No Greater Promise: Rooting Our Significance, Security, and Rest in the Covenant Formula, Part 1

Joshua Hayward

Joshua Hayward

More often than not, when I begin a counseling process with people I feel overwhelmed by the apparent complexities of the issues. “Where do I begin? Do I talk about this, or that? What do I need to focus on? There’s so much to address!”

It is easy to feel overwhelmed, but good biblical counselors understand the importance of going beneath the presenting problems and addressing the underlying heart cravings that are often the cause of the sense of complexity in any given situation. Continue reading

Contentitis

Ernie Baker

Ernie Baker

Do people grow just by knowing biblical content? Does memorizing biblical facts and hearing lectures alone prepare a person for ministry? Does just hearing content sanctify? Does knowing a lot about the Bible naturally lead to maturity? If training is more than knowing content, then what are the other ingredients? What are the dangers of just giving people content?  

As one who has been around the Church for 59 years and been actively involved in the spiritual growth of the Church both at the local church, academic, and international level for 37 years, these questions have intrigued, haunted, pestered, and even plagued me. Continue reading

Determine the Solution, Change the Heart

To help a struggling person, determine the solution to their problem and use the Word to transform the heart. The solution to a problem isn’t focused on improving feelings or changing behavior or investigating one’s personal convictions on life. Rather, biblical counseling is about transforming one’s heart. The heart is the bulls-eye. Above all else,…

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Determine the Solution, Change the Heart

To help a struggling person, determine the solution to their problem and use the Word to transform the heart. The solution to a problem isn’t focused on improving feelings or changing behavior or investigating one’s personal convictions on life. Rather, biblical counseling is about transforming one’s heart. The heart is the bulls-eye. Above all else,…

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Self-Care: Heart Checkup for Your Soul (part 1)

SELF-CARE: For the best self-care, biblically examine yourself (Matthew 7:1-5), beginning with a heart checkup. In part one of this 3-part series, you’ll discover… Why you may bristle at the word “self-care.” A definition of heart checkup. Self-care may sound…extravagant, even selfish. But for some of up — my old me! — I didn’t think…

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Understanding What Influences Your Heart

The BCC

The BCC

Here is a press release for Jeremy Pierre’s new book, The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life. Jeremy’s book is a fascinating map for uncovering what the Bible teaches about human experience. Although the Bible is not organized like a modern-day “treatment planner,” that does not negate its crucial role in shaping how biblical counselors help their counselees. But for that same reason, its treasures might not be as easily seen. Jeremy’s book offers a framework for organizing the biblical data about human experience that will allow biblical counselors to see those treasures. Continue reading

Laying the Gospel over a Controlling Heart

Lee Lewis

Lee Lewis

Pride in the human heart longs for control, and there are many expressions of that control. In its essence the controlling heart says, “I know better than God.” Christians spend a lot of time looking for new and clever ways to deal with control when the gospel perfectly speaks to this issue. In this short piece I want to briefly look at several manifestations of a controlling heart and how to lay the truths of the gospel over that foolish desire for control. Continue reading

“Thanksgiving” –Radical Surgery!

Rick Horne

This short story is not intended to be a model for counseling; nor is it a picture of all that is needed for counsel in the lives of people with such trauma. But it does illustrate how thanksgiving is a powerful tool in God’s arsenal of weapons for our fight against the sin that comes out of us and that comes at us. Continue reading

The “Frangible” Heart

Judy Dabler

Judy Dabler

Conflict Resolution Series--The Frangible Heart

The injuries experienced in conflict are very real. Apart from faith, these injuries can prove “lethal” as relationships become permanently damaged and destroyed. Yet, faith produces the ability to face conflict-related wounds in a way that enables the believer to powerfully proclaim the gospel to the world. Continue reading