What Do Addicts Need from You?

Andy Farmer

Andy Farmer

If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.

Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Continue reading

Hope for the Weary: Seeing the Light of Love in the Darkness of Dementia

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

There are certainly many, many illnesses that cause suffering and misery, but none like age-related dementia and its evil twin, Alzheimer’s. These conditions slowly steal memories and abilities away from a person as the plaques and tangles make their way through the brain. Otherwise active, healthy people lose their ability to function in life. They first lose their short-term memory, then their long-term memories, then their ability to accomplish the most basic of tasks. They become, in many ways, babies in an adult body. Continue reading

15:14 Ep. 019 – Chad Robichaux

The BCC

The BCC

This episode features an interview with Chad Robichaux, Founder and CEO of The Mighty Oaks Foundation which runs The Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. Chad is a former Force Recon Marine with eight deployments to Afghanistan, former law enforcement officer and Mixed Martial Arts champion. Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs help veterans, active duty service members and first responders who are struggling with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). The program helps men and women overcome this battle through hope and help found in God’s Word. Continue reading

Hope for Troubled Marriages

Brenda Pauken

Brenda Pauken

Couples sometimes enter marriage counseling already feeling defeated. Years, or even decades, of marital miscommunication, discord, and disappointment have taken their toll. How can we instill hope in couples who have so little? Continue reading

Thirsty Souls Need Living Water

Betty-Anne Van Rees

Betty-Anne Van Rees

So often when someone reaches out for help, they are like parched ground. Confused, hurting, worn out from effort – without hope. They aren’t quite sure how they got to this scorched land but they feel the drought and the resulting dehydration. Often they sense it is life threatening and the truth is, this may actually be so. Continue reading

Plan to Get Hope During the First Counseling Session

Ken Long

Ken Long

When starting with a new counselee, the first session is a most important one for both counselor and counselee. A wise counselor once said, “When you start, have in mind how you want to finish.” For us as biblical counselors, we desire that there will be God-like change in the heart of our counselee. This kind of change points to the glory of our God, 1 Corinthians 10:31, and is good for the counselee, Hebrews 5:14. Even in the first session, we should have clearly in mind the goal that we would like for the counseling. Continue reading

A Hope that Groans

Tim St. John

Tim St. John

When life hurts, we want to move away from it. A job that drains you of energy, time, and relationships hurts. The thought of the stress and long hours at work makes us just want to take sick days and stay in bed. A nagging sinful desire that will not go away hurts. We can easily become confused or frustrated with ourselves and with God. Continue reading

Euthanasia for Addiction

Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Sadly, the message of the world for addiction is that of an incurable, progressive, fatal disease leading to hopelessness. Therefore, Christians who counsel biblically have a far superior message in the Gospel that provides real hope. Continue reading

Giving Hope amid Hardships: The Power and Simplicity of 1 Corinthians 10:13

Robert Jones

Robert Jones

I was a seventeen-year-old new convert when, as part of a Monday night class in the Jersey Shore Bible Institute in Asbury Park, NJ, I first read Jay Adams’s Competent to Counsel. That book started me down a forty-year path of biblical counseling study. Along my journey of countless books, conferences, courses, and conversations, one dear friend I frequently encountered more than any other has been 1 Corinthians 10:13. I suspect no verse has been cited more frequently by Christ-centered counselors. I would nominate it as the “John 3:16” of biblical counseling. Continue reading

Reminiscence Brings the Anticipation of Hope

Howard Eyrich

Howard Eyrich

Some twenty-three years ago we moved from a major city to a small town outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in mid-April. Earlier, just after the New Year, a young woman came to me for counseling. Through her tears she related how she no longer loved her husband and desired to divorce him. Overall her countenance projected a different story. In God’s providence she was the last case of the day, and so I was able to take some extra time to listen to her. After about forty-five minutes I asked if I could make several inquires. Still crying, she managed a “sure.” Continue reading