This is a weekly post that highlights resources from other counselors that I have found helpful. The counselors may be from the biblical counseling, Christian psychology, integration, or secular counseling traditions. By linking to a post, I am not giving it my full endorsement, I am merely indicating that I believe it made a unique contribution or raised an important subject for consideration.
Can Self-Forgetfulness Make Us Happier? by Randy Alcorn
Sometimes when times are tough, I have that same experience of losing myself during quiet times with God. Sometimes I have it when laughing with family and friends. Other times it’s when I’m riding a bike or listening to music or a great audio book. In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis said of the humble person, “He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.” I’ve seen the truth of what Lewis and Tim Keller and others have discovered, experiencing my greatest happiness not simply when I think less of myself, but when I think of myself less. When I’m thinking most about Jesus and others, and least about me, I’m most fulfilled.
- If you enjoyed this post, here is a collection of resources on how to think about self-esteem.
20 Ideas for Dating Your Wife by Justin Buzzard
Men, you need to come up with your own ideas for how to date your wife. You know your wife better than anyone else. Only you know how to best care for the woman God has given you. But, sometimes it helps to build off other people’s ideas in order to form your own. Look these ideas over.
- If you want to engage more marriage enrichment, here is a collection of marriage resources.
12 Habits That Lead to Divorce by Dave Willis
How do we stop this epidemic of broken marriages? To bring it even closer to home, how should YOU protect YOUR marriage? I’m convinced that if you’ll avoid these 12 common bad “habits,” you’ll be well on your way to beating the divorce statistics and creating a healthy and happy marriage that will endure through every season of life.
- Here is a post to help you establish a healthy marriage communication habit.
Friends as Family Perspective by Mark Yarhouse
We are looking to enhance our understanding of the experiences of celibate gay Christians and their support system. We would like to interview friends who are close to celibate gay Christians or function as family in the lives of celibate gay Christians and could speak to that friendship. We would like to understand how people have built supportive friendships and to learn about the challenges, approaches, and your shared wisdom in building such relationships.
- If you want to grow in being a friend for celibate gay Christians, consider this resource from my book Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk.
Worship Matters Video Intensive by Bob Kauflin
In 2008, Bob Kauflin wrote Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God, in which he sought to connect a biblical theology of worship with what worship leaders actually do on Sundays. Through the book, Bob builds congregational worship on biblical principles that transcend cultures, generations, and ethnic groups.
- For a perspective on how the concept of worship is central to biblical counseling see the “What I’m Reading” section below.
What I’m Reading
Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do by Paul Tripp. Humans are hardwired for awe. Our hearts are always captured by something—that’s how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. All too often, we stand in awe of everything but God.
Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s awe-inducing glory—showing how such a vision has the potential to impact our every thought, word, and deed.
Tweets of the Week
Preserving older "Christian culture" at the expense of full obedience to the gospel kills the very heritage one seeks to preserve.
— Mika Edmondson (@mika_edmondson) May 26, 2017
Pastors, don't forget 3 areas of our life that affect our spiritual life and well being: the right amount of sleep, exercise, and food.
— Brian Croft (@PastorCroft) May 25, 2017
On the Lighter Side
Because, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,” Proverbs 17:22.