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Category Archives: Temptation

The Bachelor Pastor

I have waited 44 years to write this. It is my last sermon as a single man. This coming Saturday I will marry the love of my life, Miss Jennifer Terrell. The unusual circumstances of my marriage give me an opportunity to say some important things. The first circumstance that makes my marriage atypical is my age. I am 44 years and 7 months old. If the national average age for a man’s first marriage is 28, this means I’ve had more time than average to think about these things. The second circumstance is my role in the church. I have been a pastor for 20 years and senior pastor here at Bethel for 15. My observation is that bachelor pastors are rarer than Packer fans at Soldier Field, and they are sometimes treated like them. They receive disparaging comments, questions of sexual orientation, and the like. Continue reading

Topics: Christian Living, Marriage & Family, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Premarital, Temptation | Tags: , ,

Debt Is A Lot Like Porn

In this post, I will look at six parallels between debt and pornography. As you read through these reflections, there are several ways I would want to frame your thoughts. Continue reading

Topics: Guilt, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Pornography, Sexual Purity, Temptation | Tags: , , , , , ,

Friday’s Five to Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. 2 Consistent Lies About Chick-fil-a Denny Burke carefully delineates 2 … Continue reading

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Friday’s Five to Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Loving Those Who Grieve How do we as the body … Continue reading

Topics: Five To Live By, Grief/Loss, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Temptation | Tags: , , , , , ,

A Testimonial: How Biblical Counseling Helped a Man Struggling with Pornography

BCC Staff Note: This resource is part of a Biblical Counseling Coalition series of testimonies by people who have received biblical counseling. Though anonymous, each testimony is from a real person who is excited to share how biblical counseling has … Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Pornography, Sin, Temptation | Tags: , , , ,

Seeing God’s Hand in Our Daily Hardships: Part 3—Experience

BCC Staff Note: You’re reading Part 3 of an eight-part series by Robert D. Jones. Read Part 1 and Part 2. Enduring Trials Many factors make trials endurable: our own spiritual maturity and coping skills, the support and encouragement of … Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Faith, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Suffering, Temptation | Tags: , , ,

Post-Prayer Satanic Whispers

“…and forgive my sins. In Jesus name, Amen.” Within seconds the wicked whispers start. “Too short.” “Too shallow.” “Too distracted… again.” “Missed out her, and him, and them…” “Yawn. Nothing new to say?” “You call that a prayer?” “Not enough … Continue reading

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How Do We Overcome Sexual Sin?

Imagine that a counselee, parishioner, or spiritual friend came to you with the following story. “I’m struggling. I’ve been married five times. Now I’m with another man. I feel like I just have to have a man. I’m desperate and … Continue reading

Topics: Idolatry, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Sexual Purity, Temptation | Tags: , , , ,

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