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Counseling Is Not the Best Context for Long-Term Transformation

Biblical counseling has a place in our community. And as long as we keep it in its place while elevating a better “means of grace” for people to change, we will see more people changing. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google… Continue Reading …

A Proactive Plan to Care for Others

A proactive plan to care for others assumes that you love people. If you don’t love people, your starting point is repentance. But if you do count others more significant than yourself, here are some helpful thoughts to motivate you to care for them well.… Continue Reading …

Five Things to Know to Be Mastered By the Bible

To be mastered by the Bible you must do more than read it. Bible knowledge is great, but knowledge without appropriate application is futile. In this article, I’m going to give you five essential tips to be mastered by the Bible. Listen to the podcast… Continue Reading …

12 Universal Assumptions You Can Make About People

People are not mysterious. Where it matters, they are not different. The more you talk to people, the more you see the common threads that run through all of us. The good news is that you have what you need to understand others. You can… Continue Reading …

A Crazy Idea For Sanctification: the Local Church

One-to-one interaction is the most efficient way to help another person change. Discipleship in a community, in the context of a local church, is not the norm. Favorite books and preachers are our disciplers. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are on iTunes, Google Play,… Continue Reading …

Do You Fight Fires or Change Lives?

The best discipleship soul care happens in a community, not isolated, artificial settings where there is a disconnection between the person and the community. God can change lives in one-and-done meetings, but the most effective soul care needs time, people, and contexts. Listen to the… Continue Reading …

Case Study: Present But Not Accounted For

The news of Biff and Mable’s daughter getting pregnant sent a shockwave of speculation through their local church. The pastors recommended marriage counseling, which you reluctantly agreed to do. After four weeks of intensive counseling, several things were becoming clear to you. Listen to the… Continue Reading …

All Your Soul Care Activity Is “Speck Fishing”

How you think about others will determine the quality of the soul care that you will provide to them. One of the most important keys to remember when it comes to discipleship is that all your care falls within the parameters of speck fishing. Listen… Continue Reading …

You Must Find Your Starting Point Before Helping Others

It’s easy to assume that you know where to begin when discipling someone. You are rarely correct. As you start to ask the right questions, you learn quickly that the individual is not what you thought they were. Listen to the podcast Our podcasts are… Continue Reading …

What Is Discipleship? How Do You Do It? Why Does It Matter?

In recent local church history, discipleship is more about studying the Bible alone, but when all dysfunction breaks loose in a marriage or family, it’s time for counseling. This approach to caring for others is sad to me because discipleship has always been the church’s… Continue Reading …