Psalm 131 and New Year’s Resolutions

Lee Lewis

The beginning of each New Year often brings with it people being challenged to make resolutions about things in their lives that need changing. Over the years in the counseling and pastoral ministries I have been a part of, I have used the start of a new year to teach what God’s Word says about change. Psalm 131 is a great chapter in the Bible (with just 3 verses) to illustrate where true change comes from. Continue reading

The Holy Spirit in Counseling: Our Great Advantage that is Often Overlooked

Lee Lewis

The topic of the Holy Spirit is one that we tend to approach incorrectly. A dear friend of mine who is a pastor has always likened this misstep to the drunken uncle in the room at a family reunion. He is strange and awkward to deal with, so we feel better off just not interacting with him. The problem with this error is the fact that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead. Continue reading

Laying the Gospel over a Controlling Heart

Lee Lewis

Pride in the human heart longs for control, and there are many expressions of that control. In its essence the controlling heart says, “I know better than God.” Christians spend a lot of time looking for new and clever ways to deal with control when the gospel perfectly speaks to this issue. In this short piece I want to briefly look at several manifestations of a controlling heart and how to lay the truths of the gospel over that foolish desire for control. Continue reading

4 Examples of the Exposing Essence of Suffering

Lee Lewis

The realities of suffering are often approached with questions in the form of why. This is understandable, especially when you consider how alone and uncertain one can feel when they are in a place of hardship. While asking questions as to the why of suffering is not wrong, to stay in that place misses the opportunity to seek the face of the Lord as to the what. What are you trying to show me God? What are you trying to reveal in me God? What is it you have in store with this God? Questions like these align our hearts with God’s purposes in suffering. He is revealing our hearts and exposing where we have trusted creation above the Creator. Continue reading

Bear With One Another: Opportunities for Biblical Counseling in the Context of Gospel-Centered Community

Lee Lewis

Biblical Counseling and Small Group Ministry - Bear With One Another

You’re reading the first of a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Small Group Ministry. These posts help us to ponder the intersection of one-another ministry through biblical counseling and one-another ministry through small group community. You will also find posts in this series by Ken Long, Garrett Higbee, and Mike Wilkerson. In today’s post, Pastor Lee Lewis explores how Gospel-centered one-another ministry in small groups can become an agent of grace. Continue reading

Build Your House on the Rock

Lee Lewis

As I grow in pastoral ministry, I see more and more the God-designed longing in people for refuge. The Psalmist would say it this way, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge.” Continue reading

The War Against Weakness

Lee Lewis

In walking with people bogged down by sin, I have noticed a consistent trend: an independence from God. This observation is further enforced in Scripture. Genesis 3, Romans 1, John 15, and countless other texts point toward the realities that … Continue reading