What do you say when someone is suffering deeply?


I will never forget an experience I had many years ago. I was travelling with a co-worker on business who was also a Christian. As we travelled and spent time together he began to share with me the very painful and challenging circumstances he currently found himself in. Wanting to be helpful, I told him about a great book I’d finished recently that I’d found very helpful. I don’t remember his exact response; the gist of it was that he’d read it, and that it hadn’t helped him in the least, and that he was feeling stuck and hopeless.

I felt stupid and very inadequate, I could think of nothing to help this man. I knew there had to be answers in Christ, but I didn’t know what they were. This was many years before I discovered biblical counseling, or had been equipped with a theology for ministering to the hurting.

I felt stupid and very inadequate, I could think of nothing to help this man.

Perhaps you’ve found yourself in similar circumstances. I think most of us have found ourselves here at least once in our lives.

Equipping people to think clearly about suffering and to minister lovingly and effectively to those are hurting is something that each and every one of us will have opportunity to do at some point in our lives.

That is why we chose to make our 2018 Canadian Biblical Counseling Coalition conference theme: Let’s talk hope in suffering.

We warmly invite you to join us and renew your mind and thinking from God’s Word on this important topic and to learn and discuss some of the practical implications that go along with it.

Why not register TODAY?
We’d love to welcome you in person March 22&23 More details about the upcoming conference.


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