Are you a frustrated Christian . . .

. . . struggling with the disconnect between what Scripture says about your problem and what you actually experience?

If our 33-year counseling practice – as well as our own personal experience – shows us anything, it’s how frustrating it can be as a Christian to know what the Bible says but not see it work in your own life.

It’s certainly not because you don’t believe what Scripture teaches. You do. And it’s not because you don’t pray for God’s help. You do that too.

But you still inwardly struggle with problems like fear, doubt, forgiveness, worry, marital discord, or self-image.

And on top of it all, you then secretly feel like a failure. As one person recently put it, “I just can’t seem to pull off what I know the Bible teaches.”

In fact, we’ve found that if a believer struggles like this long enough, they usually end up in one of two camps:

1. “There must be something wrong with me or my faith because I can’t overcome these problems [like worry] – even though Scripture speaks directly to them.” — OR —

2. “I’ve really tried, but it just doesn’t work for me . . . and I’m beginning to secretly fear whether it really works at all.”

The Heart of the Matter

For 20 years I wrestled with a question that caused me a great deal of intellectual curiosity and more than a little frustration. Simply put, my question was this: Why is it that Scripture tells us what to do, but rarely includes how to do it?

And I’m being honest when I tell you that I struggled with this on and off for 20 years before (finally!) getting clarity.

Let me save you 20 years and give you that insight right here…

The reason Scripture gives us the what but not usually the how is this:

The Bible is a book of precept, not process

That is to say, it tells us what to do, but seldom how to do it.

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A precept is a general principle intended to regulate thought and behavior. The Bible is full of precepts. Let me give you just three examples:

There are probably a number of reasons why we are given the what and not the how, but I think two are primary: 

1.  If it gave us the process for each precept, the Bible would be about the size of an old-school set of encyclopedias!

2.  This absence of process encourages us to pursue wisdom, seek insight, and discover application. In short, it encourages growth.

But HOW?

This is where psychology enters the picture. Psychology can help with the how. Psychology offers insights about Process.

And the right processes can help me apply the Precepts found in God’s Word to my situation and through my unique personality. 

At Growth Resources Online (GRO), we talk a lot about psychospiritual growth. We believe this is the ideal term, as it encompasses both the spiritual (the universal Precepts of Scripture) and the psychological (the Processes aiding the successful integration of biblical truth into our life).

*Please understand that we are by no means equating psychology with that of God’s revealed Word. We are simply saying that the science of psychology can be a useful tool to facilitate application of the life-changing precepts and truths found in Scripture.

GRO seamlessly integrates sound psychological processes with timeless biblical truths to establish, build, and support your psychospiritual growth and maturity. 

And here’s how we do it . . .

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GRO Courses

Our library of life-enriching courses features actionable strategies gleaned from our decades of experience helping clients who’ve been right where you are.

This means you get real help for real situations that brings real improvement to your life! 

Each course focuses on a specific common life challenge, demonstrating how you can put biblical precepts into action using proven psychological tools that are both effective and easy to use.

We are currently featuring our newest release – How to Anxiety-Proof Your Mind (details available by clicking the “Tell Me More” button below). 

Like all GRO materials, this course comes from our head, our heart, our biblical and clinical training, and 3+ decades of experience.

In other words, we don’t do a Google search, cut and paste, and then call it a “program” or “course,” as many others do. And we certainly don’t let AI do the work for us. 

All of our courses are available only through Growth Resources Online because they are unique content created by us in-house. 



Personal Coaching

If you prefer to work one-on-one with a coach or counselor to directly target specific challenges, you can take advantage of our personal coaching packages.

As a coaching client, you benefit from our solution-focused approach using the proven methods we’ve field tested over three decades in private practice working with people just like you.

While personal coaching is available for both members (those who have purchased one of our courses) and non-members alike, GRO Members receive a generous discount.

Phone, email, and video coaching options are all available, depending on your preference.

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While we offer courses and coaching, we like to believe that our real product is HOPE. So if you’ve tried and failed so many times that you’re a little short on hope, you’re in the right place

You see, it’s just as Proverbs 25:2 says . . .

God delights in concealing things; [precepts]
scientists delight in discovering things. [process]

Precepts and Process — This is our focus at GRO

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