“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” – Matthew 7: 24-25 (TNIV) 


Good morning to you and to 2018!

The words above are spoken by Jesus and appear at the end of the Sermon on the Mount, which is located in Matthew 5, Matthew 6 and Matthew 7 of the Bible.

This specific scripture challenges me to consider what I am to “Build” (Oikeodomeo) and what the outcome of my work will resemble not only in 2018, but in every year that I exist.

Oikeodomeo infers that as a Builder, the results of my labor should produce tangible outcomes, especially in the lives of others, as I engage in specific processes that strengthen, encourage and embolden those around me.

Charged as an Architect (Arkhitekton or “leading builder”) this passage clearly describes what needs to be in my architectural drawings and in the completed work I’m called to produce: Comfort to those who mourn, mercy to those who need it, love to my “enemies” and forgivingness to others when the situation arises.

I’m also encouraged to seek and ask for guidance from God, so that the end results of my behavior reflect the kind, thoughtful and generous actions that I’d want done to me.

Take a moment to read these chapters. As an Architect, what are you moved to build in 2018?

May God richly bless what your hands create today!


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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.