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Category Archives: Counseling Topics

3 Spiritual Disciplines for Dispelling Defeating Doubts

Are you confronted with your inadequacy at the moment of ministry, whether public or private? How do you recover at the critical moment? Over the years, the following three spiritual discipline has help strengthen me and increase my faith. Continue reading

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How to Relate Truth to Life: Connecting Ancient Texts with Modern People

Some of the hardest work of counseling and preaching is helping people see how God’s word addresses them without their self-justifications kicking in. In 1 Peter 4:15, Peter demonstrates a method or model we can follow in our ministry of the Word. Continue reading

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Weekend Megaphone Post: What’s Medical About Mental Illness

On weekends we often use our BCC “megaphone” to alert you to excellent resources on other biblical counseling sites. Today we highlight the blog site of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). The ACBC is providing videos of their plenary sessions from their recent annual conference. Continue reading

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The Brain’s Response to Threat

It is always great when someone in research science spends time and money to prove something that we knew all along. In a study done at the University of Exeter, researchers have found that the brain response to a perceived threat is stopped when we are reminded that we are loved and cared for! Who knew? Continue reading

Topics: Fear/Worry, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Stress | Tags: , , ,

Depression and Exercise

It is reported that exercising three times a week reduces the risk of depression in adults by 16%. And, the benefit increases 6% for each added day one exercises! That means that my risk of depression has been cut by 34% just because I run 6 days a week! Continue reading

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Hope Is a Very Good Thing: What Is the Active Ingredient in Antidepressant Medication?

The active ingredient in today’s crop of antidepressant medications appears to be hope. The study was done at the UCLA Medical School and examined whether or not patient attitude toward the treatment made a difference in the outcome. Continue reading

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Chemical Imbalances and Depression

There is interesting news in the field of medical research for depression. I am always grateful when medical researchers take another look at a significant problem in life when the current answers don’t seem to work well. This is so true of depression. People do struggle with real sadness today and the answers that medicine offers are just not working as well as hoped. Continue reading

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What Changes for a Church when Counseling Becomes Formal?

What does it mean for a church to have a “counseling ministry”? It is one thing to say “we all do counseling every day when we hear each other’s struggles and seek to offer comfort or guidance from the Bible” and another thing to say “our church has a counseling ministry and we would be happy to help you schedule an appointment with a member of our counseling team.” Continue reading

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What Does the Biblical Counsel God Is “Into” Look Like?

The counsel God is “into” will look like Him. His truth. Offered in love. With speech tailored to the needs of the moment. Continue reading

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Biblical Counseling for the Great Commission

This is a simple plea that those of you whom God is calling to be biblical counselors consider your counseling as a way of reaching the unreached peoples of the world with the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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