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Marriage is hard. Even in the best marriages, the heart of each spouse tends to turn inward and build the kingdom of self. Most of my marriage counseling clients at least claim to be believers in Christ. Most of them regularly attend a bible-teaching church. Most of them are in some kind of small group community within their church. And…most of them are seeking biblical counsel because their marriage is struggling in some way— perhaps profoundly.

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<div class="BlogEntry" style="font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"> <div class="Body" style="margin-bottom: 30px; font-style: inherit; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; float: left; clear: both;"> <p> <span style="line-height: 1.7em; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit;">On several occasions I spoken on the topic of sexual abuse and the shame associated with it. Shame is such a pervasive part of any kind of abuse or any sin. What has profoundly impacted me as I’ve thought about all this is how my brothers and sisters are overwhelmed by the sin of sexual abuse and the shame that accompanies it.</span></p>

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"...for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence." (v.12) "Breathing out violence," perhaps no two words in Scripture more dramatically capture the powerfully damaging presence of sin than these two words. Imagine a human being, who was made in the image of God, made for loving worship of the Lord and loving community with others, getting to the place where they've fallen so far from God's original intention that they actually exhale violence! You don't have to look very far to see the dramatic damage that sin does

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If you walk into a Christian bookstore, go to the area where Bibles are sold and you will be amazed at how many Bibles there are.  There’s the Spirit Filled Life Bible, the Battlezone Bible, The Good News Bible, The Archeological Study Bible, the Apologetics Study Bible, the Rainbow Study Bible, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, the Reformation Study Bible, and on and on.  Walk in a church and you will find a small 

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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.  Richness in Definition/Descriptions of Depression  In the Psalms we discover a great variety of descriptions of depression.

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If you're not familiar with the recent tragedy involving Jake Evans, a 17-year old, homeschooled young man who shot his mom and younger sister, read/watch/listen to this:  http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/10/09/17-year-old-kills-his-mother-and-sister-calls-911-to-turn-himself-in/ Being involved in prison ministry, I frequently scan the headlines for the latest crimes and convictions.  I was working late one night when I read about Jake's crime and listened to his chilling confession for the

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Have you ever noticed how some things correlate? The amount of air pressure in your tires affects the smoothness of your ride and the gas mileage of your vehicle. The amount of sleep you get influences your memory and mood. The nutrition of your diet affects your susceptibility to certain diseases. Let’s examine another correlation – the level of honor in your sense of humor significantly influences the level of honor in your conflicts. While I am not a mechanic, sleep specialist, or nutritionist, I am a counselor and have seen this principle hold true quite frequently.

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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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