Counseling the Shattered Lives of Sexual Sin–3 Part Series

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By  Scott O’Malley In a 3 part series, Twelve Stones Ministries would like to address the people

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When Trying Harder Becomes Destructive

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Christian women who have gone to biblical counselors with marriage problems  are often encouraged to work on themselves and try harder to be more submissive, more caring, more attentive to their husband’s needs, more respectful, and less demanding. In many marriages this might be wise counsel.  When one person starts to try harder it often begets a reciprocal response in the other person. He begins to try harder too.  Amends are made and the relationship is repaired.  This is a good start and when the marriage stalls, someone needs to get some movement forward. Otherwise, if repairs are not made the marriage will soon deteriorate and become worse. However, in certain kinds of marriages it is not a good idea and can actually make the marriage worse.

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A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE GOSPEL IN ONE BIG SENTENCE

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One of the clearest and most comprehensive statements of John Witherspoon’s theology can be found in his Essay on Justification (1756) where he sets out to defend justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ and ends up giving this big, broad, glorious summary of the gospel:

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A New Way of Seeing

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It was a regular Sunday morning, my husband and I attended worship at our home church. Our senior pastor was on vacation so an associate pastor was preaching on Psalm 51, David’s prayer of repentance after Nathan the prophet confronted him with his sin against Bathsheba and her husband Uriah. My pastor described the backdrop of what led up to Nathan’s confrontation with King David.  He told about David’s adultery with Bathsheba

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The Gift Of Friendship And The Godliness Of Good Friends (PART 2)

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Question 1: Are You a Fake Friend? There is one defining characteristic of the phony friend in Proverbs: he uses people. The fake friend makes friends with people who can give him things. He establishes relationships solely for personal gain. In Proverbs this means money. “Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend” (19:4). “The poor is disliked by his neighbor, but

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What You Believe Matters

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What you believe about God changes everything. It affects how you love, work, live, marry, parent, evangelize, purchase, and worship. Is God an impersonal blob, distant and disinterested in the world except for figuring out who the good and bad people are? Is “god” a karma vibe making sure everyone gets what they deserve? Is God a myth that weak, stupid, or oppressive people use to console themselves or dominate other people? Is God a cosmic cheerleader who is concerned mainly with helping you achieve immediate happiness and self-actualization? Or is God someone else?

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