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.

8 Reasons Confession to One Another Matters by Chuck Lawless

None of us likes to confess our sin to another believer. Instead, we too often choose to hide in our sin, as I pointed out in yesterday’s post. Ultimately, God is the one who forgives us, but here are reasons we must prayerfully consider confessing our wrong to another brother or sister in Christ.

Themes in Proverbs: Addiction by Dave Dunham

It would surprise many to know that the Bible speaks about addiction. Of course you have to know how it speaks about addiction in order to discern its message. After all, there are no references to the DSM approved terminology, and no word search will produce even one single result for “addict.” Yet, the Bible does speak about the subject, and the book of Proverbs offers some keen insight on the subject.

How to Meet Others in Their Brokenness by Rachel Lee

Every time you open your broken heart to someone else, you lay another brick on the foundation of a path that has the potential to lead straight to the heart of the Savior.  As you aim to cultivate hospitality in your home and in your community, God will call you to open your hearts to the brokenness of others. Here are some quick tips to remember while you minister to hurting hearts:

Why Conventional Marriage Wisdom Is Wrong by John Gottman

Marriage is one of the oldest social, economic, religious and legal institutions in the world, and there’s no shortage of opinions on what makes it work. But much of the conventional wisdom is not based on evidence, and some is flat-out wrong. After researching thousands of couples for more than 40 years at The Gottman Institute, these are some of the myths we’ve encountered most often.

What I’m Reading

God’s Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison. There are never quick fixes or easy answers when it comes to suffering. But even when we can’t immediately see God’s hand—when the struggle is hard and painful—he is working. Weaving together Scripture, personal stories, and the words of the classic hymn “How Firm a Foundation,” David Powlison brings an experienced counselor’s touch to exploring how God enters into our sufferings, helping us see God working in our own particular struggles—and discover how God’s grace goes deeper than we could ever imagine.

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On the Lighter Side

Because, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,” Proverbs 17:22.