Living Water Counseling Ministries (LWCM) is dedicated to assisting members of the body of Christ in reaching their God ordained potential by identifying problems and using the word of God to confront and correct them gently and with love.

LWCM was birthed in October of 2003. Its genesis can be found in two Scriptures, Matthew 28:19, The Great Commission and 2 Timothy 3:16 -- 17. Dr. Tierno recognized that many Christians were not leading the victorious life Christ died for. Although saved and attending service on a regular basis, these brothers and sisters needed more than what was offered weekly by the local church.
 
Individual, one-on-one biblical counseling, when administered in love, can identify and bring to bear God's word in a very focused, freeing and a life-changing way. This focus of using God's word to heal and correct is the very foundation upon which LWCM continues to minister today.

Call us today and begin to allow God, through the application of His word, to heal, set free and renew your walk and life. God bless and shalom

Please read what follows for a detailed description of what Biblical Counseling is all about...

Counseling God's Way is as different from psychological counseling as light is from darkness. You see, genuine Biblical counseling doesn't merely sprinkle a few Bible verses here and there to make the counseling appear Bible-centered. In contrast to psychologically-integrated systems, Biblical counseling seeks to carefully discover those areas in which a Christian may be disobedient to the principles and commands of Scripture and to help him learn how to lovingly submit to God's will.

In contrast to the false stereotypes of Biblical counseling, effective Biblical counselors do not automatically diagnose a counselee's problems as flagrant and willful rebellion and prescribe a couple of verses with the promise of instant healing. On the other hand, a genuine Biblical counselor does not assume that every problem is biologically caused, requiring years of intensive psychotherapy and psychotropic drugs. 
While recognizing that many problems of thinking and behavior are physically caused, Biblical counselors recognize that many physical symptoms are generated by wrong patterns of thinking and action.

Biblical counselors take Colossians 1:28 seriously, presenting Christ without shame, lovingly confronting sin, and teaching Biblical principles in order to produce maturity in the life of the counselee.

Psychological counseling, on the other hand, is based on "hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ," (Colossians 2:8). That's why Paul warns, "See to it that no one takes you captive" through such empty concepts.

Biblical counselors truly believe that God "has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness," (2 Peter 1:5). If we apply God's principles to our lives and grow in our character qualities, Peter promises "they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive," (vs.8), but if we fail to do so, Peter says we are "nearsighted and blind" forgetting that we have "been cleansed from [our] past sins" (vs.9).

That is what psychological counseling produces: spiritual nearsightedness and blindness and a return to slavery to the very sins God has freed us from. As a result, "they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning," (2 Peter 2:20).

Counseling God's Way is totally different, because it relies on the wisdom of God, not on the false precepts of humanistic philosophies and theories. 

 

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