Counselors Corner
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:06

Little is Much When God Is in It

Written by Christy Holding

 

 

Do you remember this popular 1970s and 80s hymn written by Kittie L. Suffield? The chorus says, “Little is much when God is in it! Labor not for wealth or fame; There’s a crown, and you can win it, If you go in Jesus’ name.”

 

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is known for his work with helping couples find happiness in marriage through Paul’s simple instructions. He shares how frustrated he had become counseling couples until he was struck by two words found in Ephesians 5: love and respect.  Suddenly, the words in this familiar Bible verse transformed his marriage counseling ministry.  Since then, he has found that by embracing these Biblical instructions, marriages are changed from chaotic to calm or from feeling shaky to stable.  What exactly does Ephesians 5:33 say?   “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”  Is it really that simple?

 

I was raised as the daughter of an Army officer.  He was my hero and a highly decorated warrior of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam.  He was a successful officer and businessman and enjoyed the pleasure of family, many friends, and multiple projects and adventures.

 

 

Our Church families have well established traditions for providing support.  What about support for mental health issues?

 

Through research across many denominations in the United States, Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA and professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, found that 27% of Church members or their family members have experienced mental health problems.  Astoundingly, this statistic does not include marriage and family problems.  If you add marriage and family difficulties, most of us are going to experience problems impacting mental health or family functioning.

 

 

What does Paul say about suffering in his letter to the Romans?  His letter and example illuminates us so much about suffering, even for the faithful. 

 

 

 

King Solomon said, “There is. . . a time to keep silent  and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7b). Do you know the time and circumstance for each option? 

 

There are many reasons for pastors to learn how to counsel from Scripture. The ultimate reason is to glorify God. But there are other reasons—the first motivation falls under the second greatest biblical commandment to “love our neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Pastors should counsel biblically (or learn how to do so) because the gospel of Christ can change (help) people better, faster and more completely than anything the competition has to offer.

 

Biblical counseling reflects the Scriptures at every point (major and minor). That means that every bit of advice you get from your counselor should have solid biblical support. At any point in the process, you have the right to stop and ask him to explain the biblical basis for his counsel.

 

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 15:38

Loving Others

Written by Pamela Boswell, Eastwood Counseling Center

Jesus broke all the law down to--

love God and love others.

On our own, we could not--so He

did it for us.

We love Him because He loved us. We can love others because of His love for us.

 

 

“We love because he first loved us.”

1 John 4:19

Have you ever stopped to consider that were it not for the Bible, you wouldn’t be able to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ?  Think about it: If it weren’t for God’s written revelation of Himself to man, you simply would not be able to know how to become a Christian.  To the extent that He revealed Himself to you through the Bible, you are able to have an intimate relationship with Him.  Had He not revealed Himself to you, you would not be able to relate to Him as a son/daughter.  Revelation, therefore, is a prerequisite for having a relationship.  This is true not only of your relationship with God, but also with people. 

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