As I’ve thought once again about Harvey, and previous storms both in the U.S. and around the world, I was reminded of the storms that hit all our lives, not just physical storms like in Houston, TX, but the spiritual storms — the ones the Bible tells us we can expect (John 16:33; James 1:2-4; 1 Pet. 4:12-19, etc.). Continue reading
Several years ago, someone told me the story of a young couple in another city. The wife, in her early 30’s, was informed that she had breast cancer. The evening before her mastectomy her husband came by her hospital room. He did not touch her. He simply said, “I cannot live with a breastless woman. I will be filing for a divorce.” When I was told this tragic story, I questioned it. My informant assured me that it was a true story.
What a contrast to my friends Jim and Jane (not their real names) who are walking through a very difficult time with Jane suffering from a malignant brain tumor. Continue reading
Over the years, I have had numerous counselees who have suffered from being sexually abused during their childhood. This is in my past as well. Understandably, the effects have been devastating. In most instances the abuse was done by someone the counselee knew and trusted. This fact adds to the hurt, pain, confusion, and feelings of betrayal. Continue reading
It’s humbling to admit, but I almost didn’t make it to my first biblical counseling classes because of anxiety. What began as apprehensiveness about the quality of my work and my classroom performance morphed into full-blown anxiety about how I could possibly be a biblical counselor if fear of man so gripped my heart. Little did I know that God would use my sin as the context for revealing the gracious ways He uses others in the fight for holiness. Continue reading
Believers have the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the people of God to rely on. These three resources make the body of Christ competent to handle even the toughest matters that come its way. Paul thought so, anyway. Continue reading
In the Christian life, suffering has a purpose for our good and God’s glory (Romans 8:28). The minister of God’s Word must especially embrace this truth as it will be the fuel of their ministry. Paul found this to be the case for his own ministry. The book of 2 Corinthians is a letter about Paul’s ministry in light of the spiritual mugging of the Corinthian church by false teachers. Continue reading
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me (2 Corinthians 12:9).
There has been much conjecture about what specific weakness, what thorn in the flesh, Paul is referring to in this passage. Inner grief? Demons? A physical affliction? Continue reading
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
In this post, Jeff Forrey continues his investigation of how Psalm 91’s claim, “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent” should be understood by Christians who’ve experienced a tragedy, such as an unexpected divorce or death in the family. In his last post, he noted how the Book of Psalms does not neglect the reality of trials in the lives of God’s people, and so Psalm 91:10 must be understood in this larger context. In this post, he returns to Psalm 91. Continue reading
In this post, and the next post, Jeff Forrey considers the question of how Psalm 91’s claim, “no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent” should be understood by Christians who’ve experienced a tragedy, such as an unexpected divorce or death in the family. Continue reading