It’s Christmas: A Wonderful Time To Worship
Keith Phillips, DMin, LPC, LPC-S
It is just a fact of life that most of us throughout the year are very, very busy. Even those that may not have the demanding hectic schedules, one must still deal with all the busy and world friction around them. We are all occupied or overwhelmed in some manner. For several years Christmas has been a time that I have been able to unwind, decompress, chill out, get it together, think, or any other adjective, adverb, noun, or pronoun that is synonymous.
For me it is the most practical time because it is the end of the year. In my cognitive wiring it is a cutoff point, even if I have issues that I know will carry over into the coming year. I get to sit still and breathe in my soul, I get to soak in the hallowness of my Savior. It is my brief season of spiritual and emotional composure. It is a time when I am reminded by God of all the important things I hear from Him on the fly in the past 12 months. It is a time when I get to focus on His matchless love for humanity. This God, the only true living God seems to become so wonderfully present. I look forward to this each year.
I can’t explain why Christmas has been this way for me, but I am glad that it has been. Maybe this special time happens because God looks forward to it also. It is a time for me to genuinely reflect on my blessings. God is so good to us. I know life at times can be so hard to endure. It just seems that this is the time of the year to run toward Him, to look at the manger, to wonder at the amazement that the Creator of all that we can comprehend would come to earth for us. How does one understand that? It can only be a love that we cannot understand but are invited to accept and enjoy for eternity. It is God’s gift to us, to you. Rejoice, rejoice, in our hearts that lowly we are loved by the King of Kings.
I am glad that the Lord has allowed me to share this with you, writing it never crossed my mind until the last two days. Maybe the Lord did this just for you. He does love you and it is Christmas, a wonderful time to worship.
Dr. Keith Phillips
Keith Phillips DMin., LPC, LPC-S, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. His therapy style is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy integrated with a biblical worldview; he is also certified as a Prepare and Enrich Marriage Counselor and an Anger Management Specialist.
More About Keith
Keith has worked with substance abuse clients at Miracle Hill Ministries and The Forrester Center. Prior to receiving his Doctorate of Ministry from North Greenville University, he received his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Liberty University. Keith also served as Single Adults Minister (ages 40+) at First Baptist Spartanburg.
Dr. Keith Phillips' services include:
Premarital / Marital • Divorce • Career Guidance • Pornography • Grief & Loss • Anger • PTSD • Substance Addiction • Single Parenting • Blended Families • Anxiety & Depression • Coping Skills • OCD
Keith offers (fee based) individual and group supervision for graduate level counseling students and LPC Associates interested in obtaining licensure in SC.
Student Counselor / Girls Ministry Director
Deandra Comer received her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and is pursuing her state licensure certification. Deandra counsels with preschoolers, young girls, boys, and ladies.
More about Deandra
Deandra's training experience includes work at Middle Tyger Community Center, Miracle Hill Ministries, and in the public school system. She also serves in our student’s ministry here at First Baptist working with girls.
Deandra Comer's services include:
Premarital / Marital • Eating Disorders • Career Guidance • ODD • Grief & Loss • Anger • PTSD • Addictions • Sexual Abuse • Blended Families • Anxiety & Depression • Coping Skills
Norma Lynn Phillips
Counseling Office Manager
Norma Lynn Phillips is the office manager, “communication hub” of the Counseling offices, scheduling appointments, sending forms, and providing office support. She has also served on staff at First Baptist Preschool and Missions Ministry. She takes joy in connecting with and helping people, which is why she loves working with FBS Counseling!