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Jim loves God. He appears to love his wife and kids very much; he’s a leader in the church. He looks a lot like you and me.

       Jim, however, has a secret. He’s been living a double life for some time. At first it bothered him a lot, not so much anymore—he has developed a calloused heart. His conscience is seared from neglect.

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"So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor; they fell down, with none to help," Psalm 107:12. I remember when I was in prison and feeling sorry for myself and whatever prospects awaited me after my release, countless, well-intentioned volunteers would come in and try to make me feel better about myself and my future.  "You just made a mistake,"

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<p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">It’s interesting to ponder the Psalms and how they view “depression.” It is such a rich view. Honestly, it makes a DSM-V view of depression seem quite flat and shallow by comparison.</span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"> </span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><b style="box-sizing: border-box;">Richness in Definition/Descriptions of Depression</b></span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);"><b style="box-sizing: border-box;"> </b></span></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); font-family: Georgia, Cambria, 'Bitstream Charter', serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <span style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">In the Psalms we discover a great variety of descriptions of depression.</span></p>

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One of the most common misconceptions regarding those in prison is that their greatest problem is a lack of self-esteem and/or a low self-image.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  Their greatest problem is that they have been esteeming what they want above everything and everyone else.  Paul wrote that no one should think more highly of themselves

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2nd Corinthians 1:8-10 For we do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. BUT that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on

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What would be your initial response if you saw a young woman walk up to a man at the bar and within minutes invite him to her room? What would you think if you saw on the news that your neighbor was arrested for a hit and run accident?  What would you think if your girlfriend who you invited for dinner picked at the food and never really touched it?  What would you think if your son got suspended from school for fighting?

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<p> This question is often asked: "May a church biblical counseling ministry use the terms "counseling" and "counselor" if its biblical counselors are not licensed professional counselors?"  Licensed Professional Counselor laws vary from state to state; however, the general answer to that question is "yes."<br />

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Cancer Patient

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News of having cancer is a life-changing event. Sorrow, sadness, and sympathy are appropriate responses. But for a counselor, more is needed. Cancer also brings fear and for many who are diagnosed, finality.  Once the initial emotional impact passes, uncertainty and helplessness may dominate. Some may just give up in resignation. Other folks may assume an aggressive posture towards cancer and determine to “beat it” no matter how great the odds.

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Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. Matthew 7:24-27 As I grow in pastoral ministry, I see more and more the God-designed need in people for refuge. The Psalmist would say it this way, “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge.”

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