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This is a podcast for Biblical Counselors. Each edition of the podcast will provide practical solutions for the problems we face in a fallen world. Anyone who helps people navigate through the trials, difficulties and impossibilities of life will benefit from the content. This podcast also serves Biblical Counseling students and ministry leaders in the Calvary Chapel family of ministries.
 
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A lot of people wonder why life can become so difficult. Often, the underlying cause of these struggles is because we are living life on a spiritual battlefield. Pastor Jeff wants to bring to your attention that, as a biblical counselor, you get to remind everyone that we have a spiritual enemy. How do we proceed with discipleship and help people n…
 
What do the end times have to do with biblical counseling? Everything is going according to plan. Because we have the scripture on our side to teach these things, we need to know what’s happening around us and compare it to the Word of God. We invite you to listen to the full episode of the Biblical Counseling Podcast with Jeff Christianson. Know t…
 
In this episode, we have the privilege to speak with Dr. Howard Eyrich to talk about the upcoming IABC 2022 Conference, “Counseling Life’s Most Difficult Issues”. Here, Dr. Eyrich shared an overview of one of his teaching topics at the conference, “How to Provoke Your Children, Not”. We invite you to listen to the full episode as Dr. Howard Eyrich …
 
Dr. Kevin Carson and Pastor Jeff Christianson dive deeper into understanding the balance of God’s grace in Part 2 of our interview series. Here Kevin suggests four cautions when offering God's grace that is available to all of God's people. Listen to the episode to learn more about the majesty of God’s grace! 📄 Download the FREE ebook! 📢 Register f…
 
In this first episode of a 2-part interview, Dr. Kevin Carson joins Jeff Christianson to explore the comfort and the call of God’s grace. Understanding the balance of God’s grace helps the follower of Christ both move forward in personal sanctification as well as when helping others in personal ministry as well. Listen to the full episode to learn …
 
Romans 5-8 contains majestic core truths of Christiansity. We find out what the difference is between being in Adam and in Christ. Man's problems are in Adam, and God's provides a remedy in Christ. How important is it to understand the privilege and the power of God’s grace. Listen to the full episode and learn more about God’s grace. 📄 Download th…
 
When you think about biblical counseling, what do you think about it? How important is it for us to have a prayerful God-seeking heart? Where does prayer fit in? Usually, people think counseling is for people who are deeply troubled emotionally but, we all need a word of counsel. When God is allowed to be who He is in your life and in the life of t…
 
John 16:13,14 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” These are the words of the Lord Jesus, teaching in the up…
 
What does God's Way in Counseling mean? This means that God uses the Word to get his counsel into our lives and impact us by his counsel. (Psalm 119:24 NKJV) Your testimonies also are my delight And my counselors. (Psalm 119:105 NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. (Psalm 119:130 NKJV) The entrance of Your words gives light;…
 
What is selfishness and why is it important for us to demolish it? Why do we need to understand the gravity of its effects on us as Christians, as neighbors, as biblical counselors? What can we do to reverse this? In this episode, Pastor Jeff Christianson shares his thoughts about excerpts from the book: Selfishness from Loving Yourself to Loving Y…
 
Those called to counsel will offer ministry 1. Through His Word. 2. By His Spirit. 3. With A Prayerful Seeking Heart. 4. In the Context of Church Life, Relational with His People. That’s how God works His counsel into our hearts and lives and those we minister. We are all called to counsel! ----------- Get on the waitlist! BiblicalCounselingAcademy…
 
There are three goals in soul care. Number one, every believer in Christ needs a word of counsel from God regularly. It’s important to find His knowledge and wisdom in our lives especially if we are going to be instruments of His counsel for others. Number two, we ask God to equip us to counsel others His way. We all need to grow in this area becau…
 
Have you noticed in our today's society, we always hear people ask before participating or helping, "What's in it for me?" We're living in a time where humanity loves itself. In this week's episode, join Pastor Jeff Christianson, and let's talk about selfishness and how do we start from loving ourselves to loving our neighbor. How do you begin to o…
 
An important part of Biblical Counseling is the topic of “Conflict Resolution”, just learning about communication. As we grow in the Lord, as we are walking with Jesus, we are always learning to be better communicators. How do we accelerate that growth? In this podcast episode, Pastor Jeff Christianson shares how words are powerful and how the Bibl…
 
Conflict resolution is an important part of your counseling ministry. When a conflict happens, there’s a temptation to respond inappropriately. We want to learn more to respond biblically. We know that we cannot produce a Godly life on our own. In terms of conflict, it must source with God above working upon us, in us and through us. Do you think y…
 
Does it ever seem like the only thing that will be appropriate that could possibly help is a perfect place to hide in safety? Do you ever feel like, if God doesn’t give strength, you’ll never have any? Sometimes life comes like a crushing and breaking of our hearts. The more that a person is crushed in spirit, the more the Lord can use them. You se…
 
Psalm 73:24 the psalmist confesses a great truth: “You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.” This is to be our confidence for time and eternity. Throughout time God will guide us with His counsel, if we let Him, if we look to Him, and if we trust Him to do so. And afterward, what will He do? As we’re walking along tha…
 
Now Enrolling: BiblicalCounselingAcademy.com Biblical Counseling Can Be Described As: 1:1 Soul Care, Ministering to One Another It begins with the Lord as Counselor. The comprehensive, all-sufficient wisdom and knowledge of Jesus, our Wonderful Counselor. He is given to us for discipleship and sanctification, Through the life-giving, life-changing,…
 
This podcast episode talks about a pastor’s perspective on what it means to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. In these days that we are living in, we need an army of equipped and passionate biblical counselors committed to the authority and the sufficiency of the scripture. We begin with discussing the role of the pastor-teacher in Eph…
 
Are you interested in training to counsel others God’s way? Listen to the latest podcast episode as Pastor Jeff Christianson discusses the three purposes of our training. Find out more about the Biblical Counseling Academy and stay tuned as enrollment opens for a course of study that will help you become certified. ---- PS: Are you interested in a …
 
This is the last episode of our 5-part series about the Counselor Evaluation. Certified Counselors in training are evaluated by their professors to ensure the counselor has a biblical framework. In this series, Jeff Christianson and Bill Hines discuss the typical questions asked on a Counselors's Evaluation. ----- PS: A series of passages from the …
 
This is part 4 of our 5-part series about the Counselor Evaluation. Certified Counselors in training are evaluated by their professors to ensure the counselor has a biblical framework. In this series, Jeff Christianson and Bill Hines discuss the typical questions asked on a Counselors's Evaluation. ----- PS: This self-paced tutorial will help you o…
 
This is part 3 of our 5-part series about the Counselor Evaluation. Certified Counselors in training are evaluated by their professors to ensure the counselor has a biblical framework. In this series, Jeff Christianson and Bill Hines discuss the typical questions asked on a Counselors's Evaluation. ----- PS: This is a simple, yet powerful (Hebrews …
 
This is part 2 of our 5-part series about the Counselor Evaluation. Certified Counselors in training are evaluated by their professors to ensure the counselor has a biblical framework. In this series, Jeff Christianson and Bill Hines discuss the typical questions asked on a Counselors's Evaluation. ----- PS: Have you ever gone through a trial and t…
 
Certified Counselors in training are evaluated by their professors to ensure the counselor has a biblical framework. In this 5-part series, Jeff Christianson and Bill Hines discuss the typical questions asked on a Counselors's Evaluation. --- PS: Have you ever gone through a trial and thought, “This difficulty is so strange” and “This is pointless”…
 
In this episode, Pastor Jeff Christianson provides a review on the booklet by Lou Priolo, “Fear Breaking its Grip”. If you are possessed by fear that your body and soul seem powerless against it, if you are one that’s prone to fear, and if you’re a biblical counselor or church leader who recognizes that people have been paralyzed by this fear and t…
 
“For my people have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters.” Jeremiah 2:13. God was grieved that His very people have turned aside from God’s living water and counsel for cisterns that could not hold water. A major threat that we face as biblical counselors and among the body of Christ is when internal God’s people are forsaking the Wonderful C…
 
“…do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you might prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2. Aren’t we surprised that the word of God is so sufficient? It is so relevant to the culture that we are living in the world today no matter what part of the world you live in. …
 
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 This is how we help those that we disciple. When we care for a soul, we point them to the scripture. We need to be transformed. As biblical counselors, this is one passage…
 
Today, we continue to talk about our identity in Christ. In this episode, we will describe the opposite of who we are in Christ and what the world would describe as "self-esteem philosophy". See Mark 8:34-35 Listen to the full episode and leave a comment in our community section. ---- PS: A self-paced mini-tutorial. Overcoming Trials God's Way. htt…
 
What do people seek in life? Who are we in Christ? Who am I? Who am I really? What is my life supposed to be about? Until we know Jesus as Lord and Savior, we will be spiritually dead and under the control of Satan himself. Ephesians 2: 1-3 In this episode, Pastor Jeff Christianson shares his experiences and thoughts on accepting Jesus as our Lord …
 
We are living in the last days. Jesus said if you see these things begin to happen, look up. Your redemption is drawing near. Look to the heavens and be reminded. This is what you, as biblical counselors, remind those who are in the biblical counseling office. It is important that we have a strong understanding of our position in eschatology. Becau…
 
Worry is anticipating future suffering. However, it’s anticipating without anticipating the grace that God has promised to those who suffer. There’s always a remedy and biblical answers. In psychological theory, sometimes it is helpful to learn from our past but there is a point in time where need to press on and forget those things behind but Jesu…
 
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us w…
 
What is counseling with a gentle voice? In order to understand whether a person should receive confrontation or comfort, we must consider the characteristics, purposes, and uses of law and grace. We will see that the law of God is related to counseling by confrontation, while the grace of God is related to counseling by comfort. Join us as Pastor J…
 
Do you feel that you are mature and have you trained yourself and has God trained you in effective spiritual discernment? In this podcast episode, Pastor Jeff talks about having the discernment and maturity to counsel others. More than just gifting alone, becoming an expert biblical counselor or an instrument of God’s counsel requires that you matu…
 
“You are especially abounding the highest goodness, richly supplied with perfect knowledge, and competent to counsel one another.” Romans 15:14 In this podcast, we will talk about, “Are You Called to Counsel God’s Way?” based on Romans 15:14. Every single believer is to be involved in the counseling and discipleship ministry. Are YOU called to coun…
 
There is a spiritual foe that comes after us and wants to destroy our life just like a lion would its prey. He desires to rip us off, wipe us out, and tear us down. This is spiritual warfare, and it is what often drives people to seek the counsel of biblical counselors. In this episode, Pastor Jeff Christianson talks to us about spiritual warfare a…
 
What does the Bible say about anxiety? How do you self-counsel and help others who are facing despair? How do you assess if anxiety is sinful and how do you walk in life when anxiety strikes? In this podcast episode, Pastor Jeff Christianson is joined by Mark Baker of hopeforlifeonline.com as they talk about self-counsel and anxiety. “Therefore I s…
 
In this episode, we continue our conversation about self-counsel as we fall into trials. The Lord wants to develop steadiness and depth in our faith walk so that we are equipped to help others. What questions do we need to ask ourselves to help with our anxiety and fear? How can you find strength, healing, and hope in the midst of your suffering so…
 
Have you gone through a trial and thought you have no way of getting out of it? The struggle, inaccuracy, and pain are common, “Do not think it is strange.” People face trial because they are in a fallen world. God says it is not strange and your trials have a purpose. But as a biblical counselor, we are asked to go back to the Scriptures as in 1 P…
 
In this episode, we are going to talk about God’s resources for biblical counseling. You cannot effectively serve the Lord with your own energy, strength, intellect, and will power instead of drawing from Christ (the Head). It is a matter of source or resource. Where are you sourcing the power, wisdom, guidance, and direction from? Let us talk abou…
 
Let us continue our discussion from the last two podcasts about covering or confronting an offense. In this podcast, Pastor Jeff talks about the advantage of personal conversation in conflict resolution. If there is an issue which is important enough to correct, then it is important enough to do it lovingly and face to face. ------------- PS: Learn…
 
A question that you may ask is, “When do I cover an offense with love, and when do I confront another’s sin?” Some passages lead us to overlook another’s sin (Prov. 19:11). Others passages teach us to confront someone (Luke 17:3). Listen for answers to these seemingly contradictory statements. ---- PS: Learn more about the Biblical Counseling Acade…
 
Jesus said, “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return” (1 Pet. 2:23). He will equip you to respond in ways that reflect His love. Navigate painful situations with faith and wisdom when people slander your reputation. --- PS: Get started on the right foot with your Biblical Counseling Training. The Biblical Counseling Academy’s Starter Cours…
 
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