Basics for Discipleship in Suffering

Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee

Talking to someone who is suffering can be disorienting. The person’s emotions and interpretations rush at you. And the sufferer’s pain guarantees you will need to use great care as you interact. But there is opportunity in trials because they give direction and shape to discipleship. This particular trial and this specific suffering become the immediate context in which discipleship takes place. Here are three basics to remember when the opportunity comes. Continue reading

Help to the Hurting: A Response to the Shooting in Las Vegas

The BCC

The BCC

When tragedy strikes human beings want many things. We want to find refuge from the horror. We want comfort. We want things to return to “normal.” We want answers, especially to the question, “Why?” As our nation reels in the aftermath of the shooting in Las Vegas we know these desires have risen in the hearts of many. Continue reading

Got Depression? Take Every Thought Captive!

Taking every thought captive moves a counselee toward hope, especially while facing depression. Today’s guest blogger is Joshua Waulk, the Founder and Executive Director of Baylight Counseling, a nonprofit biblical counseling ministry in Clearwater, Florida.  “I’m stuck, and I feel like God’s nowhere to be found.” “I can’t get over how they treated me—like I’m something…

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Biblical Storm Tips after Harvey

Kevin Hurt

Kevin Hurt

As I’ve thought once again about Harvey, and previous storms both in the U.S. and around the world, I was reminded of the storms that hit all our lives, not just physical storms like in Houston, TX, but the spiritual storms — the ones the Bible tells us we can expect (John 16:33; James 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 4:12-19, etc.). Continue reading

What’s God’s Goal for You in Suffering?

God’s ultimate goal for you. . .what is it? Wealth? Health? Or something so much better? BCC staff counselor and trainer Donna Hart, PhD encourages you to focus on God’s ultimate goal when your circumstances overwhelm you. This article appeared first at her blog. –Ed. When circumstances overwhelm us, our spirits can feel like they are…

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Trauma and the Significance of Meaning

Dave Dunham

Dave Dunham

“How could he?” It was my counselee’s constant refrain. Her husband’s sins were horrible, and though she had known about them for nearly a year now, the shock of it all was still strong. Some friends and family were annoyed at the repeated phrase and insisted she needed to get over it by now. But when you’ve suffered trauma, the repeated words are a significant indicator of effort. Repetition in the life of a trauma victim is an effort in finding meaning. Meaning is found beyond trauma in the person and work of Christ. Continue reading

The Meaning of Wedding Vows

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Several years ago, someone told me the story of a young couple in another city. The wife, in her early 30’s, was informed that she had breast cancer. The evening before her mastectomy her husband came by her hospital room. He did not touch her. He simply said, “I cannot live with a breastless woman. I will be filing for a divorce.” When I was told this tragic story, I questioned it. My informant assured me that it was a true story.

What a contrast to my friends Jim and Jane (not their real names) who are walking through a very difficult time with Jane suffering from a malignant brain tumor. Continue reading

Is “a Pain-Free Life” the Goal?

Beverly Moore

Beverly Moore

Over the years, I have had numerous counselees who have suffered from being sexually abused during their childhood. This is in my past as well. Understandably, the effects have been devastating. In most instances the abuse was done by someone the counselee knew and trusted. This fact adds to the hurt, pain, confusion, and feelings of betrayal. Continue reading

Domestic Abuse: How to Counsel Victims

DOMESTIC ABUSE: Here’s wisdom on counseling victims. Guest writer Joshua Waulk, director of Baylight Counseling, says domestic abuse, in all forms, is anti-gospel and anti-Christ. His article appeared first here and is used with permission. Domestic abuse, in all forms, represents a gross departure from how Scripture portrays biblical marriage, including the example of self-sacrificial…

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Humility

Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee

It’s humbling to admit, but I almost didn’t make it to my first biblical counseling classes because of anxiety. What began as apprehensiveness about the quality of my work and my classroom performance morphed into full-blown anxiety about how I could possibly be a biblical counselor if fear of man so gripped my heart. Little did I know that God would use my sin as the context for revealing the gracious ways He uses others in the fight for holiness. Continue reading