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Helping Those Who Grieve

When someone we love dies suddenly, the pain is real, deep, and everything we believe can be called into question. In 2016, I received the terminal cancer diagnosis of my husband and the father of our three teenagers. This surprising and painful diagnosis caused deep agony in our souls as...

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Counseling Couples Preparing for Marriage

[embed]https://acbcdigitalresources.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/resources/Audio+Transcript+Files/Preparing+for+Marriage.mp3[/embed]   There are lot of different ways churches are handling pre-marriage counseling today. Some churches do nothing. Some churches have a class that couples take, some give couples the assignment of going and talking to a few older couples who have been-there-done-that and offer a few words of counsel, and then...

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Stay the Course

A Lesson from Sailing  About 20 years ago, my family attended a summer camp where my husband, John, was the speaker. At one point in the week, we had a sailing lesson. When it was my turn to take the tiller, the instructor told me to just keep the sailboat heading between two islands in the distance. They...

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Biological Psychiatry

Dale Johnson: May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and we are dedicating our Truth and Love podcast to talking about issues that are very prevalent in our culture. In fact during this time of pandemic the terminology of mental health is actually increasing. One of the signs we've seen that mental...

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The Goal of Counseling is the Goal of Life

In my ACBC biblical counseling certification process, my supervisor taught me to always remind counselees that the goal of counseling is not a restored relationship, a fulfilling marriage, or a victorious life over anxiety, depression, and/or anger. Those are all good goals, indeed very good goals, but not the central goal. The goal of counseling is for the counselee...

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Addressing Sinful Anger

[embed]https://acbcdigitalresources.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/resources/Audio+Transcript+Files/Help+for+Sinful+Anger.mp3[/embed]   PDF Notes In biblical counseling, we're usually eager to jump in and define a problem biblically. We need to do that, we need to give careful attention to it. But anger is one of those particular topics where sometimes our focus becomes just on the outward problem. We want to focus...

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Quarantine Exposes Our Need for Grace

“The internet stopped working again. Whose fault was it this time? How am I supposed to get work done when everyone keeps unplugging my internet?” These were the thoughts going through my mind as I was working in my new makeshift basement office. It was already frustrating that I had...

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The Bible of Psychiatry

Truth In Love · TIL 257: The Bible of Psychiatry Dale Johnson: This week I am joined by Dr. Sam Stephens. He is our Director of Training Center Certification. We are now in the month of May, which is known around the world as Mental Health Month or Mental Health Awareness...

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