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Category Archives: Faith

Mental Illness and Faith-Based Counseling

I have been hesitant to weigh in on the recent debate related to faith-based counseling and mental illness because it is not an easy issue to address in a blog or short amount of time. However the more I read, the more I am compelled to share some insights from my journey as a trained psychologist who now practices as a biblical counselor. Continue reading

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4 Ingredients of Personal Ministry

Dr Paul Tripp defines personal ministry as: the “careful ministry of Christ and His Word to the struggles of heart that have been uncovered by good questions from a committed friend.” In this succinct definition, Dr Tripp gives us four of the key ingredients to effective personal ministry. This post considers each ingredient. Continue reading

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The Chief End of Man Is the Beginning of Biblical Counseling

In biblical counseling, we’re guided by something that transcends the mere alleviation of symptoms or the modification of behavioral problems, even as important as those goals may be. The plumb line in biblical counseling and all forms of discipleship is found in God’s purposes for creating humanity, which is according to Scripture, His eternal glory. Continue reading

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Leaving My First Love

After a recent health scare, the Holy Spirit diagnosed the real problem as a departure from my first love, Jesus. He was also gracious to provide the prescription for the cure. Continue reading

Topics: Faith, Gospel-Centered Ministry, Love, Pastoral Resources, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , ,

Parenting Adult Children

It is important to understand that in the end, our beliefs may not end up being our childrens’ beliefs. So how do balance the desire to parent our adult children with the need to let them be who God wants them to be? Continue reading

Topics: Faith, Parenting, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Women/Wives | Tags: , , ,

BCC Weekend Resource: Handling Evangelism Opportunities in Counseling

In this resource, Steve Viars addresses the topic of Handling Evangelism Opportunities in Counseling. This session will discuss strategies to move from initial presentation problems to appropriate discussions of the cross and the possibility of establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Casting “A Vision of the Sea” for Church Discipline

God’s discipline in and through the church is seen as His ongoing, redeeming work through His living Word and people as they fight the good fight of faith together to exalt Christ and protect the purity of His Bride. Continue reading

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The Discipline of the Lord

As we think through conflicts in the church, believers are not left without comfort. We are reminded that we should view hardship as discipline, and discipline comes to those that God loves. Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Church Discipline, Faith, Local Church Ministry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering | Tags: , , ,

How Does God Expect Us to Be Able to Change?: The Linchpin

Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:13-21 now resides under the glass at my counseling desk. It has been become my daily reminder to humbly seek God asking both for wisdom for myself and the work of the Holy Spirit in my counselees’ lives even as Paul prayed for this Ephesian church. If the apostle Paul desired and needed to pray this prayer, then certainly I do. Continue reading

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How Christ Changes People

Typically in biblical counseling we have talked about how people change. That’s a great phrase and one I’ve used and will continue to use. However, lately I’ve been tweaking that language in an important way: how Christ changes people. Continue reading

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