THE BROWN COUCH

AND NOW,

A WORD FROM OUR SHEPHERD

“The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” 

Habakkuk 2:20 

God’s Voice, I’ve come to discover, is not typically an audible voice. God’s Voice is more of an impression upon the soul. It’s a nudge of the conscience towards our being the very...

April 8, 2020

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes...

April 1, 2020

“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will mak...

March 25, 2020

“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it a wall too high to scale.” (Proverbs 18:10-11)

As I write this article my computer screen is being bombarded by various news...

March 18, 2020

“They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.” 

- Psalms‬ 112:7‬ 

I admit that I’m a bit of a news junkie. 

But this past week has taken my daily routines of news gathering to another level. In the wake of the Coronavirus I found m...

March 11, 2020

This passage is one of the cornerstones and touchstones of my calling to public ministry. I find it remarkable that God can look at a person before his or her conception and initiate a relationship based upon His complete knowledge of said person. I believe that all of...

March 3, 2020

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Few passages in scripture communicate more truth in an economy of words than this passage. Jesus uses the imagery of a grapev...

February 27, 2020

FOOD FAST: Either water/clear fruit juice or DANIEL FAST

The Book of Joel in the Bible is a remarkable literary work. In once sense it is a dystopic and apocalyptic book that gives us a glimpse of the end of the world as we know it. But in another sense it is an optimis...

February 26, 2020

DIGITAL FAST: Limiting of digital devices except for work usage 

It occurs to me that in some ways you and I are more alert than we’ve ever been to the sights and sounds around us. The problem is that we are alert to the sights and sounds of our smartphones and other di...

February 25, 2020

BEVERAGE FAST: No sugary drinks, tea, coffee, or soda

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

Psalms 63:1 

In our modern world there is a booming beverage industry. Th...

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"Over the past 25 plus years of my pastoral ministry, several visitors have sat upon the brown couch in my office to share their hurts, challenges, losses and victories with me. But the brown coach is no longer just a piece of furniture - it is now a dimension of being. It is a place of introspection and retrospection, deconstruction and reconstruction. It is a safe place of rest and a willing workshop for crafting a better self. Enclosed here are some reflections and insights that I’ve learned from a wide assortment of individuals who have sat in this rare place of repose. Welcome to The Brown Couch."

— PASTOR PAUL J. JAMES

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