A Gospel-Driven Approach to Using Proverbs in Counseling

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Proverbs is a well-known book of the Bible. Proverbs is also a book that causes different reactions among Christians ministers. The reactions range between a “love it” or “ignore it” relationship with Proverbs. Some preachers try to avoid preaching from Proverbs (ignore it). On the other hand, counselors cannot wait to go to Proverbs. The book of Proverbs looks like a collection of practical tips for life that makes preaching so hard and counseling so easy. However, it seems that both can get it wrong. Continue reading

Helping the Sluggard

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Sacha Alexandre Mendes

Laziness is a common secondary issue that aggravates any presenting problem. Laziness is not secondary because it is not a sin, but because it is rarely the presenting problem. Usually, counselees are not seeking help because they are lazy and want to change. However, laziness becomes a powerful aggravating issue. Laziness hinders true change because it keeps the counselee away from God-given sources of change. Continue reading

God’s Counsel About Counseling Youth

Rick Horne

Proverbs is about easy sex, easy money, good and bad friendships, beauty, fear of what others think of me, careless lending, laziness and work, pleasure and pain, impetuous angry reactions, unguarded careless speech, a good or bad reputation. The list goes on and on. Pithy statements about hundreds of life experiences that concern young adults and God’s wisdom for them all: that’s Proverbs. Proverbs is a young adults’ book. Continue reading