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Ten Simple (But Critical) Questions to Consider in Marriage Counseling

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I.  Does the couple read the Bible together on a regular basis? “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, ESV). II.  Does the couple place their marriage as a priority? “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord…Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…(Ephesians 5:22; 25, ESV).

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Married Life and the “Why” of Behavior

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<p> Cultivating a marriage that sings the glory of God begins with God.  Relational dynamics, spousal roles, communication patterns, families of origin, financial peace, and sexual fulfillment are all working variables in the covenantal relationship called marriage, but they are not the final contexts in which marriages develop nor are they the causal core of why individuals in marriage relate the way they do. </p> <p>

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Solace: Comforting the Broken Hearted

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Solace: Comforting the Broken Hearted Brokenness is an existential reality—broken marriages, broken homes, emotional brokenness, physical brokenness, spiritual brokenness—we live in a fractured and broken world. Thankfully, brokenness is not our final reality! We are assured that Someone exists in the midst of the brokenness who is committed to its eradication. The psalmists writes, “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalms 147:3). Do you long to commune with God in the midst of your own brokenness? Do you cherish the opportunity to learn how to effectively minister God’s word to the hurting among us? Do you thirst for the deep waters of truth offered you by God to mend your broken heart? Do you want to learn more about how the psalms speak to the brokenness of your life or the lives of others around you?

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Featuring Hope Prison Outreach

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I am very honored to announce ABC's involvement in bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to hundreds of men in Texas prisons!  This outreach, God willing, will touch men and women throughout the country very soon.  Your prayers and support are deeply appreciated!!!  Click "Read More" below to watch a very informative video on the great work our director, Chandler Fozard, is doing in our prisons.  Praising Him!!!

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Exodus International: Another Reason We Must Trust Sacred Theology over Man-Made Theory

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Imagine struggling with an incessant issue whose history is filled with harsh stigmas and bigotry.  Imagine suffering under this daily condition feeling as though you were a shameful, less than human, unlovable outcast.  To make things worse, the place where you go to worship God regularly spouts condemning slogans against the very struggle with which you are wrestling.

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Forgive and Forget: Is this the Christian Way of Marriage?

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If you have counseled for any length of time I am sure you have had to wrestle with the topic of forgiveness.  A spouse who has committed adultery, a parent who has abandoned a child, a friend who has failed to keep commitments, a boss who has taken advantage, or a rebellious teenager who refuses to obey are all typical in a counseling situation, and demand careful consideration of forgiveness. 

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Depression and the Ministry, The Need for Wise Disclosure

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During the past year, I have had the privilege of working very closely with Paul Tripp in the development of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care. That experience has given me a deeper understanding of the particular stresses and temptations experienced by pastors in ministry, and will considerably inform the comments that follow as it regards the questions, “How much should you share about your depression with a congregation? How do you explain it?

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Cutting and Self-Harm

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Today I had the privilege to do an interview with Kurt Goff at www.wdcxfm.com on a very difficult topic - cutting.  If you need a resource to use in helping someone you know and love who is struggling with this issue, I've included a free handout here.  If you are interested in my booklet on cutting, you can find it here.  In the end, if you or your child is a believer in Christ, Jesus is committed to redeeming this problem.  Consider this passage:

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Gospel-Centered Biblical Counseling

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Among the most prominent paradigms in biblical counseling is that of idolatry. The profound and pioneering work in this area by men like David Powlison (1999), Ed Welch (2003), and Paul Tripp (1999) served as an iconoclastic force for my personal understanding of human motivation.  During my initial years as a counselor, I operated in a perpetual

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Separation From A Living, Loving God – More from Zambia

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NOTE:  This post is from a one of our team members from Equip Zambia.  The team is there this week teaching ABC's Equip to      Counsel. Guest Author: J Howard Denzer The humanization of previously held knowledge can be a sobering thing. As I was playing in the school yard with some children today, one of the young boys started crying. The boy was probably about six years old and had cut a large piece of skin from his finger while playing soccer. As I was looking at the bleeding finger, I realized that this very well might be the closest I'd ever been to the HIV virus. This wasn't my customary experience of simply learning about something dangerous, but a

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