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Counseling a Fearful and Abused Wife

[embed]https://acbcdigitalresources.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/resources/Audio+Transcript+Files/Counseling+a+Fearful+and+Abused+Wife.mp3[/embed]   PDF Notes Today we will address counseling wives who are fearful in abusive situations. However, parts of this lecture can certainly be applied to a wife in any kind of fearful situation because the principles are the same. One of the primary responses to any kind of abuse is fear. And...

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With All Your Heart | A Book Review

In the fields of practical theology and biblical counseling, there are many books that have brought attention to the importance the heart plays in daily life; however, in his new book, With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ,  A. Craig Troxel provides a refreshing and...

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The Importance of Confession

 Today on Truth in Love, I want us to go in a direction that unfortunately may be a little uncomfortable—even for we who believe. I want us to talk about repentance and confession. In biblical counseling, this is a big deal. We talk about repentance. We talk about confession quite...

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Overcoming Irritability

What is it that irritates you to no end? Someone using all the hot water in the morning? The WiFi going out? Your favorite team blowing a late-game lead? Traffic? Screaming kids? The opportunities to grow irritable in a day seem endless. I am often surprised how little it takes to...

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Drawing Near to God

What comes to mind when you hear someone mention drawing near to God? Maybe a sense of shame settles in your heart as you reflect on your past attempts in this pursuit. You’ve heard that Bible reading and prayer are key, but after giving it an honest attempt, you still...

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When Panic Attacks

[embed]https://acbcdigitalresources.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/resources/Audio+Transcript+Files/When+Panic+Attacks_mixdown.mp3[/embed]   PDF Notes Four years ago, I could not have taught this breakout session. The 2013 ACBC Annual Conference fell between two trips to the emergency room. During both trips, I was sure I was having a heart attack. Without a doubt that's what I believed and that's what my wife believed. But...

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Survivor, Cruise Ships, and Quarantine

Last year, a friend’s daughter was on the television reality show, Survivor. For those of you who don’t know, Survivor places approximately 20 individuals from different backgrounds in an isolated setting where they must work together to make shelter, gather food, and to win various rewards, all while trying to...

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One Anothering in Quarantine

 This week on the podcast, we are going to talk specifically about our situation right now. We are in week 4 or 5—or maybe even 6 depending on where you live—of our stay-at-home orders, our quarantining, our social distancing. We've passed the threshold of the adrenaline, where something feels different,...

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The Pursuit of Peace

We live in a world that is marked by upheaval in every sector.  From never-ending unrest between political groups to volatile world economies and markets, to sudden and frightening acts of terror at home and abroad, average men and women seek some place of stability and security.  I often ask my counselees...

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