Advent Attitude Assessments: The Love Assessment

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this series of blogs we have been exploring four Christian virtues associated with the Advent season: hope, peace, joy, and love. Each one of these virtues—as Christian virtues—finds their full meaning and significance in Jesus’ ministry on earth. Without them we are at a clear disadvantage in dealing with trials and in demonstrating the reality of the gospel in our lives. I will conclude the series with some reflections on love. Continue reading

Advent Attitude Assessments: The Joy Assessment

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

When we face “trials of various kinds,” rejoicing is not our immediate, natural response. Moreover, while we are going through trials, we are not likely to feel blessed by someone immediately saying to us, “Rejoice!” And yet, James, Paul, and Peter are not uncomfortable writing about the joy imperative in the context of suffering. Continue reading

Advent Attitude Assessments: The Peace Assessment

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Do you (or your counselees) recognize the centrality of peace in the “calling you have received”? The saving of souls is meaningless if it does not promote the harmonization of hearts, because in God’s plan “there is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Continue reading

Advent Attitude Assessments

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

The first assessment for hope has to do with how your (or your counselee’s) thoughts are anchored. Are they tied only to the reality of human limitations? Or are they tied to the trustworthy promises of God backed by his “incomparably great power for us who believe” (Ephesians 1:19)? Continue reading

Christmas Traditions and the Savior

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Christmas Traditions and the Savior

Of course we know that Christmas is about Jesus…So why is it that we miss seeing Him in the midst of all the hustle and bustle? Elyse Fitzpatrick and her daughter, Jessica Thompson, have teamed up again in Counting the Days, Lighting the Candles, a 25-day advent devotional with readings for parents and kids along with four suggested activities meant to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. Continue reading

Friday’s Five to Live By

The BCC

The BCC

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. The Devil’s Playbook Ray Ortlund provides four acts in The … Continue reading