The Importance of the Worship Service for Biblical Counseling
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
In our day and age when we have access to sermons galore on demand and immediate contact with friends through our devices, the importance of commitment to the church worship service may be a hard sell for some people. However, there are solid reasons why every believer should count this as one of the highest priorities in life, and for every biblical counselor, why this should be a staple homework...  Read More
The Benefit of Biography in Biblical Counseling
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
No doubt, there are many people who read biographies out of curiosity. With the release of a biography of some prominent historical figure, there are those who pick up the book off Amazon because they are fascinated by the individual and they want to know more. Why was this person the way he was? What made him tick? Why did his life end so tragically?There is nothing wrong with such curiosity, but...  Read More
Religious OCD: Don't Trust Yourself
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
A couple of years ago, my second son was learning to ride his bike without training wheels. As with many children, he was quite anxious about the prospect of losing his balance and crashing. With each new try, I would hold the back of his bike seat until he got going fast enough and then I would let go. A tendency of his when I let go was to stop pedaling. When he felt himself losing balance, this...  Read More
Religious OCD and Morbid Introspection
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
Review of Religious OCD Post 1In a previous post, I labeled Scrupulosity or Religious OCD as being characterized by obsessions related to issues that are specifically moral or spiritual in nature. In contrast to obsessions centered around cleanliness and orderliness, the person struggling with Religious OCD battles obsessions centered around moral purity and a persistently-plagued conscience. The ...  Read More
The Truth About OCD
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
OCD: More than just repeated hand-washingWhat do you think of when you think of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? In contrast to cleanliness, health, or order, there are people who obsess over issues that are specifically moral or spiritual in nature, like obsessing over whether something they are doing is sinful or whether they will commit a sin that they are particularly disturbed by. This ki...  Read More
Comfort: Don't Keep it to Yourself
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
In our suffering, we can often respond with much self-focus. If you’re like me when you get sick, you find it challenging to think about much else beyond, “Wow…I feel crummy and I don’t want to feel this way anymore.”  When life hurts, you have likely asked one or more of these questions: “Why?” “Why me?” “When will it all stop?” “What do I have to do to get out of these circumstances?” “Why does ...  Read More
The Threat of Reading the Bible with a "Fix-it" Mentality
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
Whether you are someone struggling with trials and/or sins, or you are a counselor helping a person who is struggling with trials and/or sins, you must be careful not to read the Bible with a “fix-it” mentality.  What I mean is that you must be cautious of reading God’s Word in such a way that fixing a problem becomes your main goal for reading. Certainly, the truth of the Word is our lifeline in ...  Read More
Keeping Your Brothers and Sisters from Crisis
by Brent Osterberg on July 14th, 2020
I have a great passion for the ministry of biblical counseling.  The training I have received through ACBC (The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors) has been invaluable to my ministry as a pastor, and seeing the Lord transform lives through His Word in the counseling room has been one of the true highlights of observing God in His church.  I often recommend our annual biblical counseling ...  Read More
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