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

Maintaining “Sanity” in Your Ministry

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

For those called by the Lord into ministry—whether it’s vocational or volunteer—there are incredible opportunities to see God at work in the lives of His people. What other thrills in life can compare to someone seeing his need for Christ and surrendering himself to his Savior? Or what other thrills in life can compare to witnessing a Christian experience new freedom from a sin that had “so easily entangled” her? Rejoicing with the angels over such spiritual victories is phenomenal! Continue reading

Using Wisdom to Prevent Regret

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Robert and Alice met through an online dating service. He lives in Minnesota, and she lives in Alabama. Alice’s husband divorced her seven years ago, saying they had grown apart and their lives were on two different paths (he was not a Christian). Robert’s wife was killed in a traffic accident two years ago. Both are committed Christians, active in their respective churches. After a year of weekly emails and phone calls, Robert visited her twice, and Alice visited him once. Two and a half years passed with this pattern of communication between them. Continue reading