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A Biblical Counseling Worldview Part Two

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Ministry, The Gospel

These five distinctives and ten statements of biblical counseling hopefully provide some structure and support for our biblical counseling worldview. In a previous post, we discussed particular truths and distinctions that make the biblical counseling worldview unique. This lesson continues that discussion by considering five distinctives of biblical counseling that hopefully provide some structure and...

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The Implications of Misplaced Identity

Author: Category: Counseling, Identity/Roles

As muddled a topic as identity can be in the lives of people, I have found God’s Word to bring great clarity on the topic of identity, self-worth and value. The idea of identity is one of those nebulous concepts that can be hard to understand. Yet, in my pastoral and counseling ministries, I consistently...

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Do You Equate Making Disciples to Counseling?

Author: Category: Counseling, Ministry, Relationships, The Gospel

According to the teachings of Jesus and the Great Commission, we are all called to make disciples – to counsel the Word in our lives and of others. How many of us don’t know someone who has struggled or is currently struggling with depression, anxiety, parenting problems, addictions, marriage issues? It’s our commitment at the...

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Recognizing and Responding to Domestic Abuse

Author: Category: Counseling, Relationships

Because the image of God is sacred, an assault upon one of his image-bearers through domestic abuse is an attack upon God himself. Smartly-dressed Mike and his wife Debbie walked into my office for their first session. One look at Debbie revealed that she had been crying, but was trying to hold it together. Mike...

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What Is Love?

Author: Category: Counseling, Marriage, Relationships

What is love? One of the reasons many of us do not experience love to the fullest, it because we do not truly know what is real love. In this month that holds Valentine’s Day, red roses fly off the florist shelf, date nights abound, candies and notes fall into the decorated boxes of elementary...

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A Definition for Biblical Counseling

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Ministry, The Gospel

Biblical counseling can be defined as a fluid event and process of a Spirit-empowered Christ follower providing face-to-face ministry of the Word to others. Biblical counseling is a process of focused discipleship. It is one aspect of discipleship. It is an aspect of discipleship focused on the application of God’s Word and walking in God’s...

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New Year, New Biblical Counseling Conference, Same Heart

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Ministry, The Gospel

It’s a New Year and a new Biblical counseling conference with the same heart to call all believers to grow in their practical ability to counsel the Word. Our team at the Association of Biblical Counselors is excited and grateful for the opportunity to gather this April 27-29th at the ABC National Conference. This new Biblical counseling...

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Top Biblical Counseling Books of 2016

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Ministry, Non-Profit

Here, in alphabetical order, are the top 16 biblical counseling books published in 2016 about biblical counseling or important to biblical counselors. If you are a counselor, pastor, student, one-another minister, small group leader, or spiritual friend, you want to know the most helpful books about the personal ministry of the Word— using God’s Word...

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Every Christian Should See a Counselor

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Marriage, The Gospel

I believe every Christian should spend extended time with a counselor. Now, I know that’s a provocative statement, so let me explain. Years ago, I was listening to a message by a pastor I respect, and he was talking about how he and his wife go to counseling. So, I went home and told my...

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Helping Others Find Peace this Christmas

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Family, Relationships, The Gospel

For as bright as the holidays may be, it is equally dark for many, giving us the opportunity to live out our divine call to counsel in helping others find peace this Christmas! The holiday season is again upon us ushering in a seemingly magical transformation of social life. Celebration is the theme of the...

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