Three Essential Elements in the Change Process (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Lifestyle change for Christians is succinctly laid out in Ephesians 4:22–24: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Continue reading

Three Essential Elements in the Change Process (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This is the first of a two-part blog on elements of change in the Christian life. In this first installment Jeff Forrey introduces you to “Brock,” a middle-aged man who has been a Christian for about three years. Unwise choices in his life have created problems for him and have brought him to the point of recognizing change is needed. What does that look like for him as a follower of Christ? It certainly will be different from when he made changes in the past! Continue reading

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This is the second part of a three-part series on using 1 Peter to address the fears and worries of people as they contemplate what they hear on the daily news. In Part 1, the first principle for dealing with fear and worry was: We have a “living hope” because of Jesus’ resurrection. Today’s post continues with two more principles, along with suggested applications for “Kelly” and “Said.” Continue reading

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This post is the first of a three-part series on helping people who might struggle with fear and worry that is fueled by what they hear on the daily news. Jeff Forrey offers suggested counsel based on 1 Peter. In this first part, he gives an overview of 1 Peter’s relevance for the topic of fear and then applies the first principle for facing fear to “Bill’s” situation. Continue reading

Helping People Who Resist Your Counsel (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This post is the second of two posts in which the problem of dealing with resistant people is addressed. In the first a common cause of resistance, not being understood by the counselor, was explored. In this installment, another potential cause of resistance is mentioned. Then how to address this problem is mentioned. Continue reading

Helping People Who Resist Your Counsel (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this post and the next one, Jeff Forrey tackles the problem of why some people resist biblical counsel, even though they need it. In this installment he considers one possibility. In the next one, he considers another reason and what might be done in response. Continue reading

Why Pastoral Counsel Matters for Depressed People

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Arlene’s and Greg’s testimonies are just snippets from their lives, and although there were some differences in their experiences, both of them had enough similarities to label them “clinically depressed” by the criteria used today. Clinical depression, as I am using it, is a broad term that incorporates a couple of more specific diagnostic labels used by mental health professionals. Continue reading

The Lord’s Protection from Harm (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this post, Jeff Forrey continues his investigation of how Psalm 91’s claim, “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent” should be understood by Christians who’ve experienced a tragedy, such as an unexpected divorce or death in the family. In his last post, he noted how the Book of Psalms does not neglect the reality of trials in the lives of God’s people, and so Psalm 91:10 must be understood in this larger context. In this post, he returns to Psalm 91. Continue reading

The Lord’s Protection from Harm (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this post, and the next post, Jeff Forrey considers the question of how Psalm 91’s claim, “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent” should be understood by Christians who’ve experienced a tragedy, such as an unexpected divorce or death in the family. Continue reading