“Confessions” of a Poor Listener

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

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Today’s post is a “tongue in cheek” look at a very common problem we all have to pay attention to. We hope that you can not only snicker as you read but also be challenged to develop a key skill for relationship-building and counseling. Continue reading

How Gratitude Can Grow Out of Grief

Steve Viars

Steve Viars

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This morning I had the opportunity to sit down with a couple from our church whose young nephew died in a car accident a few days ago. He was a Marine visiting family members around the country in-between deployments. He had just called his grandpa during a stop for gas and refreshments. Fifteen minutes later he was involved in an accident with a semi-truck and never regained consciousness.

This dear man and wife from our church were with the family in the hospital when their nephew was ushered into eternity. The grief was thick in the air as we rehearsed all they had experienced. Continue reading

Our Growth in Grace Is a Community Journey

Bob Kellemen

Bob Kellemen

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Everyone wants to change and grow, but all too frequently we miss the biblical context for growth—the church. The world often tells us, “It takes a village.” God’s Word consistently informs us, “It takes a church.” We can summarize the biblical message like this: Our Growth in Grace Is a Community Journey. Do you want to grow in grace? The Bible teaches that it happens in the Body of Christ. Continue reading

The Process of Renewing the Mind (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

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In this second installment of a two-part series on renewing the mind, we consider some of the components of this crucial part of the Christian life. Recall from the last post how Pastor Mark had to help Jeremy, an emotionally distant husband, figure how he needed to change in order to honor God in his marriage. Continue reading

The Process of Renewing the Mind (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

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This post is part one of a two-part series on how we can guide counselees in the critical task of renewing the mind. In this first installment we are introduced to an insensitive husband and the pastor who has the privilege of helping him figure how he needed to change. Continue reading

Numbering Our Days and Training Biblical Counselors

Jim Newheiser

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We can’t be certain what the future will hold, but we trust that God will do good in many lives (including ours) and bring glory to Himself. Please join us in praying for this new opportunity to strengthen the church of Christ through the training of biblical counselors. Continue reading

Biblical Mentoring for Teenagers

Ellen Castillo

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“Mentoring” is a buzzword in our current culture. A quick google search on the words “mentoring teenagers” yields dozens of articles, blogs, organizations, and curricula to mentor teens in both the secular and Christian realms.

Biblical mentoring sets itself apart from many other mentoring strategies because it is not a program or a formalized ministry. Continue reading

Freedom from Regret

Paul Tautges

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Irreversible decisions are the hardest to live with. You know you’ve done wrong, but it is too late to undo it. Now you must live with the consequences, whatever they may be. But how? Do you beat yourself up forever? Do you live in a state of habitual sullenness? Do you become bitter toward others or God? The pain of regret and the constant nagging of a conscience that knows you have sinned and been foolish have the potential of crippling you forever. Is this how it must be, or is there a better way? Continue reading

Getting Up after a Fall

Lucy Ann Moll

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Sinful choices can become a slippery slope too. One sinful choice may slide into another, reminiscent of Psalm 1:1; then the Christian may face a problem she helped create: a marital separation, an addiction, a lost job, anxiety, depression, bitterness. Her problem might cause enough angst to bring her to your counseling office, looking for relief. But relief isn’t the real answer is it? Relief is among the world’s counterfeits for mankind’s greatest and truest need—the gospel. Continue reading

The #1 Way God Gets Your Attention!

Lucy Ann Moll

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Hurrying to answer the ring, Cheri slammed her toe into a Little People garage toy and lost her balance as she reached for the phone. Then — wham! — she fell flat on her back. Literally. I was the caller, and … Continue reading