On November 14, 2020, Jay Adams departed this earth and went home. Many have started writing their personal recollections of him. I did not know him personally and was not his friend, but I met him on two occasions—the first of which had a significant impact on my life. To the best of my recollection, […]

There is much confusion about the role of the Holy Spirit and His activities in believers. One of the most confused truths about Him is His work to fill believers.  In Ephesians 5:18, Paul commands Christ’s followers to be filled by the Spirit; the question is, “how are we filled by the Holy Spirit?”  We […]

Do you ever find yourself finding fault with God? It may sound extreme, but I would suggest that this tendency is present in every sin we commit. Each and every time you sin, you are looking at God and saying, in effect, “You should have given that to me. Since you didn’t, I’m taking it […]

One April day a few years ago, a couple in northern California went for a walk on their property of a few acres—they were looking for a little outside air, exercise, and conversation. They found something more. Buried by a tree on their property were old cans full of mint-condition gold coins dating from 1847-1894. […]

It can be argued that repentance is not a popular subject to bring up these days, even in the church. And your response to such a statement may be, “Yeah, and it wouldn’t take much to make that case either.” Assuming that this is true, how should this neglect be addressed? More sermons on repentance? […]

Many years ago, while counseling a troubled married couple, the wife asked me, “How do you deal with anxiety in your life?” I don’t remember what precipitated the question, but I remember my response: “I’m not sure what to tell you. [I hadn’t had any biblical counseling training yet, as you can tell by the […]

When you, Christian, have need of reminding that Scripture is your treasure from the Lord and of how various facets of its perfection bear on the issues of your life, you need look no further than the riches stored up for you in Psalm 119. Because of this psalm’s length, I have used it as […]

Skill and competence in biblical counseling, like in any other discipline, rest on a firm grasp of the basic elements of discipleship. Formal biblical counseling involves utilizing six key elements: Data gathering, building a relationship (involvement), determining ministry needs, ministering the Word, communicating hope, and implementing homework. In this series of articles, we will go […]

In 1 John 2:15 the apostle John gives the very first command of the entire epistle: “Do not love the world or the things in the world.” John doesn’t tell the church right off the bat what they should or shouldn’t do, but rather what they should and shouldn’t love. John cuts right to the […]

In Same Sex Attraction and the Gospel – Part 1, we worked through some of the benefits of the gospel. The wise counselor will also be faithful to discuss the demands of the Gospel. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” To the church in Colossae Paul […]