God continues to give ample evidence in our day through testimonies like this couple that there is hope for change through the ministry of His Word. We at the Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center have sought to be an ambassador of Biblical hope to the Charleston community and beyond since 2003. We seek to use Scripture by the power of the Spirit to motivate and direct people into Christ-like endurance in trials/temptations and in transformation of desires, meditation and behavior that is anchored in a growing fear, love, hope in Christ. We also have an extensive biblical counselor training program live or online because we believe that biblical counseling is discipleship and the responsibility to counsel biblically belongs to the local body of Christ.
We ... could never communicate with one another or go to one another for support when we needed it. This caused a lot of bitterness. But from the first session at LCBCC it was like a light bulb went off. Tim taught us to seek the Lord and do what His Word says to do. By studying verses that related to our issues, our eyes and hearts have been opened. Learning God's word on how to put off the old and put on the new was so powerful and rewarding. Letting go of all selfishness and doing what the Word says has brought us close together. It’s amazing now how we handle our issues compared to before. God's Word is true and powerful and has made a huge difference in our marriage. LCBCC teaches people to trust in God and shows how he has the answers to all trials.“
I was addicted. I was involved in a sinful relationship with a girl. I found help at LCBCC. Their belief is that it is only through the Word of God by the Holy Spirit that there is any hope. Upon my first visit I was asked to begin a 60-day study called “Way of Purity”. They taught me to “radically amputate” (From Matthew 5:27-30) EVERYTHING that tempted me to sin as much as possible. I blocked my T.V, cell phone, computer, etc. But the biggest thing that helped me was the Lord working through His Word to renew my mind and heart. The counselor at LCBCC taught me to effectively memorize scripture in order to replace thoughts of lust and pornography. This memorization made me remember how much the Lord loved me and that he offered a better plan than momentary pleasures of sin. I discovered that the Lord does love a wretched sinner like me. He gave me power to overcome my sin in His Word. I am so very blessed to have been able to come here and grow in the Lord.”
at LCBCC. God has used the counseling to breathe life, hope, and encouragement into our marriage – a marriage suffocated by suffering, anger, alcohol abuse, sickness, and depression. We have learned that man does not live on bread (or feelings) alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. We have been taught to think biblically about life and our many "issues" - this has helped us to see life truly, as a venue for God's glory to shine, through us ... through me.“
and I knew the Bible would be the textbook used there. I was not disappointed. I was directed at every level to scriptures that addressed my issues of anxiety, stress and fear. I was losing much sleep due to my anxiety and worry. I found that sin had taken root. I tend toward overachieving and people pleasing to a fault. So much of my thinking patterns can revolve around “needing” people’s approval. Tim and the team counselor directed me to the scriptures for answers. I was reminded of the all-sufficiency of Christ. Thanks to LCBCC my inner stress and anxiety is now not only greatly reduced, but my faith has been refreshed with a renewed appreciation for how scripture can aid me in my journey. The Holy Spirit is now the Gatekeeper of my emotions as He reminds me of key scriptures that renew my mind when I begin to serve others to the point of coveting their approval. I am now daily in scripture, study and prayer. I can now love people more because I fear their rejection less."
Both of us were at fault. But I discovered that it didn’t matter to what degree I thought my wife was to blame. I needed to deal with my issues and stay focused on Christ and not focused on what my wife’s sin was. Through the Word shared with both my wife and I at LCBCC, we were reconciled. I have realized the need to seek forgiveness for my part and do so quickly so the devil can’t get a foothold in my marriage. I also have learned to forgive quickly. I use to think conflicts were inevitable, but now I know that the “wars and fights” in my marriage come from my “desires” for pleasure that war in me, as it says in James 4:1-10. My wife has now returned home, we are doing very good and are now expecting our first child! Praise be to the Lord.”
I heard of LCBCC through a dear friend who had struggled with similar issues in her marriage. I saw God work mightily through LCBCC in her life, so when I needed help I knew this was the best place for me. I was very fearful and discouraged. I was fearful about the future. Tim and the team counselor were very encouraging. Through Biblical counseling, they helped me get my heart right with God and encouraged me to daily seek God in every situation. They challenged me to memorize Scripture (which I had been neglecting) so I could mediate on it when I was fearful. I am very encouraged by the practical Biblically based practices, they have challenged me to use with my family. God is working in our family through LCBCC. I would recommend these precious counselors at LCBCC to anyone who wants to find God’s solution to their problems. God truly works through His Word!"
I needed help in glorifying God. Tim and the team counselor were very intentional about inviting the Holy Spirit to work in and through me. I had tried to approach the situation on my own but very quickly I realized that this was not working. Anger and bitterness were the emotions I felt and I did not see a good way out. At LCBCC I found godly, professional guidance. I have come to learn how to join God at work and speak as His Ambassador, like I am called to be. My attitude toward the situation and the person has changed. There is a new level of love in our relationship.”
Day to day living became hard because I was so fearful of everything I did. I was controlled by fears of someone breaking in, or the doors not being locked, or of not truly being saved, or of something bad happening, etc. Life became very confusing. I was very unhappy, trying to strive to keep myself from doing any wrong. When my Mom first asked me to go to LCBCC and see Tim Bryant, I was reluctant, but after a while I decided to go. As I went there week after week, God allowed things in my mind to clear up and my dilemma disappeared bit by bit. I learned that the Holy Scripture holds the answers to every problem and situation in my life. I greatly recommend LCBCC because of their kind service and great techniques. I also find it wonderful that they center these things around the Truth of God."
Sin crept in and gave us a wakeup call. We sought out the help of LCBCC because we knew that the only way we would get past our sinful mistakes and find a way to repair and improve our marriage would be to ask for help. We attended a series of classes and then participated in couples counseling. We learned to grow our faith individually and as a couple by being disciplined and reading God’s word, doing specific homework assignments geared toward our issues and scripture memory work. As a result, we began to listen to each other, communicate better and pray together daily. We continue to be challenged to put our faith in action and to have a great marriage. We know we can do this from the help we received at LCBCC. If you are experiencing any kind of difficulty in your marriage, let the staff at LCBCC help you establish the skills you need to be all God has planned for you and your spouse. We are thankful for their help and prayers.”
Through the work of the Holy Spirit and God's grace I was able to see the mercy and forgiveness the Lord had to offer me despite my sinful decisions. Through the help of the LCBCC, my wife and I have seen our marriage restored, our family restored, and most importantly my relationship with Christ restored. LCBCC has truly been a blessing in this process and played a vital role in walking me and my wife through the understanding of grace and forgiveness and the process of restoring and rebuilding our marriage on the biblical principles that ultimately hold us together. LCBCC has challenged me in so many ways and continues to equip both me and my wife with the tools we need to continue to build a healthy biblical marriage.”
I kept all this for years from my wife. I would try to get free and repent, but always return to my secret, shameful private sin. I did reach out for help to several pastors over the years but they were not able to give me the biblical structure I needed. Most recently, one pastor referred me to a Christian counselor at a highly respected church in the area – but quite honestly the entire time was spent talking about my past and not about my sin. I was being taught to blame my sin on my past. Then eight months ago I was introduced to LCBCC. I knew that I needed thorough Biblical counseling that kept me in the Word and before the face of Jesus, rather than rehashing an old past, or being placed in a support group with others whose sinful thoughts could be as sordid as mine. God has been with me. Through Tim's counseling of radical amputation, radical renewal of the mind, and radical replacement-all biblically based-I have entered into a new lifestyle of obedience and discipline which the Holy Spirit is using to transform me. I cannot leave this Christ-honoring regiment for the rest of my life. I am on a new road. The paving is tough work, but the ride continues to be smoother and sweeter. “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastens every son whom He receives’ (Hebrews 12:5b,6).”
This depression led me to attempt suicide as a teenager. Last year my grandmother died. My grandmother had literally been everything to me throughout my life – my encourager, my closest friend, and my hope. On top of all this, a few months earlier, I had lost my job. My life was spiraling out of control and I became severely depressed and hopeless. I did not want to do anything – I had stopped going out of the house altogether for two months. But then God led me to the LCBCC through a very concerned friend. I called and set up an appointment. I was taught how to put my hope in the Lord. We studied Lamentation 3:17-25 and applied it to my situation. Tim explained that Jeremiah, the writer, was depressed, like me, because he had put his hope in the good gifts of this world that the Lord had given instead of the Lord Himself; so when God took these gifts from Jeremiah, he lost his hope “from the Lord”. It wasn’t until Jeremiah realized that the Lord, Himself, was his hope and his portion – then his hope returned. Through LCBCC I too learned to put my hope “in the Lord” – I learned to hope in the Giver of good not the good gifts. I began to realize it is not about here and now, it’s about eternity. Now that I have had this realization and taken it to heart -I don’t have to ever deal with depression in the same way again– I am equipped to handle tough situations with biblical faith, trust and hope. I am now in the training program at LCBCC so I can help other people with the Living Word that helped me.” did not want to do anything – I had stopped going out of the house altogether for two months. But then God led me to the LCBCC through a very concerned friend. I called and set up an appointment. I was taught how to put my hope in the Lord. We studied Lamentation 3:17-25 and applied it to my situation. Tim explained that Jeremiah, the writer, was depressed, like me, because he had put his hope in the good gifts of this world that the Lord had given instead of the Lord Himself; so when God took these gifts from Jeremiah, he lost his hope “from the Lord”. It wasn’t until Jeremiah realized that the Lord, Himself, was his hope and his portion – then his hope returned. Through LCBCC I too learned to put my hope “in the Lord” – I learned to hope in the Giver of good not the good gifts. I began to realize it is not about here and now, it’s about eternity. Now that I have had this realization and taken it to heart -I don’t have to ever deal with depression in the same way again– I am equipped to handle tough situations with biblical faith, trust and hope. I am now in the training program at LCBCC so I can help other people with the Living Word that helped me.”
It seemed to manifest in times of extreme stress and change for me, especially when I felt out of control of my circumstances. Being a newlywed and away from my family for the first time, fear struck full-force shortly after I moved. I could find no comfort. I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep, and most of all couldn't explain to the people in my life what I was feeling or why. When our pastor directed us to LCBCC, I was desperate. I knew I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, because my nerves simply couldn't take anymore! Tim taught me the simple concept of taking God at His Word, to hide passages in my heart and that fear ultimately is a lack of faith...because if you trust God, the One Who really is in control, what is there to fear? Now if and when the devil tries his old familiar fear tactics on me, I am in full armor, ready with the Word of God to combat him at every turn. I am thankful for the many that help LCBCC continue in ministry. God used LCBCC to save my life and set me on the path to the person He created me to be.”
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