BC-Alliance: Interactive Focus Groups
Biblical Expectation:
Proverb 27:17, “As Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Two Dimensional Approach:
Biblical Instruction: The first portion of the instructional time is geared toward examining a subject/topic biblically.  The BCA is devoted to the Scriptures declaration of being sufficient for every area of our life (2 Peter 1:3).   This time will take place through a 45-minute teaching format.  It is our hope that each attendee will be actively engaged in “renewing their mind” for the glory of God. 
Relational Interaction: As the instructional time comes to an end, there will be a short break as we shift gears to the interactive dimension of the evening.  The interactive groups will last 45-minutes as well.  This portion of the evening is where the attendees will have the opportunity to interactively sharpen each other through guided group discussion. 
Each group will be led by a team from the BCA regional board to aid in maintaining…
What is Biblical Love? 

The holiday of love, Valentine's Day, is almost here again. It’s a day when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship for each other. Red and pink hearts, roses, and statues of Cupid are what seem to symbolize the feeling of romance and love on Valentine’s Day. But sadly the world has cheapened the meaning of love. The world promotes many false ideas about love: love is a feeling, love is sex, love happens when you are fulfilled, you can only love others if you love yourself first, if it's love it will knock you off your feet...The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as "an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties."
But are any of these “biblical love”? And what is biblical love?
Real love, as expressed in Scripture, is so much more than a feeling. God deliberately chose to express his love to us. What is the greatest expression of love? The greatest expression of love is the love that Jesus C…
Are you enjoying a transparent community?

Posted onJanuary 25, 2017 by Karen McMahon in Healthy Faith.

This last week I was reflecting on the horrible punishment of solitary confinement. Nearly every state uses some form of solitary confinement to control prisoners. I read about a research study at McGill University that paid a group of male graduate students to stay in small chambers equipped with only a bed for an experiment on sensory deprivation in isolation. They could leave to use the bathroom, but that’s all. They wore goggles and earphones to limit their sense of sight and hearing, and gloves to limit their sense of touch. The plan was to observe students for six weeks, but not one student lasted more than seven days. Nearly every student lost the ability “to think clearly about anything for any length of time,” while several others began to suffer hallucinations.
The findings were not surprising. God created us as relational beings. He also knows the human heart and warns us…

Seeking Godly Counsel!

I am certain you have experienced those moments in your life where you need to make a decision and you simply respond without seeking God's counsel.  Perhaps you have experienced one of those moments where you just can't seem to find your keys.  As you rant and rave about where they have gone, someone in your household asks you, "HAVE YOU PRAYED ABOUT IT."  On such occasions I say to myself, "Why didn't I think of that."  To often it is easy to get angry, worry, or fear over these small or large situations when we have the opportunity to seek the Lord.  Our propensity to think we can handle life situations on our own tends to permeate much of our thinking even after salvation.  Whether your situation appears small and inconsequential or large and overwhelming it is important to bring these decisions before the Lord.  Romans 11:34-36 expresses God's majestic wisdom in comparison to mankind.  

There has never been a point in which God has needed counse…

I’m a Biblical Counselor and I’m (Depressed) Sad

What ever happened to the word sad? It seems like it’s been lost. We don’t use the word much anymore but instead describe a variety of our emotional experiences with the broader word “depressed.”
Personally, I don’t really like the word depressed because it has various shades of meaning. I know my own personal experience can never be captured by a single word nor can one word describe this intense struggle many have and seek help for.
In my own life and in counseling others I don’t avoid the word depressed, but I’m careful to use Scriptures’ detailed word pictures instead when speaking to the experience. God’s Word throughout has a biblical language that tells of depression so by using His terms “depression” is packaged with biblical meaning.
Suffering, downcast Despair, sadness Apathy, numbness Fear, anxiety Emptiness, brokenness, loneliness God speaks to depression Trying to make sense of depression is no easy task, and if you struggle with it or are helping a loved one w…