But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 20 May 2019 00:24

6 Biblical Counseling Resources on Eating Disorders

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imageA Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post on 6 Biblical Counseling Resources on Eating DisordersfromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources2019 Edition which includes 690 resources on scores of biblical counseling and Christian living topics. The entire 160-page...

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A Guest Post by Pat Quinn 

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A Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 2 of a two-part blog mini-series by Pat Quinn. You can read Part 1 here: What You Signed Up for Is Impossible!

Hopeful and Liberating Truth 

In my lastblog, we looked at the story of the rich young man in Mark 10:17-27 to...

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Tuesday, 14 May 2019 04:33

What You Signed Up for Is Impossible!

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Guest Post by Pastor Pat Quinn

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I recently began a two-year intensive training with 10 recruited people from my church to have more equipped counselors available to handle our church biblical counseling load. What follows is a devotional on the Rich Young Man in Mark 10:17-27 that I gave on our first...

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This past weekend I spoke at the Biblical Counseling Conference for the Southwest Hills Baptist Church of Beaverton. I’m making the following resources available for your use in your ministry.

imageSessions 1 and 2: 4 Biblical Compass Points for Gospel Conversations  

Session 1 Focus:

So,...

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I’ve often been a person who learns not only by good examples, but also by poor examples. For instance, I have learned a lot about teaching by reflecting on teachers who were really bad at it—and trying to do the opposite!

Jesus teaches us to pray by teaching us the greatest examples...

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imageA Word from Bob: I’ve taken the following 40 “quotes of note” from my bookGod’s Healing for Life’s Losses: How to Find Hope When You’re Hurting. Of the 20 books I’ve authored, God’s Healing for Life’s Losses is my personal favorite. I pray that...

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Monday, 29 April 2019 04:06

Free Resources on Equipping the Church to Counsel

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imageIn March 2019, I spoke at the 2019 National Conference of theCanadian Biblical Counseling Coalition.

The theme for the conference was:

Gospel Conversations: Let’s Talk Equipping the Church to Counsel 

Conference Resources 

Thanks to the hard work of many generous volunteers, the...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—this week’s Friday 5 is a tad different. I often have people ask me, “Bob, what do you think of ‘enneagrams’? So this week’s Friday 5 to Live By highlights posts that assess enneagrams from a Christian and biblical...

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Sunday, 21 April 2019 20:00

The Rest of the Story: Do Something Great!

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imageA Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post from my 31-day devotional,Grief: Walking with Jesus. 

“And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 23:14

Your Resurrected Savior Knows Your Name

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A Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post from my 31-day devotional,Grief: Walking with Jesus. 

“Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away,...

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Saturday, 20 April 2019 00:35

The Lens of the Cross

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A Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post from my 31-day devotional, Grief: Walking with Jesus

When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him”(Luke 24:30-31).

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A Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s Good Friday reflections from my 31-day devotional,Grief: Walking with Jesus. 

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli,...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 23:31

“Not My Will But Thine Be Done”

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A Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 3 of a 3-part blog mini-series on Grief and Jesus. You can readPart 1 here: “Man of Sorrows.”AndPart 2 here: “Watch with Me.”These posts come from my 31-day devotional from P&R Publishing:Grief: Walking with Jesus. 

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 20:00

“Watch with Me”

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imageA Word from Bob:You’re reading Part 2 of a 3-part blog mini-series on Grief and Jesus. You can readPart 1 here: “Man of Sorrows.”These posts come from my 31-day devotional from P&R Publishing:Grief: Walking with Jesus. 

“And taking with him Peter and the two sons of...

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019 00:19

“Man of Sorrows”

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And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me’” (Matthew 26:37-38).

“And he took with him Peter and James and John, and...

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imageThe Lost Art of Lament

Grief.
Loss.
Suffering.
Pain.

We live in a fallen world and it often falls on us.

How can our soul respond?

With lament.

Lament is a lost soul-art in the Western Church. Pastor and author, Mark Vroegop, longs to see a rebirth of biblical lament. His new book, Dark Clouds,  Deep...

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Friday, 05 April 2019 22:50

79 Biblical Counseling Resources for Your Life Ministry

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imageI’ve now posted 8 blogs with annotated and linked lists of biblical counseling resources with a total of 79 resources in all. Each listed by topic/category, each with a direct link to where you can locate the resource, and each with a one-paragraph summary description.

Click each link below...

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3 Questions About Truth for Life 
  1. How do we use God’s Word to effectively help hurting and struggling people?
  1. What does the Bible say about finding healing hope in the midst of devastating loss and grief?
  1. Can and should we provide biblical counseling to non-Christians? If so, how?

I’ll...

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Monday, 01 April 2019 06:48

2 Verses Capturing 4 Biblical Counseling Compass Points

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We Need a GPS 

Helping hurting people is complex. It can often feel like a maze—or like the image you see at the start of this blog post—zig-zagging roads where you can easily feel lost…

We need a GPS: Gospel Positioning Scripture. We need God’s wisdom to know where to...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—posts on domestic abuse counseling, biblical counseling homework, and more by, Pastor Chris Moles, Pastor Sacha Mendes, and more.

10 Characteristics of a Hardened Heart

At the Biblical Counseling Coalition, Brazilian pastor and biblical counselor,...

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A Word from Bob:Today’s post comes fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: 2019 Edition. This annual guide is 160-pages in length and includes 690 annotated and linked resources.

Adams, Jay.The Christian Counselor’s Casebook

This companion volume to Competent to Counsel and...

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A Word from Bob:Today’s post comes fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: 2019 Edition. This annual guide is 160-pages in length and includes 690 annotated and linked resources. 

Deuel, Dave.Help! My Grandchild Has a Disability

A mini-book written with understanding...

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This past week, I spoke at theCanadian Biblical Counseling Coalition’sannual conference:Gospel Conversations: Equipping the Church to Counsel.

My focus was not only on equipping Christians for formal biblical counseling (a church withbiblical counseling), but also on equipping every believer...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 03:36

50 Foundational Biblical Counseling Passages

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As part of a 4E Ministry Training Strategy Questionnaire that I distributed, two dozen best practice churches answered the question:

“What are the foundational Scriptures upon which you founded and based your biblical counseling ministry?” 

Collated below are the fifty passages...

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 22:55

12 Biblical Counseling Resources on Grieving with Hope

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imageA Word from Bob:I’ve taken today’s blog post on 12 Biblical Counseling Resources on Grieving with Hope fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources2019 Edition which includes 690 resources on scores of biblical counseling and Christian living topics. The...

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