All Things!!! with Melanie Hart
By Melanie Hart
Listen up ladies! Welcome to “All Things!!!” with Biblical Counsellor Melanie Hart. This podcast is part of an online toolkit I'm developing for my clients -- beyond the counselling session -- learn to counsel themselves and others through the biblical lens of the Counsel of God. There’s just not enough time in our sessions to fully explore biblical truths, and so I endeavour to build you a toolkit — to teach, exhort, equip, and inspire you into the Word of God. And, if others join us along the way, all the more Glory to God! So let's go... beyond the session.
7 FAQs About Biblical Counselling
Biblical Counselling Resources... for Beyond the Session. Another perfectly imperfect podcast! In this podcast, Melanie will briefly answer these 7 questions about Biblical Counselling, based on her own studies, approaches, lived experience, and biblical worldview. These answers are summarized at: https://www.melaniehart.ca/faqs What is Biblical Counselling? How is Biblical Counselling Different From Christian (Integrated) Counselling? Why Should Christians Seek Biblical Counselling? When Should Christians Seek Biblical Counselling Over Christian Counselling? When Should Christians Seek Biblical Counselling? When Should Christians Seek Secular Counselling? Does Biblical Counselling Replace Medical Helps?
October 28, 2021
Reflection: What Do You Need Jesus For?
Biblical Counselling Resources... for Beyond the Session. In this episode, Melanie reflects on a question that brought deep grief and sorrow, repentance and restoration. You will hear Melanie reflect on a song, a throwback from her early singing days, Wayne Watson's "If Not For Love", and you might even hear her sing a bit. You will hear the footsteps of Rosie, Melanie's Lab walk across the floor mid-podcast, and lyrics of an old beloved hymn tying it all together. When we say, "All Things", we are not kidding! Most of all, you will be challenged to answer this question for yourself. What Do YOU Need Jesus For? Here is a link to Wayne Watson's song, If Not For Love and lyrics below. If Not For Love by Wayne Watson In time they say old wounds will heal But time alone would just reveal The measure of my best intent How vainly it would all be spent Empty boxes If not for love My prayer never would be heard Appeal denied without a word The throne room of my Father's house Closed fast to keep me out No admission If not for love If not for love the godless would reign If not for love any light would be shadowed But love was strong - revealed a plan Man's perfect God, God's perfect man A cross would stand alone refused A Son blessed and not accused A Savior never sent Blind to the world's lament No forgiveness If not for love
October 27, 2021
The “One” Gospel: A (61+ Biblical Reference) Walkthrough of the Gospel of God
Biblical Counselling Resources... for Beyond the Session. Feel free to print the PDF (www.melaniehart.ca), grab your Bible, a notebook, a pen, a highlighter, and explore the Gospel of God, from Genesis to Revelation, using this walkthrough of the Gospel of God. Or, here is the link to the blogpost where each corresponding verse is hyperlinked to an online ESV bible resource (thanks to The Bible Gateway). BLOG: The "One" Gospel: https://allthingswithmelaniehart.blogspot.com/2021/10/onegospel.html
October 25, 2021
All Things!!! The Pow, The Wow, The Now, The How, The Bow of 2 Peter 1:3
A verse about "All Things!!!" Bible on desk, notes on a page, Melanie speaks from the heart to break down this incredible verse full of big God theology that leads to doxology. Note: The words "that pertains" were unfortunately omitted from the notes and didn't make the podcast but the full verse is, "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence." 2 Peter 1:3 (ESV)
October 20, 2021
Dear Pastor, I'm Not a Jeep, I'm a Bronco!
Storytime! As I continue to introduce myself and what I do, I will be posting a variety of types of podcasts. Today needed to be a story day. Today, Sunday, October 17, has turned out to be a significant day in the unraveling of God's timing of my biblical counselling ministry. You'll have to tune in to see how this all ties together. I hope you enjoy it!
October 18, 2021
Counselling To the Glory of God: Statement of Faith
So I thought we'd begin with my "Statement of Faith." It's important that you know the foundations of my faith, what I believe and why I believe it -- even if we don't completely agree on every point. Here's the transcript: Biblical Counselling To the Glory of God: Statement of Faith by Melanie Hart My belief system is rooted in historical Orthodox Christianity and theologically and doctrinally Reformed; one that emphasizes the Authority of Holy Scripture (The Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God) and in the Sovereignty of God. I believe in the God of the Bible. I believe in the Gospel of God; the saving power of God's grace alone, through Faith alone (not of works), because of the finished work of Christ alone (his atoning death on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God for our sin). I believe in Christ's burial and resurrection, based on the authority of Scripture alone, all to the Glory of God alone. My full-time focus around counselling sessions is to know God and apply His instruction, wisdom, counsel, and discipline, first in my own life, and in such a way that I am in a biblically faithful posture to counsel, disciple, and mentor women of all ages. My favourite thing to do with clients is to pray with them, to point them to God's Gospel Truth, to His Word for His Counsel, and to witness how God changes them through the renewing of their minds, the softening of hearts, the reordering of loves, and point them to grow in biblical literacy, with their eyes on the ultimate eternal prize of Jesus - our Living Hope. I believe The WORD OF GOD belongs in the counselling room. I believe The GOSPEL OF GOD matters in the counselling room. I believe THEOLOGY belongs in the counselling room. I believe DOCTRINE belongs in the counselling room. I believe biblical JOY belongs in the counselling room. I believe biblical HOPE belongs in the counselling room. I believe biblical TRUTH matters in the counselling room. I believe biblical LOVE belongs in the counselling room. I believe biblically faithful encouragement and admonishment belong in the counselling room. I believe PRAYER belongs in the counselling room. To do otherwise is inconceivable to me. In Romans 1 Paul makes three “I am” statements that inspire me with biblical courage and conviction in counselling conversations: in vs. 14, he writes, “I am under obligation”, in vs. 15, he states, “I am eager”, and vs. 16, he proclaims, "I am not ashamed.” And in the first chapter of Colossians, verse 28, Paul exhorts (as if to me personally in the counselling room), “Him [Christ] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” I am not the “Wonderful Counsellor” but I know the One who is. (Isaiah 9:6). The ultimate counsellor is the only One Who is not in need of counsel! Romans 11:34, “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counsellor?” God’s Word, God’s Attributes, God’s Gospel, God’s Standards, God's Personhood through the Trinity (God The Father, God The Son, God the Holy Spirit) are essential, non-negotiable, and highly used tools in my counselling toolbox. To do otherwise is inconceivable to me. It has been said that, “In all Christians, Christ is present. In some, Christ is prominent. But only in a few is He preeminent.” (Original Author Unknown). The longing of my heart is to make Christ preeminent in my own life. I pray that be true of my clients as well.“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)
October 17, 2021