Author: Joshua Waulk

So, You Want to Get Married

“For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods…” 1 Kings 11:4 One of the great privileges of pastoral ministry and biblical counseling is the role of mentor and guide to couples who are engaged or considering marriage. In a culture that mocks and scoffs at the biblical vision for marriage, helping those who desire to honor the Lord and put the Gospel on display through their marital covenant is a joy (Eph. 5:32). But, with the privilege of sending many couples down the aisle toward holy matrimony comes tremendous pastoral responsibility. There is more to...

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Encourage the Fainthearted

In 1 Thessalonians 5:14, the apostle Paul instructed his readers to, “…admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” This verse is a rallying cry within the biblical counseling movement. Counseling those who suffer across a broad spectrum of issues, and conditions are at the heart of the mission of biblical counseling. Helping people to patiently endure suffering as they learn, or are gently reminded that the sufferings of this present life are “not worthy of comparison to the weight of glory that is to come” (Rom. 8:18) is a privilege, and one...

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Searching Hearts and Testing Minds The God of Biblical Counseling

The Gospels record that those who heard Jesus teach were “astonished” and “amazed” by the authority with which He spoke (Matthew 7:29; Mark 1:22; John 7:46). Whether Jew or Gentile, Jesus’s audiences were frequently captured, not only by His knowledge of God’s word, but by His commanding application of it to life. Whereas the Scribes and Pharisees turned God’s righteous law into an impossible burden for the people to bear, Jesus brought hope through the Good News of God’s mercy and grace (Matthew 23:4; 11:28-30). Two thousand years later, we see that while technology has advanced, the biblical diagnosis...

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Hope for Change in Union with Christ

Union with Christ is certainly eschatological, but it also has present and active benefits. It changes how we think, relate, and long for. The doctrine of union with Christ, of necessity, alters how we care and how we counsel in the church. These are just a few thoughts I had after reading Rankin Wilbourne’s new book, Union with Christ: The Way to Know and Enjoy God. While I may have said something differently here, or clarified a point there, I enjoyed it very much and was challenged by Wilbourne’s work. I recommend it and will certainly make use of...

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The Delusional Dream of Secret Sin

“What I did is certainly known.” Moses (Exodus 2:14; HCSB) Sin absolutely wrecks the lives of men and secret sin wrecks them absolutely. In my experience counseling with men, it has usually been public sin issues that have garnered the concern of family, friends, and co-workers. These outward sin issues have served as the impetus for counseling as the truth of the matter became known. Rarely, however, is the known issue foundational to the chief complaint. More often than not, a season of hiding secret sin has paved the way to a public fall. To be sure, more than...

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