Confession of sin is one of the harder things a believer does.  Confession is not natural to man. In confession, we set aside prideful self-defense, humbly acknowledge the reality of our sin, and embrace a willingness to make restitution to those we have harmed.  None of those things come with ease. It would be easier […]

I have a great passion for the ministry of biblical counseling.  The training I have received through ACBC (The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) has been invaluable to my ministry as a pastor, and seeing the Lord transform lives through His Word in the counseling room has been one of the true highlights of observing […]

“Consider for a moment which comes easier for you: a critical thought towards someone who has failed to meet your expectations, or a word of encouragement to a fellow sinner also in need of grace? Now consider God’s will for His Church: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as […]

Editor’s Note: This is part two in a series. Part one may be found here. Not every “fix-it” project turns out well.  Last year CNN published an article about art restoration projects that turned out less than ideal, like the repairs made to a fresco of Jesus in Borja, Spain: In 2012, the efforts of […]

When a counselee graduates from the discipleship counseling process, I encourage him to continue in the spiritual disciplines and patterns he has developed in the counseling process. Sometimes it is easy to forget the things that most help us walk with God, so I have put together a brief list of essentials for the spiritual […]

Whether you are someone struggling with trials and/or sins, or you are a counselor helping a person who is struggling with trials and/or sins, you must be careful not to read the Bible with a “fix-it” mentality.  What I mean is that you must be cautious of reading God’s Word in such a way that […]

Arthur Lampitt was driving his tan Ford Thunderbird to work one July morning in 1963 when he was involved in a car accident so bad that he was reported as dead on the local radio station. It had been raining and his car tires need replacing — in fact, he’d tried to get them replaced […]

“Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.”1 Timothy 1:16 How (Not) to Respond to the Messy Business of Counseling Biblical counseling is a messy business. According to Paul […]

Bob and Betty pull you aside after the morning service, and with a mixed look of despair and frustration ask if they could meet with you later in the day. Without giving details in their request to meet, their bloodshot eyes indicate that their world has somehow imploded. Wanting to help and without giving it […]

Editor’s Note: This is part three in a series. Part one may be found here, and part two may be found here. In previous posts, we considered how seriously God’s Word condemns laziness. We also looked at some ways that the Scriptures connect laziness to other sins and common counseling issues. In this post, I’d like especially to focus on the Scriptural judgment of laziness as a failure to love one’s neighbor. This insight has been […]

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