Biblical Counseling

14 Nov

Give Me That Book: A Synopsis

Give Me That Book, by Dr. Gary Rieben, will be released on December 1, 2013. A special pre-release price is being offered to orders  made by December 1, 2013. That price will be $22 dollars a copy, mailing expenses included. To receive your book at this price, send your check with your order to GMTB, Box 1045, La Quinta, California, 92247. You may also order by using the Paypal link found at “Book Sales” on the front page of this website....

04 Nov

Personality Tests and Missionary Candidacy

“Testing is a way to get at the truth sideways, and if you believe that the only way to get at the truth about another person is to administer a test, then you’re not only fooling yourself, but you’re also demonstrating a very negative view of mankind. You’re saying that truth cannot be determined by asking the subject, or those who know the subject, but only by asking a testing expert. (-George Dudley, President of Behavioral Science Research Press) Missionary candidacy...

17 Oct

ADHD and Meds: A Despicable War Against our Little Ones

   “If a parent forced a child to take alcohol, a depressant, in the mistaken belief that he was curing a “chemical imbalance” in the child’s brain, we would not hesitate to have the child removed from the home. Yet millions of children are forced to take mind-altering drugs in the equally mistaken belief that depression and other mental illnesses are biologically caused, for which there is not a shred of scientific evidence.” -Keith Hoeller, editor in chief, Review of Existential...

05 Apr

Our Weapons of War

OUR WEAPONS OF WAR: Question: What weapons has God given to wage our war for faith and joy? The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ...

05 Apr

God’s Truth vs. Man’s Theory

God’s Perspective on Man’s Problems:[God’s Truth verses Man’s Theory] I.  God’s perspective on life’s problems and mankind’s opposing view: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Prov 14:12 A.  Man’s Theory: “Man is a Victim” “This approach sees man’s fundamental problem as ignorance of himself and his psychic injuries, rather than deliberate disobedience to and ignorance of the living and true God. Man’s primary need becomes esteeming himself more highly...

09 Mar

Easter Hope

Easter Hope  “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” [Rom 15:4] The hope of faith…is a concrete personal expectation. Despite the “not yet” of the realization of salvation, it looks forward confidently though not without tension. However, Yahweh, for whom...

09 Mar

Use Your Meds Or Lose Your Calling

“Early in this century the battle was over the innerancy of the Scriptures. Today the battle is over the sufficiency of the Scriptures.” Dr. James Boice We have long been concerned about the increasing influence of secular psychology upon the life and ministry of the Church. Borrowing medical terminology and claiming the authority of empirical science, its humanistic theories and methodologies have been welcomed into the very center of the life of Christ’s church. When we deal with “spiritual” matters we...

09 Mar

Problems and the Glory Of God

Problems and the Glory of God “You will call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Ps 50:15 Why is it that God doesn’t just take us to heaven when we receive the gift of salvation? Being lifted from a fallen, sinful and painful world the moment we are saved seems so right. To be removed from the world of temptation to immediately reach our ultimate destiny seems so reasonable and divine, doesn’t...

08 Mar

You Give Them Something To Eat

 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.  As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” ...

08 Mar

Homosexuality and the Bible

I. What are the issues we face? A. The pro-homosexual argument: Homosexuality is what a person is by nature. The homosexual desires flow out of what constitutes the essential “self.” Natural desires should be experienced and not denied or repressed. Because homosexual feelings are natural they should be celebrated and fully expressed. Homosexuals should be welcomed into the center of society and their lifestyle legitimized along with all other forms of natural sexual practices. It is harmful and even hateful to suggest that homosexuals...