God Counsels with a Loving Eye

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." -Psalm 32:8 There are 4 key words in this passage: instruct, teach, counsel, and love. It is God's love, however, that makes all the difference. Just as faith without works is dead... Continue Reading →

Dear Church, Carry One Another’s Burdens!

  "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ (Gal. 6:2)."  The Apostle Paul is writing this letter to the Church in Galatia. He knows church life can get messy. Church is not a place for the righteous, but a hospital for sick people. It's a community for... Continue Reading →

Is Divorce Ever an Option in the Christian Life?

Case study: [1] Julie and Tim have been married for 10 years. In the last year, Tim has been verbally abusive towards her. Just last week, Tim went completely crazy. Julie told him to cut the grass outside and Tim got upset and started yelling at her. As he yelled and became more frustrated, he threw his phone at her. He missed her,... Continue Reading →

Christian Counselors and Medical Professionals: A Symbiotic Relationship

I think its vital to work alongside a physician to help someone cope with their depression. An important distinction to make from the beginning with the doctor, however, is what constitutes as an organic problem versus a non-organic problem. For instance, let’s say Billy (fictional name) is suffering from thyroid deficiency and that’s why he feels depressed. Because this deficiency... Continue Reading →

Are Anti-Depressants the Answer for Depression?

Case Study: Let's say there is a 45 year old female named Sarah (Fictitious name). She told you she was terribly sad and has a lot of trouble keeping up with life. She came to you seeking biblical counseling. Sarah has several friends who received anti-depressants from their family doctor. The medicine seemed to help, but... Continue Reading →

Counseling the Heart Through Proper Thinking

Ever since Adam and Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden, human thinking has been marred by sin. People distort truth, embellish stories, and abuse others with their words. The absolute truth-telling that exists in the mind of God is unfortunately uncommon in His Creation. In this paper, I will focus specifically on how sin... Continue Reading →

Can Secular Psychology and Biblical Counseling Find Common Ground?

Common grace is the blessing God bestows upon every created being, both the saved and the unsaved. Examples of common grace include the beauty of nature, intellectual discovery, moral accountability, relationship building, and physical health.[1] In this paper, I will explain whether secular Psychologists use common grace to properly diagnose the human condition or oppose... Continue Reading →

Limited or Unlimited Confidentiality in Biblical Counseling?

Confidentiality in biblical counseling is when another person entrusts a counselor with sin issues they are struggling with. The Bible informs us to confess our sins to one other and pray for healing (Jam. 5:16). The purpose of this essay is to talk about the kind of commitment to confidentiality a biblical counselor should make... Continue Reading →

What does God say about Church Discipline?

Today, church discipline is perceived as an unkind action. People don’t like the idea of confronting another person because of its supposed negativity. Consequently, few churches are practicing church discipline today. In this essay, I will argue church discipline is a biblical command, and when done properly, strengthens the health of the church. Jesus told us... Continue Reading →

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