Biblical Counseling

01 Mar

The Bible and ADHD

“Parents throughout the country are being pressured and coerced by schools to give psychiatric drugs to their children.  Teachers, school psychologists, and administrators commonly make dire threats about their inability to teach children without medicating them.  They sometimes suggest that only medication can stave off a bleak future of delinquency and occupational failure.  They even call child protective services to investigate parents for child neglect and they sometimes testify against parents in court.  Often the schools recommend particular physicians who...

01 Mar

A Theology of Suffering #1

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33 “It is doubtful whether God can use any man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” A. W. Tozer We live in a world that has a passion for comfort. To live a life with no problems and perfect health is almost a right. This attitude has slipped into the Church. Prosperity teachers and “name it, claim it” teachings have caused many to forget that...

28 Feb

A Theology of Suffering #4

If depressed missionaries refuse to use meds and instead depend upon the resources of God’s Word, will they lose their calling?  “It is possible to evade a multitude of sorrows by cultivation of an insignificant life. Indeed, if a man’s ambition is to avoid the troubles of life, the recipe is simple; shed your ambitions in every direction, cut the wings of every soaring purpose, and seek a life with the fewest contacts and relations. If you want to get through...

28 Feb

A Theology of Suffering #3

Is God Sovereign even over Depression? “The sovereignty of God is the one impregnable rock to which the suffering human heart must cling. The circumstances surrounding our lives are no accident: they may be the work of evil, but the evil is held firmly within the mighty hand of our sovereign God….All evil is subject to Him, and evil cannot touch his children unless he permit it. God is the Lord of human history and of personal...

28 Feb

A Theology of Suffering # 2

Are medications essential in winning the battle over depression? But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Cor...

30 Jan

The Supremacy of Christ in Counseling

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Col 1:15-19 “The point is this: We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things; and when we trade that treasure for images, everything is disordered....

29 Jan

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...