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Posted on 7/21/2014 by Margaret Ashmore
"They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.” Jeremiah 8:11
Psalm 1 is the gateway to the whole of the Psalms. 5th century theologian St. Gerome called this the “psalm of psalms and the Christian handbook on the whole of the bible.” In light of its clear and life altering implications the simplicity is striking. In a few short verses the reader will learn more about obtaining a deep-seated contentment and joy than all the philosophies, all the worldly promises of wealth and power, all the pleasure and amusement the world has to offer – and its going to do so by telling us three things not to do and one thing to do. (I will add that the following are all under the auspices of counseling.)
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked nor stand in the path of sinners nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night.”
Posted on 7/16/2014 by Kevin DeYoung
Question 1: Are You a Fake Friend?
There is one defining characteristic of the phony friend in Proverbs: he uses people. The fake friend makes friends with people who can give him things. He establishes relationships solely for personal gain. In Proverbs this means money.
- “Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend” (19:4).
- “The poor is disliked by his neighbor, but
Posted on 7/14/2014 by Leslie Vernick
Last month I received an avalanche of responses on my Facebook page to last month’s blog “Let’s Not Call it Abuse”. Many women recounted painful experiences of invalidation, minimization and silence from their Christian counselor when she disclosed what was happening at home.
From the overwhelming feedback I received, it obvious I hit a raw nerve and I think it best that we, as biblical counselors pay attention.
Posted on 7/7/2014 by Bob Kellemen
It’s instructive that the Bible not only alerts us to watch out for doctrinal heresy, but also for relational heresy.
The Bible commands us not only to be careful out there about people who are false teachers; we also must be careful out there about people who are false lovers—divisive, biting, devouring, overbearing, quarrelsome, and contentious people.
Consider just a few of the times that the Bible warns us to be careful, to be on guard against, and to watch out for divisive people.
Posted on 7/2/2014 by Brad Hambrick
This is one blog in a series where I will be reflecting on the subject of mental illness. My purpose in raising this series of questions is not to lead the reader to the same conclusions I have, but to facilitate better conversations and reflections on this subject within the church.
When engaging a difficult and highly personal subject, it is better to start with good questions than a list of answers. The better our questions are, the more responsibly we will utilize the answers of which we are confidant, the more humbly we will approach areas of uncertainty, and the more we will honor one another in the process of learning.
Posted on 6/30/2014 by Paul Tripp
We're in the middle of looking at three mentalities that are essential to creating and sustaining a healthy relational lifestyle. Last week we discussed what it meant to live in our relationships withA Harvest Mentality.
Here's the second mentality:
2) YOU MUST LIVE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH AN INVESTMENT MENTALITY:
We're all treasure hunters. We all live to gain, maintain, keep, and enjoy things that are valuable to us. Our behavior in any given situation of life is our attempt to get what is valuable to us out of that situation. There are things in your life to which you have assigned importance, and once you have, you are no longer willing to live without them (these principles are laid out in Matthew 6:19–33).
Posted on 6/27/2014 by Justin Holcomb
Domestic violence is extremely prevalent and damaging, but frequently hidden.
Intimate partner violence is pervasive in U.S. society. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Nearly three out of four of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
Posted on 6/25/2014 by Greg Wilson
Christians have idols that we love to hate, at least superficially, like materialism, pride and sex. For some reason, it is much easier to see how they can divert our attention from the Lord than the idols that we love to love, like conservative politics, the American dream, and the nuclear family. These, we elevate to the status of “Christian values.” Yet, even the good and well-intentioned things that we do as Christ-followers are idols when they cause Christ to lose preemminence in our lives.
Posted on 6/23/2014 by Paul Tripp
God’s Word really does open up to us the mysteries of the universe. It really does make us wiser than we could ever be without it. And yet, having said this, it's sad that we don’t take more advantage of this wisdom God has given us.
It's sad that we don’t think his thoughts after him. It's sad that we don’t require ourselves to look at life through the lens of his revelation. It's sad that we swindle ourselves into thinking that we're wiser than we are. It's sad that we're not irritated by our foolishness. It's sad that we're not motivated to seek his help.