Pleasing God by Receiving from Him In Part 1 of this blog series on what it means to God, we saw that the first step toward pleasing God is to think of him as a mountain spring, and not as a watering trough. That is, the way to please God is not to do […]

  The Goal of Counseling — and of Life A tool I have used many times — for myself and for counselees — is an assignment to ask oneself the following question at least 25 times throughout the day: “I am here to glorify God — how am I doing right now?”1 This goes with […]

    A Hypothetical Situation Imagine a situation where you are stranded on an island, and by all rights you should die there because the conditions are harsh; and although there exists a place where you could live without any troubles or fears, it is impossible to reach that place without dying in the effort […]

    The Search for Relief People come to counseling because they want relief. The man whose life is being destroyed by his online gambling habit wants relief. The mother who worries that her efforts (and their results) are not good enough for God wants relief. The man whose demanding and ungodly boss is making […]

    Introduction In a previous post, we looked at the relationship between mortification of sin and a biblical assurance of salvation. An overview of Romans, leading up to Paul’s teaching on the Christian life in chapter 8, demonstrated that the Holy Spirit testifies to the sonship of the believer, as the believer is being […]

  People coming for biblical counseling often struggle with the question of assurance of salvation. Perhaps they have misunderstood what assurance is (for example, they might believe that they have assurance because they prayed a sinner’s prayer as a child), or it could be that they are rightly lacking assurance because they have not been […]

  When Paul wrote that all Scripture is “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16), he was writing in context about the Old Testament Scriptures, which he also said were able to make one wise “for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” […]

  Editor’s Note: This post is part 1 of 2 of a series about Isaiah. In this series of posts, Jason Kruis provides an overview of the book of Isaiah looking at judgement, historical interlude, salvation, and a homework example. Series Intro When Paul wrote that all Scripture is “breathed out by God and profitable […]

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