Biblical Counseling

Abstinence is Not Enough, Or Why a Prohibition Culture is Not Ready for the Opioid Crisis

I have been a Southern Baptist for my entire life. And, for as long as I can remember, I have been taught to abstain from alcoholic beverages. Of the many Bible verses that I heard while growing up, Ephesians 5:18 was a constant. “Do not be drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” To this, every Bible-believing Christians can and should say, “Yes, and amen.” The problem, however, is not with the prohibition to…

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Is the Church Failing Those Impacted by Divorce?

The Study In a recent Washington Post article, entitled, “How Decades of Divorce Helped Erode Religion,” Julie Zauzmer discusses a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute, which addresses the growing exodus of Americans from organized religion. In the study, multiple causes for the religious exodus are considered, but Zauzmer picks up on the relationship between divorce and religious disaffiliation. Zauzmer writes, “People whose parents divorced when they were children are significantly more likely to grow up not to…

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When Trials Come – Meditations on Ruth 1

What do you say, what do you do, when the trials and difficulties come upon you in tsunami-like proportions? How does one suffer well for the glory of God? Jesus said, “All who desire to live a godly life, will suffer!” It is a promise! How then do we cope “when trials come?” The book of Ruth serves the body of Christ as a wonderful resource for understanding and responding to the trials that come in this life. Setting the…

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Overcoming the Epidemic of Pornography Addiction

Introduction In his book, The Drug of the New Millennium, Mark Kastleman reports that nearly “50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women are addicted to pornography.”[1] Given the fact that nearly 247 million US citizens claim to be Christian,[2] Kastleman’s claim should come as no surprise since the United States contributed nearly 14 billion dollars to the pornography industry in 2006.[3] To give the reader a perspective, Pastor Mark Driscoll says, “Christians are part of a…

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