Once you get to the intervention, the only surprises should be whether your friend shows up and how he or she responds at the end. If you prepare well, everything in the middle should be well established. Here are some suggestions for the intervention. Continue reading
This post is meant to help you take this step strategically rather than desperately.
Sometimes we are prone to think that interventions are a modern invention, but intentional, tough love conversations in the context of people who know the spiraling individual best have always been part of God’s design. Continue reading
Be careful where you look. Where you stare matters. Without exercising great caution, whatever it is that captivates your attention will inevitably influence your thinking and acting. In part two of this blog, we will help you understand how to protect your eyes and live in victory. Continue reading
Be careful where you look. Where you stare matters. Without exercising great caution, whatever it is that captivates your attention will inevitably influence your thinking and acting. In part one of this two part blog, we will examine a variety of case studies in the biblical text that demonstrate how this influence works. Continue reading
One of the most common questions shared among counselors is, “Do you have a good resource for helping someone dealing with….?” In fact, a good friend just asked me for a reference dealing with homosexuality. This is just an example of the many biblical counseling topics for which we ask one another to recommend helpful resources. Continue reading
One of the things I teach my counseling students is that all counseling problems are on some level theological problems. It may be that the person is unregenerate or, like most of the people I see, does not understand justification and sanctification in their salvation.
The Bible describes us as “being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:13), yet I find women are routinely overwhelmed, discouraged, and in a state of hopelessness because they continue to struggle with sin. Continue reading
Here, in alphabetical order, are the top 16 biblical counseling books published in 2016 about biblical counseling or important to biblical counselors.
If you are a counselor, pastor, student, one-another minister, small group leader, or spiritual friend, you want to know the most helpful books about the personal ministry of the Word— using God’s Word for helping hurting people. Continue reading
In order to be prepared to encounter a resistant teen, it is helpful to gather data from the parents before you begin meeting with the teen. It takes some digging into their history in order to get an overall view of the teens. Teens are often unreliable historians because of their limited perspective and resistance to counseling. Continue reading
It seems impossible to believe that Overseas Instruction in Counseling is already a little more than 10 years old. When, in the Fall of 2005, Susie and I began to envision a ministry that would train pastors around the world in biblical sufficiency-based soul care, we never could have imagined the ways God would open doors of opportunity and expand the ministry we began in June, 2006. Continue reading
The beginning of each New Year often brings with it people being challenged to make resolutions about things in their lives that need changing. Over the years in the counseling and pastoral ministries I have been a part of, I have used the start of a new year to teach what God’s Word says about change. Psalm 131 is a great chapter in the Bible (with just 3 verses) to illustrate where true change comes from. Continue reading