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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Sunday, 31 December 2017 23:18

Professor Horner’s Bible Reading Plan

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Though I have lived in the Psalms the past few years, a while back I used Grant Horner’s highly-acclaimed Bible reading plan and was blessed. This morning, I began it again. This is a unique and challenging system where you read 10 chapters a day. Regardless of what plan you choose (you need...

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Saturday, 30 December 2017 03:39

Most Popular Posts for 2017

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Thanks for another year of reading Counseling One Another. Here’s the ten most popular posts. If you have been helped and encouraged by the blog, please encourage two of your friends to subscribe to the free emails. May the Lord bless all of us as we grow in both grace and truth in the coming...

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Monday, 18 December 2017 17:45

The Everlasting Father-King

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For to us a child is born,to us a son is given;and the government shall be upon his shoulder,and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

The Messiah’s third title, Everlasting Father, declares His pre-existence and...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 21:01

My Favorite R.C. Sproul Book Is No Longer in Print

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“If we are to progress in godliness we need to fan the flames of a holy passion.” Almost thirty years ago, this sentence from the pen of R.C. Sproul gripped my heart. So when I heard of R.C. Sproul’s homegoing to heaven, yesterday, I immediately thought of my personal favorite of...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 22:16

Gospel Meditations for Christmas

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image Gospel Meditations for Christmas is hot off the press, as part of the 31-day devotional series from the Christ-centered writers at Church Works Media. Here’s the endorsement that I wrote for this new advent resource:

“Rich, warm, beautiful! This book overflows with Scripture-saturated...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 22:45

What Child Is This?

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This past Sunday, we sang one of my favorite Christmas carols, What Child Is This? Written around 1865 by the Englishman William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898), this carol says so much about our wonderful Savior.

What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping? Whom angels greet...

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Sunday, 10 December 2017 21:14

His Name Shall Be…

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Isaiah 9:6-7, which was proclaimed 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, is one of the most-often quoted prophecies of the Savior’s first coming, but the prophecy longs to be completely satisfied when Jesus returns a second time to establish His perfect reign on the earth.

For a child...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 21:42

14 Truths that Shatter the Lies of Disability

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[Please pray for me this week, as I participate in the annual Biblical Counseling Coalition summit in Atlanta. This year is especially exciting, as we discuss the subject of ministering to one another in disability. I’m humbled to have been asked to bring the main address on Wednesday...

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 22:37

Praise God for His Intervention

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In Psalm 18:30-50, David praises God for intervening in his circumstances and coming to his aid when he needed it the most. Today, God wants you to give thanks and praise for three specific ways that He intervenes on your behalf.

Praise God for renewing you with strength (vv. 30-42).

David gave clear...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 22:07

3 Reasons I Published Another Book on Prayer

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image Prayerlessness may be the most serious sin problem in the church today. Why do I say that? Because the absence of prayer is fueled by prideful independence, which God actively opposes (James 4:6). Who among us wants to be a practical enemy of God? I don’t think any of us would answer...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 15:25

The Attitude of Gratitude – A Popular Rerun

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**This is a rerun of a popular post. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! As always, thanks for being a faithful reader of this blog.

In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus heals ten lepers, but only one returns to give glory to God by thanking Christ. The root reason the one man returned to thank God, whereas the other...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:09

4 Benefits of Psychiatric Diagnoses to Ministry

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As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, 4 Problems and Pitfalls of Psychiatric Diagnoses, we’ll let Mike Emlet encourage us to think more about the psychiatric diagnoses that are now part of our world. In Chapter 9, Emlet writes, “I want to focus on the potential usefulness of...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:55

4 Problems and Pitfalls of Psychiatric Diagnoses

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When it comes to psychiatric diagnoses and Christians, we are typically too warm or too cold. Michael Emlet, from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), calls this The Goldilocks Principle. Either we are too warm (too accepting) of diagnoses, or too cold (too highly...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 21:48

Comfort from Psalm 18

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As the King of Israel, David had many enemies (as all world leaders do). But chief among them was Saul, the first king of Israel who resented David because he was the divinely chosen one and it was clear God was with him. Every time David gained a victory, Saul’s insecurity deepened and the...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 22:23

Give All Glory to the Triune God

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God is dependent upon no one, and controlled by no one. He is self-existent and self-sustaining. He needs no one. His sovereignty (absolute power and authority) is forever married to His divine decrees issued forth from eternity. God has an eternal plan. The masterpiece of that plan is His...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 20:28

Loneliness During the Holidays

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Holidays can be the loneliest time of the year for some people. Small or large gatherings often serve as fresh reminders of who’s not there. Whether caused by death, divorce, or something else, the pain of the empty chair is very real. Of this, Deborah Howard writes, “Some might say...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 20:27

NUGGETS

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Sex and the Single Girl – Counsel from the Lies Young Women Believe blog.

How to Critique Secular Psychology – “My students usually sleep through my lectures on this subject. Sometimes, I do too.”

Conversations through 95 Theses – Brad Hambrick continues his gracious and...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 22:23

Elijah’s Tree Ministry for Discouraged Ministers

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Sometimes discouraged, hurting people in ministry feel like they have no one to talk to and are unsure of whom they can trust. As a veteran ministry couple, Carey and Rynette are called to bless pastors and their wives, missionaries, and chaplains with a safe, caring, relational environment in...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 22:37

10 Practical Suggestions for People who are Lonely

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Yesterday, during a radio interview about dealing with grief and loneliness during the holidays, I mentioned a wonderful resource from Deborah Howard, RN. She writes, “Loneliness takes many forms and its causes are almost endless. There’s loneliness from:

  • Losing a spouse or other loved...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 15:35

Why Special Revelation Trumps General Revelation

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Scripture trumps nature. Both the general revelation of God (creation) and the special revelation of God (Scripture) are gifts for which we should be very thankful. However, because of the effects of sin on the mind of man (theologians call this the noetic effect of sin) and the rest of creation,...

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Thursday, 26 October 2017 16:46

Scripture Is the Definitive Authority

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In this fifth of our 5-part series on the sufficiency of Scripture, we come full circle to where we began —to the divine source of the “precious and very great promises” of God from whom we have received “all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:36

How God Performs Surgery on Our Hearts

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Continuing our 5-part series on the sufficiency of Scripture for life and godliness, another core text we need to meditate upon is Hebrews 4:12–13. Here we learn of the power of Scripture to perform surgery where true change begins — in the invisible, immaterial heart. Here we are given...

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Tuesday, 24 October 2017 16:08

Scripture Is Our Personal Trainer

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Scripture is our personal trainer for life and godliness. The apostle Paul declared to his young protégé Timothy that the Scriptures are “breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 3:16), which is a more helpful translation than “inspired.” Rather than the writers of...

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In Psalm 19, the choirmaster David exalts the revelation of God. The first six verses, which describe how God’s created works reveal His majesty, wisdom, and power, begin this way: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out...

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Sunday, 22 October 2017 16:33

Sufficient for Life and Godliness (1 of 5)

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We who minister the Word to one another; i.e. counsel, in whatever place and form God has called us, spend significant time with people whose lives, by their own admission, are badly broken. We listen to stories of marriages on the brink of divorce or accounts of childhood abuse that are too...

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