New Year’s Resolutions

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Well, it's that season once again. It's the fodder for blogs, newspaper articles, TV magazine shows and way too many Twitter posts. It's the time for the annual ritual of dramatic New Year's resolutions fueled by the hope of immediate and significant personal life change. But the reality is that few smokers actually quit because of a single moment of resolve, few obese people have become slim and healthy because of one dramatic moment of commitment, few people who were deeply in debt have changed their financial lifestyle because they resolved to do so as the old year gave way to the new, and few marriages have been changed by the means of one dramatic resolution.

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A Little Depressed or “Cast Down in Turmoil”?

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“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.” (Psalm 42:5, 11; Psalm 43:5) It’s very common to sometimes feel sad, lonely, and unhappy [especially during the emotion-riddled holidays]. Depression is a commonly used term in today’s culture. How do you know if you are depressed and need professional help?

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Being Still in Knowing God—Musings on Psalm 46

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Jenny opened the note left on her pillow by her husband. As she quickly opened it, her hands trembled. Their relationship had been strained of recent, frequent quarrels breaking out. The note revealed his intentions to leave her and their three children. He would be filing for divorce and had seized all their assets.

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Foolishness, Cause For A World of Hurt

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When I think about foolishness and all that the word entails, the three primary things that I think of are 1)lack of foresight, 2) a general disregard for consequences, and 3) an inordinate desire for what I want. The book of Proverbs reminds us of things like “a fool is reckless and careless” (14:16), “fools die for lack of sense” (10:21), and “the way of the fool is right in his own eyes” (12:15). While the consequences to our actions aren’t always death or physical pain, we know that foolishness causes a world of hurt.

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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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Relational Heresy

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It’s instructive that the Bible not only alerts us to watch out for doctrinal heresy, but also for relational heresy. The Bible commands us not only to be careful out there about people who are false teachers; we also must be careful out there about people who are false lovers—divisive, biting, devouring, overbearing, quarrelsome, and contentious people. Consider just a few of the times that the Bible warns us to be careful, to be on guard against, and to watch out for divisive people.

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You Have Limits, You Really Do! Pt.1

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If you’re to live productively in this broken-down world, it‘s absolutely critical that you humbly admit your limits as a human being and then live within them. The limits on our abilities are extensive and profound. For one thing, because you're a physical being, your life is limited by the laws of the physical universe. The ramifications of this are huge.  You can only be in one place at a time. You can only be in one time at a time. You can’t propel yourself back into the past or launch yourself into the future; your existence is permanently anchored in the here and now. 

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Open Rebuke and Faithful Wounds

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PERSON CENTERED THERAPY? Many theoretical approaches to counseling are strongly influenced by the works of Carl Rogers and his therapeutic model known as Person Centered Therapy (Rogers, 1989). His person-centered approach has had a profound influence on the fields of counseling and psychology both methodologically and ethically.  From his theory emerged the notion referred to as non-directional counseling in which the counselor is trained to make a conscientious choice not to direct the counselee, but instead reflects the counselee’s words back to him or her in hopes that the counselee will discover his or her own way towards self-actualization and healing. 

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Counseling the Shattered Lives of Sexual Sin – Part 3

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Helping your Child heal from sexual abuse The unimaginable has happened…  You have been very careful to watch your children; you know there are many dangers they face.  You were very careful with babysitter selections, you did not let your children play unattended, etc. and yet…  Your daughter has been sexually abused.

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The Role of Authority in Biblical Decision Making

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In my last blog, I put before you my take on how authority helps us to rightly apply the ideas of entitlement, enablement, and boundaries. In this blog, I will attempt to show the importance of viewing biblical decision making through the lens of authority

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