We are passionate about the critical need for heart change in a person who desires change in their life.

Everyone has problems from time to time,
and sometimes we need a little bit of help to get through the rough spots.
That’s where Biblical Counseling comes in. Biblical Counseling is really intensive discipleship;
we help you find God’s solutions to life’s problems.

The School of Hard Knocks

Life during the past year had been the school of knocks for Karen. She had been slandered, betrayed, hurt, and seen loved ones pass away. Each time she thought she was getting back on her feet, another blow would come. The last one was when she heard that a good friend had believed lies about her and the relationship was adversely affected.

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Diagnoses and Medications

If you are a counselor, it is highly likely that you are helping someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Mental health professionals use the Diagnostic Statistic Manual, or DSM, to describe, categorize, and diagnose such disorders. Have you ever wondered how to help people who have been diagnosed and what your view should be of the psychoactive medication they are usually prescribed? In Descriptions and Prescriptions, Mike Emlet attempts to provide us with a framework for how to view both the DSM and psychoactive medication.

What Did You Expect?

Joyce was beyond thrilled when she got the news that her son was finally going to be married.  He’d been dating Judy for several years now, and Joyce had really grown to love her. Having had only sons, she had always fantasized about one day having a daughter-in-law, welcoming a girl into the family, and doing “girl things” with her. Joyce had prayed throughout her son’s life that he would marry a woman who would be like a daughter to her.

Just A Little Taste…of Sin

This year we learned that due to a health issue, we needed to change how we eat. This has been a fun adventure for us both as we watch the changes happening to our bodies as a result of practicing intermittent fasting. You can look that up if you have questions about it. It is highly recommended for the health issue we are facing.

Dear Angry Mom…Part 2

As I see it, there are four things that have to be in place before real heart change, or biblical transformation, can happen: You must be able to recognize when you are becoming angry; you recognize unbiblical expectations; you must agree with God that your anger is sinful; and you must repent.

Dear Angry Mom, You Must Change!

Dear Angry Mom, You must change. You must change before your children learn from you that angry outbursts when you don’t get your way are acceptable. You must change before your children become fearful of you, and begin to base their value on your approval of them....

Have Patience: Spiritual Growth Can Take Time

Today, I’d like to talk with my friends who are in a formal biblical counseling role. While all of us are competent to counsel, and should be intentionally discipling others, the biblical counselor who serves her church and community vocationally is who I’d like to chat with today. I’ve been doing some thinking lately about how I’m handling this role, and thought I might share with you some questions to ask yourself as you reflect on what you’re doing.

The High Places In Your Heart

My Bible reading has taken me into Kings and Chronicles, and one thing that has repeatedly struck me is how the good Kings (although there were a few) obeyed God only in part. The Bible repeatedly states that this good king or that good king eradicated evil or Baal worship out of Israel or Judah, but never went the whole way in removing the high places or the golden calves or the altars on which sacrifices to those false gods were offered.

Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Martin Luther not only reformed theology, he reformed pastoral counseling. Through lively vignettes, real-life stories, and direct quotes from Luther, Counseling Under the Cross equips us to apply the gospel richly, relevantly, and robustly to suffering and sin so that we find our hope and help in Christ alone. Anne Dryburgh recently reviewed Bob Kelleman’s newest book:

Processing and Grieving Loss

I am just back from attending the annual conference of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). I had the privilege of presenting a workshop on the topic of suffering and sorrow. The timing of the conference was interesting in that one week ago I...

You Need a Friend

“Do I really need friends?”

This question was recently asked by a newcomer to our church, after she happened to mention to me that she really didn’t have any close friends in the area. Though she’d lived here for many years, she still had not really established any relationships beyond the surface of small talk and playdate arrangements with other moms. She added that she really gets all the advice and encouragement she needs from the blogs she reads and of course, her daily Bible reading.

Five Reasons to Hope

Well, here’s the sad but very biblical truth: There is no hope in this world. We’re not commanded or even encouraged to put any hope in this world. But the happy, and also biblical, truth is that we can live in this world with hope! Do you see the difference?

What If…the “Worst” Happens?

“But what if it’s cancer? How will we deal with that? I don’t want to leave my husband and children alone!”
“But what if my car breaks down? I barely have enough money to cover my expenses! How will I get to work?
“But what if the pain gets worse? How will I cope with it? How will I function?”

The Danger of Drifting from the Spiritual Disciplines

At some point, many Christians begin slowly drifting away from the spiritual disciplines that are the anchors of their faith. Bible reading becomes sporadic or nonexistent, prayer becomes more like a lifeline than a daily conversation, and even church attendance goes by the wayside.

You Disappoint Me: The Importance of Asking Questions

They were at loggerheads. It started off with a frustrated comment about a church member’s absence from the annual church meeting. When the guilt-trip did not have the desired impact, the conversation spiraled into accusations of being hard, selfish, and cruel. From being frustrated at the lack of attendance at a church meeting, the person now heard “you disappoint me.”

Companionship in Marriage

Companionship in Marriage   Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18 (ESV)   I recently taught a lesson on the importance of companionship between a husband and wife in marriage....

Remember the Faithfulness of God

There are many definitions of depression out there in the world, but biblically, depression can be defined by just three words: Sorrow without hope. A depressed counselee has lost hope, and now believes she will never be happy again. Perhaps something terrible has happened to trigger this season of deep sadness. But often, there has been no crisis or life-changing event that has shaken the counselee’s faith.

Encouragement in the Storm: Hurricane Harvey

All eyes have been on Texas for the past several days. The hurricane that blew into Corpus Christi and the flooding that continues to decimate the Houston area have dominated the news since it began. It is a very sad state of affairs for those affected by the flooding; many have lost everything.

Three Things You’ll Never Hear Me Say in a Counseling Session

Have you heard this phrase before? It means that if you can think positively—put a positive spin on your problem, it won’t be so hard. As you know if you’ve tried this, the effect can be good, but it is rarely a lasting one. You can “think positive” about something for a time, but reality usually dictates that when something is difficult, one’s thinking about it can’t stay positive for long.

Mantras, Bible Verses, and Change

Sincere believers want to change and become like Christ. Sadly, we have probably all at some point heard such people express frustration, disappointment, and despair at their continued failure to do so. Maybe you have experienced that yourself. What I have often seen is that they will take a Bible verse, or concept, and then recite these repeatedly, believing that by doing so, the problem will go away and they will change. They are repeating Bible verses in a mantra-like fashion, in an effort to bring about whatever it is that is so desperately wanted. What they are reciting is true, as it is the Word of God. The problem is that it is not specific enough and it results in the lack of change.

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