Why I Wrote “Pray About Everything”

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

A life of prayer is irrefutable proof of God-dependency. This is true not only of the individual believer, but also of the church. Prayer is direct communication with God. It is crucial, therefore, that we understand how God directs us to speak with Him. Continue reading

Getting Help Is Different Than Venting

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

You may have heard a counselee or friend say, “I just need to get this off my chest!” or “I need to talk to someone or I am going to explode!” These sentiments are common as people struggle and find some relief in expressing their pain. Without a doubt, a compassionate Christian should be ready to listen to another struggling believer. No one can provide help without having a loving, listening attitude. However, we should consider moving from offering mere emotional relief through passive listening to providing actual help through loving instruction. There are some biblical reasons why merely venting is not enough and is even harmful. Consider three important truths to teach your counselee who believes that getting help is equivalent to finding someone to listen to their venting. Continue reading

When You Stop Talking (to God and Others)

David Robinson

David Robinson

Biblical counseling allows for very honest conversations to be fostered in a safe, truthful, gracious, and raw environment.

And as much as we enjoy the sentiments of that first sentence, many say, “I no longer have those conversations – I have stopped talking to God and I’m certainly not going to share with others. In fact, these conversations bring fear and despair. I’ve stopped talking.” Continue reading

“Confessions” of a Poor Listener

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

Today’s post is a “tongue in cheek” look at a very common problem we all have to pay attention to. We hope that you can not only snicker as you read but also be challenged to develop a key skill for relationship-building and counseling. Continue reading