Christian Counselor Whatcom County

Christian Counselor Whatcom County

Christian Counselor Whatcom County

I was born the fifth of eight children on Sept 28, 1954 to James and Jeanette Butler in Bremerton, WA.  Dad was a machinist in the Bremerton Naval Shipyard and both he and Mom were saved during the same service through the ministry of Navy Yard City Bible Church. 

My parents soon felt the call to serve God with their lives and moved to the Shoreline area of Seattle and began working for King’s Garden (later renamed CRISTA Ministries), a non-profit Christian organization in North Seattle.

About Grace for Life Counseling

The Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments often refer to the way in which we live our lives as a "walk."  In the Old Testament the walk is commonly  associated with "walking in all His ways," or "doing everything according to thy Word or precepts or laws."  In the New Testament the walk is referred to as a "walk of love," or a "walk by the Spirit," or as a "walk of faith." 

In Colossians 2.6, the apostle Paul tells us "as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him."  We know from Ephesians 2.8 that we are saved by grace through faith, so from these two verses we know that as Christians we are to walk in Christ by grace through faith.  Peter exhorts the church in 2 Peter 3.18 to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 

Sounds simple, doesn't it?  But the walk of life can present many challenges.  The path can be steep, rough in places, smooth in others, full of dangers, stress, beautiful at times and certainly always seems to be long.  Spiritually, God's intention for his children is that they walk in the truth, and that they walk in His grace, in the Spirit, and yes, in love for one another. 

At Grace for Life Counseling the emphasis is to analyze problems as they are presented in the light of God's Word.  Problems in our lives are often the result of walking in ourselves, or our flesh, instead of in the Spirit, or the life of Christ within us. 

Also, at times our perspective on the Word of God can leave us feeling bound up rather than free.  If this is the case, we should ask ourselves: Who, or what is my functional source of life, Jesus, or myself?  Do I try to please God by measuring up to His law, or am I resting in His grace? What about sin, am I trying to overcome it in my own power, or by the Spirit of Christ within me? 

As a Christian, how do I see my identity, as fully righteous in Christ, or as a sinner who will become righteous when I go to heaven?  The answers you give to these questions will make the difference in experiencing the abundant life Jesus promised, or feeling like there must be more to this Christian life, but you are not sure what. 

At Grace for Life, we hope to give you a perspective from the Word that will bring a new passion for the Lord and a resolving of life's conflicts and problems as you learn to live in His power instead of your own.  

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