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 […]

Last summer, designer Kate Spade committed suicide. A few days later, chef Anthony Bourdain also took his life. Those two events not only made people question, “How could someone take their own life?” but “How could two so successful people take their own lives?” One columnist wrote, What stands out both Spadeʼs and Bourdainʼs death is the […]

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two part series. Part one addresses The Gospel in Miniature, and The Sad Realities of False Gospels. This article discusses examples of false gospels. The book of Galatians doesn’t specify all the different kinds of false gospels, but it does hint at some that were leading the Galatians astray, and from those hints, and from looking at history, we can deduce a number of other kinds of false gospels […]

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two part series. This article addresses The Gospel in Miniature, and The Sad Realities of False Gospels. Part two discusses examples of false gospels. United Press International reported a few years ago that Italian police had seized $6 trillion in counterfeit U.S. bonds stored in Switzerland that were “possibly” to be used to purchase plutonium… Police said an “organization specializing in international financial transactions guaranteed by counterfeit U.S. bonds,” had moved the […]

In our suffering, we can often respond with much self-focus. If you’re like me when you get sick, you find it challenging to think about much else beyond, “Wow…I feel crummy and I don’t want to feel this way anymore.”  When life hurts, you have likely asked one or more of these questions: “Why?” “Why […]