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Category Archives: Relationships

2016 BCC Global Conference: Revive the Nations | June 5th - 7th, Chicago, IL

5 Practical Ways to Help Your Counselees Find Friendships

Here are five practical ways we encourage counselees to find and form Christ-centered friendships. Continue reading

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Why Is Friendship So Hard?

Since the publication of The Company We Keep (TCWK), it’s been encouraging to see more being written on the topic of friendship here at the BCC. One of the ongoing questions I’ve received since writing TCWK is in regards to the difficulty of forming friendships in the church. Continue reading

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Get Out of the Way

When you meet with someone for counseling, it is always good to remember that you, too, are in the counseling room. Our hearts are always active and counselors are not above getting caught up in the situation. It shouldn’t surprise us that we can get in the way of the work going on in the room. Our focus must be on what the Lord has called us to. We have been given a ministry by the Lord and we must follow Him. He is working in our own hearts too in the midst of the counseling session. There are surely many ways a counselor can get in the way when counseling, here are three common ones. Continue reading

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Weekend Resource: Relationally Wise Pastoral Care

Do you want to build stronger relationships? Become a more valued influence in the lives of those you love and shepherd? Be able to navigate the uncomfortable tensions and inevitable conflicts that often occur in pastoral care? In short, would you like to become more skilful in your relationships? If you’re like me, the answer is a clear and unambiguous “Yes!” But while I know I need more godly skill (wisdom) in all my relationships, it’s often quite hard to translate that desire into real-life relational skills. How do I actually become a wiser counselor, a wiser pastor, and a wiser friend? Continue reading

Topics: BCC Exclusive, Biblical Counseling, Friendships, Megaphone Post, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Relationships | Tags: , ,

The Counselor’s Vulnerability

The counselor’s relationship with his or her counselee is a central element for the spiritual work done in biblical counseling. The counselor, because of love for Christ and His people, is motivated from genuine concern and care that develops vulnerable relationships while dealing with other people’s problems. However, there lurks the subtle hazard of becoming problem-oriented rather than people-oriented. Many discover that sharp distinction between knowledge of how to minister the Word of God versus actually having a ministry from the Word of God. Continue reading

Topics: BCC Exclusive, Biblical Counseling, Love, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Relationships | Tags: , ,

How to Pursue Friendships through Hardships

Here are some biblical principles to guide our hearts as we navigate the waters of friendship when it’s hard to do so. Continue reading

Topics: BCC Exclusive, Biblical Counseling, Conflict, Friendships, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Relationships | Tags: , , , ,

7 Gospel-Centered Principles for Protecting Your Marriage

Almost every marriage begins with joy as newlyweds anticipate sharing life together. Sadly, not all couples live happily ever after. A large percentage of marriages end in divorce. Other couples remain married, but drift apart emotionally due to bitterness or mutual indifference. They share a name and a home, but not a life. What can a couple do to preserve the joyful loving intimacy of their marriage? Consider these seven gospel-centered principles… Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Marriage & Family, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Relationships | Tags: , ,

Gospel Light Is Brightest When It Gets Darker Outside

The recent Supreme Court decision in favor of homosexual marriage is one that grieves our heart. It brings grief because we know the Scriptures are true when it says that sin is a disgrace to any nation (Proverbs 14:34). But it also grieves us because we are sinners who have experienced the transforming power of the gospel and, therefore, also know that the hearty approval of sin does not do the sinner any favors. Instead it only leads to a deeper hardening of the heart away from God. So we grieve, but we do not grieve without hope. Continue reading

Topics: Biblical Counseling, Grief/Loss, Homosexuality, Hope, Marriage & Family, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers, Relationships | Tags: , , , , ,

Friday’s 5 to Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top 5 biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living. Continue reading

Topics: BCC Exclusive, Biblical Counseling, Communication, Five To Live By, Local Church Ministry, Marriage & Family, People in Need of Care, People Who Offer Care, People Who Train Caregivers | Tags: , , , , , ,

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