I have never met someone who enjoys trials. Yes, many believers enjoy the spiritual maturity and deeper relationship with God that come as a result of trials, but I have not met one that enjoys the trial itself. When trial strikes, we all desire escape to one degree or another. This can be seen in the way that […]

It is no secret that believing lies leads us into sin.  We see this as far back as Genesis 3 when Eve believed the lies of the serpent and ate the fruit of the forbidden tree (vv. 1-6).  But perhaps it is not as obvious that we also believe lies as we seek to repent […]

What is the one thing that every counseling conversation must be fixed upon? Counseling Mandates One Proclamation: CHRIST! Paul writes in Colossians 1:28-29, “Him (Christ) we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully […]

Words are powerful.  The old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” simply is not true.  Rolling off a three-ounce slab of tissue (the tongue), words may carry the payload of a two-ton bomb, or the comforting care of a mother’s caress of her newborn babe. For the […]

In a previous post I discussed a framework for how to understand the concept of authority within God’s plan for marriage. In this post I’d like to dig down deeper into God’s design to consider something even more foundational for marriage. After all, the distinct roles assigned to husband and wife within a marriage should […]

In this episode of Counsel the Word Pastor Keith Palmer talks with Pastor Brent Osterberg about how we can use the Psalms of the Bible to minister to our counselees. Here are some things that are discussed in this episode. What are some unique facets of the book of Psalms? How do we counsel the […]

Most Christians are familiar with the hymn, “Amazing Grace,” penned in the 18th century by the converted slave-ship captain, John Newton. But many believers may not be as familiar with the pastoral counseling of Newton, which he engaged in mainly through writing letters to various people over his forty-three years of serving as a pastor. […]

In this episode of Counsel the Word Pastor Keith Palmer talks with Scott Mehl about how we love messy people. Here are some questions that are discussed along with a link to Scott’s new book Loving Messy People. Why did you write the book? What are some skills people would need to minister to messy […]

This article was originally posted at Words of Grace. It has become something of a Western movie caricature — a family or group of families is moving into new territory and has no military protection.  They find themselves in a narrow crevasse, surrounded on both sides by steep cliffs.  Then high on one hill, they […]