"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage...For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another...But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load...For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light."
Galatians 5:1, 13, 6:4-5, Ephesians 5:8
Counseling With A Purpose
1310 E. Artesia Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90805
Live Broadcast Monday-Friday
12 PM to 2 AM On KKLA 99.5 FM
(213) 636-0709 OR (213) 428-1208
I Googled Counseling With A Purpose and nothing comes up, it appears this ministry from the 1980's has been long-forgotten by most. Counseling With A Purpose was a live call-in show on KKLA 99.5 FM from 12:00 am to 2:00 am. The man’s name on the show was Brother Paul and he would take prayer requests and answer questions. I learned a lot from Brother Paul – He had sat under the direct teaching of Dr. J. Vernon McGee for several years at his church.
I still recall some things Brother Paul said on the radio broadcast and I want to thank him for being faithful to the Word of God. I was just a teenager back then (over 25 years ago) who was still a babe in Christ and Paul really helped me grow. For example, one night a caller told him that every time he walked by a church that he made the cross sign on his chest. Brother Paul told him to stop doing that because it is what the false Catholic Church teaches people to do. Another time a caller asked him about the New World Translation (Jehovah's Witness heretical version) of the Bible. Brother Paul told him to stop reading it and to get a real Bible. So many times Brother Paul admonished his listeners to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks again Brother Paul for being faithful to God's word and for being a true under-shepherd to His flock. Counseling With A Purpose had a local Bible study every Wednesday night several miles from my house and it was taught by Brother Roscoe. Brother Roscoe was a good man that taught the Bible well and a few times he did the live broadcast on KKLA. After hearing Brother Paul on the radio speak of Christians and their love for one another I decided to go to the local Bible study. This would be the first time in my life that I had ever been to an assembly of believers in Christ.
On a cold winter night I walked in a room full of 20 people and Brother Roscoe was speaking and as I was finding a seat he loudly stated, “Are you saved?” I told him, “Yes” and he said, "Amen" as I took a seat. After he was done teaching everybody ignored me as they talked to each other and not one person came up and introduced themselves to me. This was shocking because I had read about Christian love in my Bible and I had heard Brother Paul speak of it as well on the radio broadcast.
I asked the man sitting next to me a question about a verse of scripture and he basically ignored me. I was very perplexed by their actions so I got up to leave vowing to never come back again to this strange place. As I was walking towards the door this very old woman with crutches stopped me and introduced herself as Gracie and asked me how I was doing. I shook her hand and we talked for a brief period of time then I exited the building.
If it was not for Gracie I would have never gone back to that place! She is in heaven now and I want to thank her for that simple gesture when I see her again in paradise. I eventually went back and made a few friends there and among other things it was the first time that I prayed in a circle out loud with other Christians.
I was so nervous waiting for my turn to pray – But it just came naturally because I had been praying so much that my knees were getting messed up as a result. By the way, all of the people there were in their 30's, 40's, and 50's and I was just an abandoned teenager from a broken home (Psalm 27:10).
A few days later myself and another man from Counseling With A Purpose had a bunch of Bible tracts and we went to the liquor store next door and we handed them to people who were exiting the business. This was my first time ever handing-out Bible tracts and I want to thank the brother who was with me that day (I forgot his name) for instilling in me the importance of this type of evangelism.
The lesson that I learned about my first trip to Bible Study still sticks with me today. No matter what another Christian does to you never let it affect your walk with God. If some Christian at church treats you badly ignore them and continue to worship God. Don’t look to man to make you feel good and follow after God. Trust in God alone and look to Him and He will direct your path. God will reward you when all is said and done – Man’s praise is fleeting at best!
Here is a great quote from a very good book:
"When my eyes are on my Master they are not on those around me. This is the place of peace. And it is good and proper to remind ourselves that in the end it is He who will decide and judge what my status really is. After all, it is His estimation of me that is of consequence. Any human measurement at best is bound to be pretty unpredictable, unreliable and far from final," Phillip Keller, "A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23," page 31.
I just Googled Counseling With A Purpose and this is what came up:
"Counseling With A Purpose, Inc. filed as an Articles of Incorporation in the State of California and is no longer active. This corporate entity was filed approximately fifty-three years ago on Thursday, August 17, 1961 as recorded in documents filed with California Secretary of State."
It states that Harold Eugene Chase was the President of Counseling With A Purpose. I knew him back in the 80's as Brother Harold and he sometimes did the live radio broadcast when Brother Paul was on vacation or couldn't do the show.
Around 1990 Brother Paul stepped down to pursue other ministries and Brother Harold took over the broadcast. The board of directors selected him and I felt like it was a huge mistake. I believed Brother Roscoe should have been given the chance because he was much more biblical and well-spoken on the radio over Brother Harold.
Even though I was just a teenager I knew Brother Roscoe should have been been appointed to do the live radio broadcast. I told Brother Roscoe this one night after Bible study.
Brother Roscoe had some great ideas about the direction Counseling With A Purpose should take but he was ignored. He wanted to open the Bible study office up and serve food to the homeless from there and many other things of that nature.