This past Sunday, I was reminded that ingratitude should be as uncharacteristic for a Christian as quacking is for a dog. Having a grateful heart is essential to the Christian walk and expressing our thankfulness is also important. With that in mind, I want to share some things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving.
First, I am thankful for you and your involvement with the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Whether you are a leader of an international biblical counseling ministry, a writer who contributes to the BCC blog, a financial donor, someone who brings this ministry before the throne of God in prayer or all of the above you play an important role in making the BCC what it is. Your cooperation in ministry manifests what the BCC stands for: uniting biblical counselors to advance the Kingdom of Christ and bring hope and healing to the hurting around the world through the Word of God.
Second, I am thankful for the collaboration of the various biblical counseling organizations who work together with the BCC. As I transition into the role of BCC Director, I had the privilege of attending both the ACBC and CCEF national conferences last month. Many individuals were present at both conferences which is indicative of the unity that is behind the biblical counseling movement. I am thankful for the fruit that will come out of both conferences as people reflect on the messages that were presented. The 40th anniversary celebration of NANC/ACBC was a good reminder of the importance of recognizing the breadth of ministry. It can be tempting to focus in on one counseling case, one event, or one church but it is good to step back from time-to-time and reflect on the vast work God is doing with His people. My favorite quote from CCEF 2016 was from Joni Eareckson Tada, “Comfort and healing come in community; isolation always leads to death.” What an amazing reminder of the important work we do as biblical counselors. Many other organizations are working together with the BCC and I look forward to serving together in ministry in the years ahead.
Most importantly, I am thankful for our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the one who brings us salvation and transforms us from broken-sinful-helpless creatures to Spirit-filled, Word-washed children of the King. May He be glorified in our Thanksgiving celebration this week and in all we do each day.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us at the BCC.
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