Hebrews 12 is perhaps the most well known passage related to God’s spiritual discipline of his children. Notice all the things that the writer of Hebrews says about God and discipline in that passage: God will reprove his people (vv. 5-6 [3x]). God loves the people he disciplines (v. 6a). His discipline may involve […]

  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 […]

  I have the privilege of training and supervising biblical counselors nearly every week. Working with those who disciple and minister as biblical counselors is a part of my pastoral role of “equipping the saints for the work of service” (Eph 4:15-16). It is one of my favorite parts of ministry. Like a coach working […]

  Editor’s Note: This blog is the second of a two part series on Paul’s discussion of biblical roles in marriage in Ephesians 5:22-23. Be sure you read the second post in this series. In Ephesians 5:22-33, Paul reveals a profound mystery: the mystery of … MARRIAGE! Marriage is designed by God to proclaim the […]

  James says that God “brought us forth by the word of truth” (v. 18). We were dead in our sin, but God caused us to be born again. He enabled us to see ourselves as we really are and to see Christ as he truly is. When we responded in faith, it was like […]

    Biblical counselors should be familiar with how the Bible addresses laziness. God speaks to the matter in Scripture, directly targeting the “idle,” “sluggard,” and “slothful.” Scripture addresses the issue in a host of other ways as well: through implication, by illustration in a narrative, in commending virtues like diligence and self-control, as it […]

    Editor’s note: This post is part two of two that looks at four responses to trouble in our lives and four reasons to trust God found in Psalm 27. These responses or instructions reveal the “how” to trust God when we have trouble. This post looks at the third and fourth responses; part […]

    Editor’s note: This post is part one of two that looks at four responses to trouble in our lives and four reasons to trust God found in Psalm 27. These responses or instructions reveal the “how” to trust God when we have trouble. The first two responses are covered in this post, and […]

    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 […]

  In our day and age when we have access to sermons galore on demand and immediate contact with friends through our devices, the importance of commitment to the church worship service may be a hard sell for some people. However, there are solid reasons why every believer should count this as one of the […]

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