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

Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:00

10 Common Mistakes Biblical Counselors Sometimes Make, Part 2

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A Word from Bob:You’re reading Part 2 of a 10-part blog series on 10 Common Mistakes Biblical Counselors Sometimes Make. For Part 1, see: Mistake #1:We Elevate Data CollectionAbove Soul Connection. (Part 1 also contains further background, explanation, and “motivation” for this...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 18:00

10 Common Mistakes Biblical Counselors Sometimes Make, Part 1

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A Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 1 of a 10-part blog series on 10 Mistakes Biblical Counselors Sometimes Make. This list is in no particular order of “importance.” Nor is this list attempting to say everything that could be said about the essence of biblical counseling....

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A Word from Bob:I’ve collated today’s post fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: 2020 Edition. This guide provides 230 pages that collate 920 biblical counseling resources. Learn more about The Annual Guide or purchase a copy for just $5.99 here. You can read similar...

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A Word from Bob:I’ve collated today’s post fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: 2020 Edition. This guide provides 230 pages that collate 920 biblical counseling resources. Learn more about The Annual Guide or purchase your own copy for just $5.99 here.

Baker, Ernie.Help...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 18:00

Friday 5 to Live By: Black History Month Edition (2/7/20)

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week. This week we highlight top posts related to Black History Month. Find posts by John Piper, Mark Vroegop, Eric Redmond, and more; on racial reconciliation, racial unity, Black preaching, and more.

John Piper on Racial Unity and the Hope of Glory

This is both a...

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Wednesday, 05 February 2020 03:17

The Ear of Jehovah

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imageNote:As part of Black History Month, I’ll be posting excerpts from my book,Beyond the Suffering: Learning from the Legacy of African American Soul Care. It’s powerful to study Black Church History. It is even more powerful and impactful to learn from and to apply lessons from the...

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Monday, 03 February 2020 18:00

Learning from the Legacy of African American Soul Care

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imageNote: As part of Black History Month, I’ll be posting excerpts from my book,Beyond the Suffering: Learning from the Legacy of African American Soul Care. It’s powerful to study Black Church History. It is even more powerful and impactful to learn from and to apply lessons from the...

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Saturday, 01 February 2020 06:14

435 Resources for Black History Month, 2020

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love church history. I’ve recently written on the history of the Reformation in my book, Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life.

I’ve also written on Black Church History: Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020 00:40

17 Biblical Counseling Resources on Addiction

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A Word from Bob:I’ve collated today’s post fromThe Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: 2020 Edition. This guide provides 230 pages that collate 920 biblical counseling resources.

Addiction: Booklets and Study Guides for Groups or Individuals

Note:Also see the category:...

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A Word from Bob:Keep reading for 17 Biblical Counseling Resources Related to Addiction.

Where do you turn when a family member asks you, “What would you recommend I read for help with my struggles with anxiety?”

Where do you turn when someone in church says, “Do you have...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 00:09

Richard Allen and Absalom Jones: The MLK of Their Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was, of course, one of the main leaders of the American Civil Rights movement. What is lesser known today is King’s training and ministry as a Baptist pastor. Even fewer people know the long history of African American ministers...

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I’m thankful each year for the annual reminder of the sanctity of life on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. This day is meant to be a daily reminder every day of the sanctity of life.

On Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, my heart also goes out to the men and women (the mothers and fathers) who chose...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week. Posts by J.D. Greear, Kevin DeYoung, Trevin Wax, Desiring God, and Ligonier Ministries on finding God’s will, the fruit of the Spirit, treasures in heaven, preaching, and more.

9 Tests for Spiritual Fruit 

At Desiring God, Scott Hubbard outlines 9...

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5 top Christian blog posts of the week—being New Year’s week 2020, this week’s Friday 5focuses on posts related preparing for the new year. You’ll find posts by Ligonier Ministries, Kevin Carson, Tim Challies, Matt Smethurst, and more.  

17 Bible Reading Plans for 2020...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 18:00

A New Year’s Prayer for 2020

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imageAs we enter another new year, this prayer, drawn from the collection of Puritan prayers inThe Valley of Vision, encourages us to entrust ourselves to God’s good heart, infinite wisdom, and affectionate sovereignty.  

I Launch My Bark on the Unknown Waters of This Year

“O Lord,

I...

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A Word from Bob:I’m often asked to provide a summary of my written resources. Finally…I’ve carved out the time to craft this summary of 25 Biblical Counseling & Christian Living Resources. These include my 16 published books, my 3 published booklets, and 6 sample free...

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Tuesday, 24 December 2019 18:00

Who Is Saint Nick (St. Nicholas)?

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imageThe origin of the Santa Claus myth begins with the real-life Nicholas (270-346 AD), who was born during the 3rd century in the village of Patara. At the time, the area was in Greece and is now on the southern coast of Turkey.

His wealthy parents, Epiphanus and Johanna, who raised him to be a devout...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 18:00

Jesus Is Infinitely Better Than Santa Claus

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Santa puts gifts under your tree … JESUS became our gift and died on the tree, for you and for me.

Santa and his little helpers make toys … JESUS pays for and forgives sin, makes a new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes, and builds mansions.

Santa lives at the North Pole...

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Monday, 23 December 2019 00:07

When Santa Learned the Gospel

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I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Simon Camilleri’s little book,When Santa Learned the Gospel(10 Publishing). I believe you and your family would be blessed by it, too.

Here’s a synopsis:

Follow Santa’s journey in this unique Christmas fable as he learns about Jesus’...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 22:53

12 Top Book Lists of 2019

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A Word from Bob: Last week I posted a special edition of the Friday 5 to Live By, highlighting blog post about Top Lists of 2019 Top Books. Additional similar lists have been posted this week, so now we have 12 Top Book Lists of 2019. Think of it as my “list of...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:00

What Do Biblical Counselors Believe Practice?

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As this post publishes, I’m enjoying the fellowship of nearly 75 biblical counseling leaders from around the world. We’re gathered for the Annual Leadership Summit of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

The Confessional Statement of the Biblical Counseling Coalition

So, I thought it might...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 02:00

137 Top Biblical Counseling Books: 2012-2019

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Every year since 2012, I’ve collated a list of top/most important biblical counseling books. Several people asked me to collate those lists…and here you go. If my math is correct, you have links to 9 posts about the 137 Most Important Biblical Counseling Books: 2012-2019.

I’ve...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 18:00

Friday 5 to Live By: Top Lists of 2019 Top Books

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A Word from Bob:This week is a special edition of the Friday 5 to Live By. We’re highlighting blog post about Top Lists of 2019 Top Books. Think of it as my “list of lists,” or “my collation of collations.” You’ll find plenty of Christmas gift ideas for the book...

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 03:14

19 Top Biblical Counseling Books of 2019

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A Fruitful Year for Biblical Counseling Resources 

If you’re a counselor, pastor, student, educator, one-another minister, small group leader, soul care provider, spiritual friend, spouse, or parent, you want to know the most helpful books about biblical counseling—books that seek...

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imageA Word from Bob: You’re reading Part 4 of a four-part blog mini-series on The Forgotten Church Mothers. When we ponder early church history, our minds naturally focus on the Church Fathers. Sadly, we normally fail even to consider the Church Mothers. In our modern Western Evangelical world,...

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