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How to Find Joy During Trials

When trials emerge, Christians often find refuge in James 1:2-4. How much more in this season should we mine its riches to make sure we know what God thinks of our trials? Let’s take a minute to look at this wonderful passage phrase-by-phrase and think through some applications for our...

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Who Can Stand Before Jealousy?

"Anger [rage, hostility, vexation] is cruel, and fury [violent anger, uncontrolled temper] [is] overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy?" Proverbs 27:4 Forms of Jealousy Being the victim of someone's jealousy can take many different forms. Have you ever been drawn into a jealousy debacle that you did not choose to be a...

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Overcome Evil With Good

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 During my training for ACBC certification, I had the privilege of being trained by Dr. Robert Smith, a founding father of the Biblical Counseling Movement. Having Dr. Smith (Doc as we all call him) in the room was incredibly...

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Using Jeremiah 17 in Counseling

Jeremiah 17 is a hallmark passage for biblical counseling. The reason we often teach this passage is because it highlights what is fundamentally wrong with our hearts: we were made to trust God, but we all choose to trust in our own flesh instead. The text beautifully depicts the outworking of this harmful choice, but also gives a...

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Helping the Discouraged

[embed]https://acbcdigitalresources.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/resources/Audio+Transcript+Files/Helping+the+Discouraged.mp3[/embed]   A good place to begin when we think about helping the discouraged would be answering the question, "What is discouragement?" Let me try to address that from three different definitions. What is discouragement? The word means to deprive of confidence or hope or spirit. It means to disheartened or to daunt....

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Thinking Wisely About Technology

Truth In Love · TIL 265: Thinking Wisely About Technology (feat. John Lehman) Dale Johnson: This week on the podcast we have with us John Lehman, who's a Pastor of Member Care and Missions at Hampton Park Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He also serves not only his church there...

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You Can Please God

Often in counseling, when asked specifically about how a counselee pleased God in a given week, he or she will say something like, “Well, I read my Bible every day, but I’m sure I just did it to be smart and impress my friends.” Or, “I shared the gospel with...

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Intervening in Crisis Marriages

During this global pandemic, one of the obvious results has been an increase in divorce. Relationships that were already weak are having a hard time sustaining the extra pressure. What can a church do when it becomes obvious a marriage is in crisis? Over the last few years, I have faced...

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