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Category Archives: Sanctification

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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Our Gospel Identity in Christ and Sexual Abuse “Triggers”

You’re reading Part 4 in a four-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on loss, grief, suffering, and Christ’s healing hope. In today’s post, Adam Embry addresses how mind renewal and our identity in Christ can help sexual abuse victims to address unwanted memories and “triggers” of past abuse. Continue reading

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Bridge to Hope: A Biblically-Based Addictions Program

We at the Reigning Grace Counseling Center believe that the addict can be set free from their enslaving lusts as they begin to understand the heart of addiction. Continue reading

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Gospel Terminus

The gospel tries to guide us somewhere in life with God and one another. There is a particular posture of the soul God has in mind for us—a certain end point to which He uses the gospel to lead. Sometimes we can stop short of this terminus. Continue reading

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9 Differences Between Legal Obedience and Gospel Obedience

Duty can be a dirty word in the Christian world these days. It is certainly a hot topic. But some advice from a 350-year-old book may help sort out some of the controversy over what is legalism and what is Gospel application in counseling and Christian maturity. Continue reading

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Dealing with Stubborn Desires through Worship

How do you deal with frustrating, stubborn sinful desires? Is it possible for the heart and its entrenched desires to change? If so, how does change take place? As an answer let’s explore the theme of worship and how true worship is superior to and defeats false worship. We will see that if false worship is the problem then true worship is the solution. Continue reading

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BCC Weekend Media Resource: Piper and Keller Wrestle with Sanctification

In the Spring of 2012, John Piper and Tim Keller sat down to discuss the biblical vision of sanctification. In this 14-minute video they touch on how justification and sanctification relate, along with the dynamics of faith. Continue reading

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Pornography, Radical Measures, and the Gospel

With regard to pornography, this means it is good for us to think about outward measures we would employ to defeat pornography. In fact, if we are serious about becoming free from pornography we must think about this. For all of us who are committed to the sufficiency of the gospel, however, we must be clear that outward measures can never change our heart. Continue reading

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BCC Weekend Resource: Introduction to Biblical Counseling Mini-Course, Session 3: Sanctification Understood

Often on weekends at the BCC’s Grace & Truth blog, we highlight one of our many (and growing list of) resources. This weekend we make you aware of the resource: Introduction to Biblical Counseling Mini-Course, Session 3: Sanctification Understood by Ron and Tim Allchin. Continue reading

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