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March 2016

MY SEARCH FOR A LUTHERAN COUNSELING SERVICE WITH LUTHERAN PRINCIPLES AND TEACHINGS

DEAR DARCY AND KOLETTE AND LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HOPE,

I HAVE CALLED AND SURVEYED AND EVALUATED MANY OF THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING SERVICES THAT YOU OFFER ON THE LIST THAT WAS SENT OUT YESTERDAY, AND I HAVE TO SAY TO THE CHURCH AND THE CARE MINISTRY THAT MANY OF THOSE SERVICES ARE NOT IN LINE WITH A LUTHERAN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND LORD JESUS AND THEIR LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR THE HURTING AND BROKEN. IT IS NOT RIGHT TO BE RECOMMENDING ALL OF THOSE SERVICES WHEN THEY ARE NOT EXACTLY THE KIND OF CHRISTIANITY THAT THE LUTHERAN CHURCH TEACHES AND PROFESSES. THE CLOSEST COUNSELING SERVICE THAT I HAVE FOUND IS NEW-LIFE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING IN WEST DES MOINES THAT HAS A WONDERFUL COUNSELOR WHO GOES TO LUTHERAN CHURCH OF HOPE AND RECOMMENDED SOME WONDERFUL BOOKS ON AMAZING GRACE AND GOD'S GIFTS AND BLESSINGS TO ME. BEFORE RECOMMENDING THOSE CHRISTIAN COUNSELING SERVICES THAT YOU DO ON THE LIST, YOU NEED TO EVALUATE AND VISIT THEM YOURSELVES AND SEE WHAT THEY ARE ALL ABOUT, LIKE I HAVE RECENTLY. AND THEN YOU NEED TO DISCERN MORE CAREFULLY ABOUT WHETHER THEY ARE TYPES OF COUNSELING THAT ARE TRULY IN LINE WITH LUTHERAN PRINCIPLES AND VALUES AND TEACHINGS. I THINK THAT IF YOU ARE CAREFUL AND DISCERNING ABOUT THIS, YOU WILL FIND THAT MANY OF THE ONES THAT YOU ARE RECOMMENDING ARE NOT. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME.

LOVE ALWAYS,

DIANE K. OLSON