.


          Here at Biblical Solutions, the letter R plays an integral role in discipleship.


          We talk about four R’s. They are: Repentance, Renewal, Rest, and Reconciliation.


          Repentance is a change of mind and turning to faith in God.

          Renewal is focusing on your identity in Christ. Who you are. You are a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God. Who I am. I am a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God.

          Rest is a concentration on how Jesus loves you and me, a concentration on what Jesus has given us in his completed work. Remember that the turning point of history is when Jesus said, “It is finished!”

          Reconciliation is about first receiving forgiveness from God, and then extending that forgiveness to others and seeking forgiveness from others.


          The letter R: Repentance, Renewal, Rest, and Reconciliation. These form the basis for an abundant life in Christ.

          1. It's Your Choice

            Two Mindsets

            The Bible describes two mindsets. You can either set your mind on what God wants, or you can set your mind on what the world wants, it's your choice, and you make that choice in your soul. Your soul is comprised of your mind, will, and emotions.


            God’s will is for us to be transformed. Notice that Romans 12:2 says that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Most people, however, seem to be transformed by the renewing of their emotions. If I just do this or do that, then I’ll feel better about this person or that situation. Trying to change others behavior or your own behavior by transforming your emotions just doesn’t work. It leads to a living death. Satan deceives us by our emotions.


            Don’t hear me wrong. Emotions are good, but all they do is tell you where you are, not how to act. Too many of us in this world act on our emotions. Emotions and feelings are to be governed, employed rightly, expressed honestly, and most of all, submitted to God’s authority and sovereignty. Emotions serve us, we don’t serve them.


            Finally, our will is where we make our choices, based upon our mind or emotions. So as we think about these two mindsets, focusing on what God wants or what the world wants, we need to be reminded of what is driving us, and make sure that we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds, allowing our will to make choices based on God’s truth, and letting our emotions follow that truth. That truth? You are a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God.

            1. published a newsletter

              ReadBiblical Solutions
              Equip ~ Empower ~ Encourage
              New Teaching Videos Available!

              Every Thursday at 8 PM, Biblical Solutions releases a short teaching video. These messages are meant to equip, empower, and encourage you as you walk by faith. Click here to watch them on Facebook or go here to watch them on our website.

              1. published a newsletter

                ReadBiblical Solutions
                Solutions for Life
                #GivingTuesday - Biblical Solutions

                His Heart Leading Yours


                On this #GivingTuesday, ask God if He is leading you, your family, or your business to support Biblical Solutions financially.


                No gift is too small. None is too great. Each is deeply appreciated. Click this link to be directed to our support page.


                Biblical Solutions is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 83-0703748

                1. Happy Thanksgiving from Biblical Solutions

                  Meet Your Thanksgiving Helper - PAM

                  The holidays can be a stressful time of year. What I have found is that when you have stress in your life, it usually means you aren’t prepared.


                  I'd like to share three ways that you can prepare to speak the truth in love this Thanksgiving as well as the rest of the holiday season.


                  I’m not sure how Thanksgiving goes at your house, but for me, growing up, someone always got into an argument about something and no one wanted to deal with it. Everyone just wanted to have a peaceful time together, but things got sticky, tempers flared, words were exchanged, feelings were hurt, and we all left with the same thoughts of, “Maybe it will be better next year.”


                  When we don’t deal with conflict, the residual effect builds up until we become calloused and jaded. This leads to bitterness and strife. Our words aren’t sweet and our tone is less than loving.


                  I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine named PAM. No, I’m not talking about the cooking spray! PAM is an acronym that helps me prepare for stress in my life.


                  The P in PAM stands for POSITION. I remember what God’s word says about me, that I am a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God. This helps me stay centered when I’m in the middle of a storm. Everything can be raging about me, yet I can remain calm, because I am a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God. That is my position, my identity, and it is not changed because of any remark that a family member makes.


                  The A in PAM stands for AIM. What is my aim in the conversation? What is my aim in spending time with family? 2 Corinthians 5:9 tells us what our aim is, it says, “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.” Whether at home or away, whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or you’re going over the river and through the woods to your grandmother’s house, your AIM should be to please Him. Not your mother or your father, brothers or sisters, aunts, uncles, or cousins. Your AIM should be to please Him.


                  The M in PAM stands for MOTIVATION. What is your motivation this Thanksgiving? Is it to “get through” the day? Is it to root your team on to victory? Is it to enjoy a good nap? Is it to spend quality time with family? Is it to beat the crowds for the best Black Friday deal?


                  Motivation is about a need that requires satisfaction. All the items I just mentioned will satisfy you for a while, but they won’t bring lasting peace and joy to your life. Family will fail you, your quarterback will throw an interception to lose the game, turkeys will trip you up, and there will be a clearance sale in January.


                  The only true satisfaction in life comes from Christ living in you.Christ “In You” is the thing we should all be thankful for. That is what motivates us. His love for us, His love through us.


                  John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” That’s a great motivation for you and me, to be known by all people as a disciple of Jesus.


                  PAM is a cooking spray that helps food not stick to the pan. PAM is also the acronym that allows hurt and pain to be transferred to the Cross, where all is healed.


                  This Thanksgiving, remember your POSITION as a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God. Remember your AIM is to please Him, and finally, remember your MOTIVATION is to love one another as Christ loves you.


                  Christ’s love In You, For You, To You. Spread this love to others, and by this all will know that you are His disciple, because of your love for one another.


                  From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!


                  John & Carrie Echols

                  1. published a newsletter

                    ReadHappy Thanksgiving from Biblical Solutions
                    Solutions for Life ~ You are a Loved, Saved, Forgiven, Child of God
                    Meet Your Thanksgiving Helper - PAM

                    The holidays can be a stressful time of year. What I have found is that when you have stress in your life, it usually means you aren’t prepared.


                    I'd like to share three ways that you can prepare to speak the truth in love this Thanksgiving as well as the rest of the holiday season.


                    I’m not sure how Thanksgiving goes at your house, but for me, growing up, someone always got into an argument about something and no one wanted to deal with it. Everyone just wanted to have a peaceful time together, but things got sticky, tempers flared, words were exchanged, feelings were hurt, and we all left with the same thoughts of, “Maybe it will be better next year.”


                    When we don’t deal with conflict, the residual effect builds up until we become calloused and jaded. This leads to bitterness and strife. Our words aren’t sweet and our tone is less than loving.


                    I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine named PAM. No, I’m not talking about the cooking spray! PAM is an acronym that helps me prepare for stress in my life.


                    The P in PAM stands for POSITION. I remember what God’s word says about me, that I am a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God. This helps me stay centered when I’m in the middle of a storm. Everything can be raging about me, yet I can remain calm, because I am a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God. That is my position, my identity, and it is not changed because of any remark that a family member makes.


                    The A in PAM stands for AIM. What is my aim in the conversation? What is my aim in spending time with family? 2 Corinthians 5:9 tells us what our aim is, it says, “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please Him.” Whether at home or away, whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or you’re going over the river and through the woods to your grandmother’s house, your AIM should be to please Him. Not your mother or your father, brothers or sisters, aunts, uncles, or cousins. Your AIM should be to please Him.


                    The M in PAM stands for MOTIVATION. What is your motivation this Thanksgiving? Is it to “get through” the day? Is it to root your team on to victory? Is it to enjoy a good nap? Is it to spend quality time with family? Is it to beat the crowds for the best Black Friday deal?


                    Motivation is about a need that requires satisfaction. All the items I just mentioned will satisfy you for a while, but they won’t bring lasting peace and joy to your life. Family will fail you, your quarterback will throw an interception to lose the game, turkeys will trip you up, and there will be a clearance sale in January.


                    The only true satisfaction in life comes from Christ living in you. Christ “In You” is the thing we should all be thankful for. That is what motivates us. His love for us, His love through us.


                    John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” That’s a great motivation for you and me, to be known by all people as a disciple of Jesus.


                    PAM is a cooking spray that helps food not stick to the pan. PAM is also the acronym that allows hurt and pain to be transferred to the Cross, where all is healed.


                    This Thanksgiving, remember your POSITION as a loved, saved, forgiven, child of God. Remember your AIM is to please Him, and finally, remember your MOTIVATION is to love one another as Christ loves you.


                    Christ’s love In You, For You, To You. Spread this love to others, and by this all will know that you are His disciple, because of your love for one another.


                    From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!


                    John & Carrie Echols

                    1. Jun
                      22

                      Red River Family Encampment

                      All day  •  Saturday, June 22nd – Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 (CDT)
                      Red River, NM
                      Red River, NM, USA