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 […]

Only a matter of days earlier, life was remarkably different than it is now.  It may be that we are living in a time that has not seen its equal in our country for a hundred years.  Many of us are working from home, with kids out of school, and it seems like each time […]

Every counseling session has a goal. If you’re meeting with a counselee for the first time, you are seeking to gain a trusting relationship, instill hope, and gather data. However, if this is your twelfth time meeting with a counselee, you are looking to assign homework and help them assimilate into life in their local […]

What to Remember When the Gospel Doesn’t Make Sense You likely know someone who struggles with the assurance of salvation. Perhaps that person is you. This struggle is real for many Christians, and it is no small matter. To know what you need more than anything and then to be plagued with oppressive doubt, wondering […]

            Delighting in the presence of God keeps us from vainly living for the presents of God.1 Is not most counseling needed because of someone functionally looking to someone or something other than God for supreme delight and purpose in life? When we lose sight of God’s presence, we begin to worship His presents.             […]

The Bible very clearly teaches that a husband has a unique authority in a marriage – he is the head of his wife (Eph. 5:23, 1 Cor. 11:3, 1 Tim. 2:12-13). The Bible very clearly teaches that a wife should acknowledge and submit to his loving leadership (Eph. 5:22, 24, Col. 3:18, 1 Pt. 3:1, […]

What is the fundamental key to the process of biblical counseling? Here is the answer of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC): “Biblical counselors must be committed to the truth that the fundamental key to the process of biblical counseling is the person and work of Jesus Christ.”¹  The person and work of Jesus […]

“In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.” (2 Chronicles 16:12).¹ A Personal Experience I suffered with an undiagnosed case of shingles for pretty much all of April. After mostly ignoring a […]