Welcome to our web site. We are grateful for the opportunities God has given us to serve others through our counseling, teaching, writing, and speaking ministries. We hope what you find here will be helpful and encouraging as you face the challenges of life.

Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble" (John 16:33). Cranky kids, wounding words, the loss of a job, a broken body, a painful marriage—"trouble" comes in all shapes and sizes. The Bible calls it groaning. While everyone has trouble in life, not everyone has learned how to respond to it well. That is, our groaning usually causes us to grumble and react in self-serving ways. We call it "going south."

Because of the depth of our own self-centeredness, we've found that nothing in life has been harder than learning how to genuinely love others in the face of rejection and frustration. But nothing is more important. Jesus boiled the Bible down to one sentence: Love God and love others (Matt. 22:37–40). That's what life is all about. We have needed a lot of help in learning how to love God and others in the groaning of life. We call that, "going north." Therefore, True North Ministries is dedicated to helping others "go north" as they face the troubles and frustrations of everyday life.

For more than twenty years, we have spent thousands of hours disciplining, teaching, and counseling individuals and married couples for a wide range of problems such as loneliness, depression, anxiety, anger, parenting, and marital conflicts. As root issues come to light, we help people embrace the truth they need in order to "go north." They turn to God for healing and help, not just to make life work, but to become the kind of people who know God intimately and can reflect his good heart to others.

With Gratitude,
Gary and Lisa Heim

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