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The Implications of Misplaced Identity

Author: Category: Counseling, Identity/Roles

As muddled a topic as identity can be in the lives of people, I have found God’s Word to bring great clarity on the topic of identity, self-worth and value. The idea of identity is one of those nebulous concepts that can be hard to understand. Yet, in my pastoral and counseling ministries, I consistently...

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Five Reasons to Read the Bible in 2017

Author: Category: Blog, Identity/Roles, Ministry, The Gospel

Rather than a reading plan or duty-bound checklist, here are five reasons to read the Bible to grow in your identity, understanding and hope in 2017! I’m sure by now that you’ve received multiple emails, social media ads, or push notifications encouraging you to start a Bible reading plan for 2017. Since it’s only days...

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Public Debate: What are the Limits of Self-Identity? (Full Video)

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Identity/Roles, Non-Profit, The Gospel

As biblical counselors, we need to be able to address the important issue of self-identity in a sensitive, wise and biblical manner. In our previous post, we were reminded that the identity of the Christian is one of union with Jesus; therefore, whatever is true of Jesus becomes true of the believer. In Christ, the...

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Halloween, Reformation Day, and Self-Identity

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Identity/Roles, The Gospel

A Christian’s identity is no pseudo-identity, as is the case with Halloween costumes, but is the deepest identity by which the believer is known by God. Today, we usher in October 31st, 2016—a day our culture recognizes as Halloween. It is a day that finds traditions spanning from the innocence of watching Shultz’s Great Pumpkin...

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Reformation Sunday: Looking into the Mirror of Christ’s Grace

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Identity/Roles, Ministry, The Gospel

Looking into the mirror of Christ’s Grace on the anniversary of Reformation Day and Martin Luther’s biblically counseling posting of the 95 Theses. We are 499 years away from the anniversary of Martin Luther posting The 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. When we think of Luther and “Reformation Day” or “Reformation Sunday,” we often...

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Public Debate: What are the Limits of Self-Identity?

Author: Category: Blog, Counseling, Identity/Roles, The Gospel

Join ABC President Jeremy Lelek for an evening at Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth and a public debate on the topic—What are the Limits of Self-Identity? This evening, Sunday, October 23, I will be participating in a discussion unlike any other in which I have ever participated. Actually, it’s a bit more than a...

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Which Promises Are For Me?

Author: Category: Family, Identity/Roles, Ministry, The Gospel

Not many things are more comforting than a promise made and kept. And not many things are more hurtful than a promise broken. Knowing we worship a God who keeps his promises is a source of deep joy. But misapplied, this knowledge can also lead us to treasure-hunt Scripture for promises in problematic ways. How...

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How do we Help a Woman Become More Like Christ?

Author: Category: Identity/Roles

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 Until Christ is formed in you. Galatians 4:19 One of our main goals as Christian counselors is to help people have a passion for Christ and for him to be formed...

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Change

Author: Category: Identity/Roles, The Gospel

Are you a person committed to change? This time of year, we’re all thinking about change. We’re going to change our diet, go to the gym, and finally lose that unwanted weight. We’re going to change our spending, budget more tightly, and finally save up that extra cash. We’re going to change our schedule, make...

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Do you Wish You Could Do Something?

Author: Category: Identity/Roles

When I was in college I thought it might be nice to do some mission work, but since I hated bugs and loved my blow dryer I didn’t think I was a good candidate.  My church has always been mission minded and before it was popular, began offering short-term trips. In the mid 1990’s, during one of our church’s commissioning services I remember thinking, I wish I could do something like that!  

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