Friday’s 5 to Live By

February 20, 2015

Friday's 5 To Live By

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Friday's 5 To Live By

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living.

Mental Illness and the Church

In the biblical counseling world, how do we develop a compassionate and comprehensive response to those diagnosed with mental illness? Dr. Bob Kellemen, at his RPM Ministries website, addresses that question with a free resource on Mental Illness and the Church: Developing a Compassionate and Comprehensive Response.

3 Elements in Every Funeral Sermon

Pastor Brian Croft, at his Practical Shepherding site asks and addresses the question, What 3 Elements Should Be in Every Funeral Sermon? 

“Nice” Counselors and Vital Faith

Ed Welch, at the CCEF site, writes:

“John Bettler, the founding Executive Director of CCEF, was the one who taught me that “nice” is a dirty word. That is, nice can be a counterfeit of growth in grace because it seems patient and kind but could exist due to one’s genetic constitution or good circumstances. I, for example, am usually nice. I don’t scream and yell. I like most people. I usually do not say kind things while thinking unkind ones. But I was nice before being regenerated by the Spirit.”

Learn more about “niceness” not necessarily being Christlikeness in “Nice” Counselors and Vital Faith.

2 Big Reasons Our Evangelism Isn’t Working

Jonathan Dodson of Gospel-Centered Discipleship notes that:

“One in five Americans don’t believe in a deity. Less than half of the population attends religious services on a regular basis. People simply find our evangelism unbelievable. Why? While a person’s response to Christ is ultimately a matter that rests in God’s sovereign hands—something we have no control over—a person’s hearing of the gospel is a matter we do have control over and responsibility for.”

Read the rest of Jonathan’s post to learn 2 Big Reasons Our Evangelism Isn’t Working.

An Extraordinary Skill for Ordinary Christians

Tim Challies reflects on a John Piper quote:

“Here is a vocation that will bring you more satisfaction than if you became a millionaire ten times over: Develop the extraordinary skill for detecting the burdens of others and devote yourself daily to making them lighter.”

Tim goes on to say: “This is the extraordinary ministry for every ordinary Christian—bearing the burdens of others. What seems so mundane and so unspectacular, is actually bringing great glory and honor to God.”

Read the rest of Tim’s post at An Extraordinary Skill for Ordinary Christians.

Join the Conversation

Which post impacted you the most? Why? What blog posts have you enjoyed this week that you want to share with others?