Registration is open for Addictions Conference

We have a great opportunity for being trained in the area of how to handle addictions biblically.  Dr. Keith Palmer will be with us on October 13 and 14.  Dr. Palmer has taught about addictions at this Summer's Conference at the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship in Escondido, CA.  He also will be one of the keynote speakers at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors Annual Conference this coming October.  He is the Counseling Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Granbury, Texas.

Dr. Palmer will be presenting at a free Friday night forum entitled "Addictions from a Biblical Point of View" at Southwest Hills at 7PM.  No registration is required.  Sending an email to Pastor Kerry Francetich at would be helpful in determining a head count.

Saturday he'll present 5 sessions to help you learn how to help addicts.  This all day workshop (9 AM to 4 PM) costs $50.  It includes all materials, and snack and lunch during the day. Register at



4 Convictions that Underlie the Practice of Biblical Counseling

Today I will present 4 key scriptural convictions that underlie the practice of biblical counseling.  First, in our counseling method and content, we hold to the conviction that it is our presenting of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior through the use of His Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit that helps people in their personal and relational problems.  We lead people to a person: Jesus Christ, not a program, Who will ultimately change them and help them live victoriously.

Second, it is our conviction that we use the Bible to diagnose, explain, and solve our problems.  God’s Word alone is the book that provides true, authoritative and sufficient wisdom and guidance for every life situation.  It is superior to man’s wisdom and the competing counsel of secular and integrated forms of counseling.

Third, we desire to counsel as the Master Counselor, Jesus, by showing love, concern, care, and compassion for those who are struggling.  Our ministry should reflect these qualities as we speak the truth in love.

Finally, we are convinced that lasting change comes only when both the inner and outer man is addressed by our counsel.  Biblical counseling is not shallow, simplistic, or focused on behavior only, but on the heart also.  We seek to use God’s Word, which can uncover our beliefs and motives along with the ensuing behavior, to lead to true lasting change.