Your Children and Biblical Counseling

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From the title of this post, you might think I am going to explain how to counsel your children. But no, actually the post will explain why you should raise your children to be biblical counselors. The connection may not be apparent at first. It took me over ten years to see it myself. I was fresh from  learning about Gestalt Psychology in my days at the University of Miami.

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Mending Offenses

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“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaintagainstanyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” – Colossians 3:12-15

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Parenting Does Not Create the Child

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Parenting has become more complicated than it needs to be. It used to be, as far as I can tell, that Christian parents basically tried to feed their kids, clothe them, teach them about Jesus, and keep them away from explosives.

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Using a Personal Journal for Spiritual Growth

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Too often the use of a journal has been dismissed as feminine, “something you do when you need counseling,” or too time consuming.  But with a bit of reflection (which is all journaling is) we might come to a different conclusion.  Many of the great figures in church history has kept a journal, and the church has benefited greatly from this window into their daily life (not as a voyeur, 

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The Role of Authority in Biblical Decision Making

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<p> In my last blog, I put before you my take on how authority helps us to rightly apply the ideas of entitlement, enablement, and boundaries. In this blog, I will attempt to show the importance of viewing biblical decision making through the lens of authority</p>

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Depression and the Ministry, The Need for Wise Disclosure

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During the past year, I have had the privilege of working very closely with Paul Tripp in the development of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care. That experience has given me a deeper understanding of the particular stresses and temptations experienced by pastors in ministry, and will considerably inform the comments that follow as it regards the questions, “How much should you share about your depression with a congregation? How do you explain it?

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Psalm 73: Judgement Day

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"For behold, those who are far from you will perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you." (v.28)  To transgressing of your boundaries You will put an end. To human thoughts of autonomy You will put an end.  To delusions of self-sufficiency  You will put an end.  Grace forbids these going on forever.

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Cutting and Self-Harm

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Today I had the privilege to do an interview with Kurt Goff at www.wdcxfm.com on a very difficult topic - cutting.  If you need a resource to use in helping someone you know and love who is struggling with this issue, I've included a free handout here.  If you are interested in my booklet on cutting, you can find it here.  In the end, if you or your child is a believer in Christ, Jesus is committed to redeeming this problem.  Consider this passage:

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EQUIPPING THE GROUND TROOPS – PART 2

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Frontline Ministry How much effort should we put in helping small group leaders be equipped in biblical counseling? That’s an excellent question. 

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Sexual Abuse Beauty for Ashes Robert W. Kellemen

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Sexual abuse ravages the soul, causing unimaginable distress, damage, and disgrace. It is faced honestly and openly in the Bible—yet we either mistrust it or ignore it, remaining in greater denial than many abuse victims themselves. Can the church truly help those who have been sexually abused? Bob Kellemen uses the example of Amnon and Tamar to portray realistically the damages wrought by sexual abuse and the relevancy of God’s Word to this difficult topic. He then takes us on a journey toward healing, helping sufferers to reclaim beauty from the ashes of abuse and to move from victim to victor. Sample Chapters:  /sites/default/files/files/9781596384194[1].pdf

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