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The Unavoidable Principle of Letting Go (Part Two)

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As a professional counselor, one of the most valuable things we can do for our clients is to help identify the areas where they are living “white-knuckled.” In our previous post, we began to consider the unavoidable principle of letting go that each of us is confronted with. Whether in response to fear, anxiety or...

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Two Ministries of God’s Word

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Faithful ministry of God’s Word in the church includes both preaching the Word and counseling the Word. As we read the scriptures, and specifically look at Jesus’ ministry and instruction to His disciples, we consistently see two ministries of God’s Word: both the preaching of its content and the counseling of its content. The Association...

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Mental Illness and the Church

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At the 2014 Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) annual conference, and at the 2015 Faith Biblical Counseling Training Conference, I presented on: Mental Illness and the Church: Developing a Compassionate and Comprehensive Biblical Counseling Response Here’s a summary of my presentation: As the Body of Christ and as a biblical counseling movement, God calls...

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The Art of Listening

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Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19, NLT Every counselor knows a big part of the job is listening. We are talking Counseling 101. We may remember the first time we sat in our mock counseling appointment and...

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Living In Fear Or In Faith?

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Our country is in mourning over the hateful act of a husband and wife who forever changed the lives of the people attending a company Christmas party in San Bernardino, California. A few weeks ago, terrorists in Paris, France murdered 130 people. The world is becoming a scary place. A soccer game, a pub, a...

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Whatever Became of Sin?

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The inhumanity of Planned Parenthood’s marketing and selling of baby brains, livers, and limbs, the psychopathic murder of two reporters in Roanoke, VA by a man so disturbed that he chronicled the entire tragedy via his own cell phone camera, and the unprecedented celebration of gender confusion and sexual reassignment all beg the question, “Whatever...

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God of Pleasures

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Somewhere in my spiritual journey I picked up this saying: The most important thought you will ever think is what you think about when you think of God. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? No other occupation of the mind is more central to our existence than what we think of God. It affects every other thought and...

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An Amazing Conversation

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Then the Lord said to Cain… (Genesis 4:6a) The Scripture provides a wide range of case material packed with truth and meaning for counseling ministry. The story of Cain offers a prime example (Genesis 4:1-16). While we don’t have access to the details of Cain’s childhood, we can probably learn a few things from what...

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Counseling in a Warzone

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What is your mentality when you sit down to counsel someone? Do you seek to be kind, loving, compassionate, merciful, quick to confront, ready to offer solutions, or eager to give the answers you know are in the Bible? Do you place pressure on yourself to have it all figured out within an hour so you...

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Five Warning Signs a Marriage May Be Destructive

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When Emma first met Rick, she was instantly smitten by his handsome features, strong masculine build, his take charge personality and over the top charm.  Ten months later they were married in a fairy tale wedding in front of over 200 friends and family. Once they returned home from their honeymoon, Rick made it clear...

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