Counselors Corner

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. 

Monday, 02 December 2013 10:54

What’s in a Name?

Written by Pamela Boswell, Eastwood Counseling Center

 

Who named you? For whom are you named? What does your name mean? Do you have a nickname? What do those who know you best call you? In getting to know people, one of the first things we do is learn their name and tell them ours. That is exactly what God does in the Bible. He reveals His names as well as His character so that we might know Him better.

How much Resurrection Power is there residing in the battery of your soul?  Is it six volts of Holy Spirit power, nine volts, or is it 12?  Perhaps you have 120 volts, or even 240 volts.  Please allow me to give you eight clues that will help you do a quick evaluation of your power level:

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