Persevering Through Sorrow in Prayer

Kyle Johnston

Kyle Johnston

Sorrow and despair are painful realities for all of us. Unsurprisingly, many of us often respond to deep sadness with unrealistic optimism or awkward denialism. Loss or ache can be difficult to engage with, so we seek to avoid it. I know this is true not only because of my experience as a counselor but also because it is my own tendency! We find it difficult to face the sorrows we experience. 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

Five Ways to Attain Unity in Households of Single Christians

Jason Hsieh

Jason Hsieh

Counselors know their efforts often need the support of someone who sees counselees in their natural environment, like a spouse or housemate. As the average age of marriage increases, households of single Christian men or women are becoming a part of many churches, particularly in urban areas. Households with single housemates can be critical for fostering growth in Christ-likeness as they live in community and strive for unity. Continue reading

Top Ten Posts of All Time – #7

Mark Kelly

Depression often robs us of our hope. The temptation in thinking that we cannot be honest with God about our situation deepens this hopelessness. Proceeding in prayer using the psalmist’s example in Psalm 13 breathes new hope into our lives. Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Prayer

The BCC

The BCC

This Thanksgiving, among all of our other blessings, we are thankful to God for the biblical counseling ministry that he has extended to us and others. It is a comfort to us that every day there are people willing to serve as ambassadors for Christ, faithfully shining the light of the gospel upon darkened hearts and broken lives. And in that spirit, we wanted to share a Puritan prayer from The Valley of Vision that we hope points you to the One who deserves all our thankfulness and praise. Continue reading

Don’t Stop Praying for the Hurting

Dave Furman

Dave Furman

Praying for our hurting friends is certainly one of the very best ways we can help them. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, “True spiritual love will speak to Christ about a brother even more than to a brother about Christ. It knows that the most direct way to others is always through prayer to Christ and that love of others is wholly dependent upon the truth in Christ.” We often tell people (especially when we don’t know what else to say), “Oh…I’m so sorry. I’ll be praying for you.” We say it to communicate our care and concern for them, but how fervent and faithful are we in actually praying for them? If you’re anything like me, then you probably forget your promise to pray for many of these situations. Continue reading

The Process of Renewing the Mind (Part 2)

Jeff Forrey

Jeff Forrey

In this second installment of a two-part series on renewing the mind, we consider some of the components of this crucial part of the Christian life. Recall from the last post how Pastor Mark had to help Jeremy, an emotionally distant husband, figure how he needed to change in order to honor God in his marriage. Continue reading

Praying for Political Leaders

Paul Tautges

Paul Tautges

When we commit to praying for our leaders (whether or not we agree with them), God is pleased with us and is pleased to work in their hearts according to His will. In relation to this divinely given duty, one passage in particular contains fundamental principles every believer needs to understand. Continue reading

Equipping for Church-Wide Ministry Skills

Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell

I posed this question to our adult Sunday School class: “What are the personal ministry skills that every single Christ-follower should have?” After a lengthy and involved discussion, we agreed upon these four overarching answers. . . Continue reading