Top Ten Posts of All Time – #10

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

You may have said (or heard someone say): “I made the mistake and prayed for patience this morning and got stuck in traffic for two hours today. I learned a very valuable lesson today: never pray for patience!” That’s often the way we think about patience, but what does the Bible say about patience and impatience? Continue reading

Top Ten Posts of All Time – #7

Mark Kelly

Depression often robs us of our hope. The temptation in thinking that we cannot be honest with God about our situation deepens this hopelessness. Proceeding in prayer using the psalmist’s example in Psalm 13 breathes new hope into our lives. Continue reading

Am I Really Forgiven?

The following is an excerpt from the soon to be published book In the Aftermath by Bev Moore & Pam Gannon. Jill thought for a long time about God’s forgiveness. She had spent so many years dealing with feelings of condemnation and guilt.  After learning about God’s forgiveness through Christ she was thinking this is… Read More» Continue reading

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This is the second part of a three-part series on using 1 Peter to address the fears and worries of people as they contemplate what they hear on the daily news. In Part 1, the first principle for dealing with fear and worry was: We have a “living hope” because of Jesus’ resurrection. Today’s post continues with two more principles, along with suggested applications for “Kelly” and “Said.” Continue reading

How the Gospel Transforms Our Fears (Part 1)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

This post is the first of a three-part series on helping people who might struggle with fear and worry that is fueled by what they hear on the daily news. Jeff Forrey offers suggested counsel based on 1 Peter. In this first part, he gives an overview of 1 Peter’s relevance for the topic of fear and then applies the first principle for facing fear to “Bill’s” situation. Continue reading

Emotions: Engaging the Expressions of Our Heart

Curtis Solomon

Curtis Solomon

This week the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) will hold their 2016 annual conference (October 14-16) in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The conference is entitled, “Emotions: Engaging the Expressions of Our Hearts.” At first glance the topic of emotions might not seem like it is worthy of an entire conference. Deeper reflection, however, should lead to a very different conclusion. Continue reading

Emotions: Engaging the Experiences of Our Hearts – CCEF National Conference

BCC Staff

BCC Staff

To be Christian is to experience joy and sadness, grief and hope, love and hate, just as Jesus did. Our emotions make us fully human because without them we cannot see the world as God does. They are the difference between life in living reds, greens, and blues and life in black and white! But how do we rightly use this gift? How do we obey Scripture’s call to share our whole hearts honestly before the face of God, without giving into the temptation to indulge or suppress our emotions? That will be the topic of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation’s national conference this year. Here is what you can expect at the conference and pre-conference. Continue reading

Weight-Loss, Fear, and Eating Cheeseburgers for the Glory of God

Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert

One day I was at lunch with a friend. On that particular day I ordered a cheeseburger and fries. My friend ordered a salad with no dressing. You read that correctly—there was no dressing on the salad. We each stared at the other’s plate judging one-another for our food choices when my friend broke the silence: “You shouldn’t eat that. Those things are bad for you.” He proceeded to explain that I needed to eat healthier as he choked back his dry lettuce. Continue reading