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Gracious Words Amid Sword Thrusts

We’ve probably all heard the phrase, “sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me!” While there is a healthy bit of defiance in this statement, we know deep down that this is simply not true. In fact, the writer of Proverbs would strongly disagree with...

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Am I Helping or Enabling?

Now we exhort you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 The Presentation For just a moment, I was stumped.  My counselee told me about how draining it was for her to have to restrict her routine in order to be available by...

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Blame it on the Brain | A Book Review

Have you ever wondered how to think through chemical imbalances with a biblical worldview? Have you longed to understand why your alcoholic uncle never became fully sober? Have you struggled to guide your child who was diagnosed with ADD? Have you believed Scripture is sufficient, but doubted its influence on the “big issues” of life? Blame it on the Brain, written by Edward T. Welch, answers these questions. Blame it...

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What is Sin?

The term “sin” is very general and means different things to different people. That can make it hard for counselors and counselees to be sure they are communicating accurately when they use the term.  I had a seminary professor who tried to illustrate for his students in England the fact that...

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When Life Seems Too Hard

Though we talked on the phone, it was not hard to picture her face. Previously, she had sat in my office with puffy red eyes—tears streaking her cheeks. The struggles she had victoriously worked through, rose before her again. Her husband, a worker in the medical industry, had been exposed...

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What Does Love Cover?

[embed]https://acbcdigitalresources.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/resources/Audio+Transcript+Files/What+Does+Love+Cover.mp3[/embed] PDF Notes There's a lot of division on the issues of covering sin and forgiveness. I think I have seven books on my shelf on forgiveness, and they all land differently on this issue: What does it mean to cover sin? Here I'll attempt to introduce you to the issues at play...

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Defeating Despair

We’ve been cooped up now for several weeks and many of you haven’t had any real significant social contact in all that time. Some of you are not only cooped up, but laid off. Perhaps you have applied for unemployment benefits because your company has essentially shut down. Others of...

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