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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-18. Temptation 1 {Transcript}

This session looks at David’s catastrophic sin of adultery in 2 Sam 11:1-5. This passage shows that the Bible is honest about its heroes and serves as a warning to us against sin and presumption. How does David’s sin point us to Christ? What are some practical ways to guard ourselves from temptation?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-16. Worry/Anxiety {Transcript}

Worry is a problem of the mind and can become life dominating. Worry, stress, and fear are closely related and often dealt with sinfully. How can we help counselees think about their lives in light of biblical truth? How might someone misunderstand or abuse God’s promises to care for them?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-13. Grace When Things Are Hard {Transcript}

Trials are the ordinary experience of believers living in a fallen world. Believers in the Bible suffered great trials and we will continue to endure significant trials. Why do Christians tend to be so surprised by trials when the Bible speaks so often about them? How does God work in our trials and use them to mature us?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-12. Peacemaking 3 {Transcript}

This session completes the Peacemaking series of the curriculum. It lays out important things to consider before attempting to confront someone’s sin and describes the peacemaking process. Church discipline is also explored along with how church structure and membership is related to peacemaking.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-10. Peacemaking 1 {Transcript}

Biblical peacemaking is founded on the gospel. Christ came to make peace between God and man. All conflict is the result of sin. Conflict is very dangerous but brings great opportunity: to glorify God, to be more like Christ, to serve others, and to bear witness to a watching world.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-08. How Do People Change? 2 {Transcript}

We and our counselees are responsible to exert effort towards change. Immediately after telling us to consider our identity in Christ, Paul exhorts us to take action against the lusts of the flesh. What is the proper use of biblical indicatives and imperatives? What should our motive be for obedience?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Communication Guidelines

13 guidelines, provided by Timothy Keller, for godly communication, backed up by their scriptural basis, reminding of the various areas that can be worked on for improvement.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-07. How Do People Change? 1 {Transcript}

Counseling is about helping people to change. The change biblical counselors seek is unique and unbiblical approaches to change will impede spiritual growth. This session explores how change begins by understanding and applying the Gospel. Understanding our union with Christ is the key to growth in holiness.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-17. Fear {Transcript}

The Bible says we are to fear God. Fear can also be an appropriate response to real potential dangers. Fear becomes sinful when we fear men more than God and we fail to trust God. What are some proper and healthy manifestations of fear? What are indications that fear has become sinful?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

CDC1-15. Depression {Transcript}

What is depression and how are we to understand it? Many secular psychologists see mankind as merely physical and therefore tend to see depression as a physical problem with a chemical solution. Christians recognize the dual nature of mankind – body and soul. What are some important things for biblical counselors to keep in mind when handling cases of depression?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

The Importance Of The Local Church

Your counseling and counselees will be enriched by being centered in a local church. This workshop shows how involvement of the local church is a crucial aspect of biblical counseling because the tasks of counseling and discipleship are given by God to the local church.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

A Biblical View Of Personality

Every counseling system seeks to answer basic questions about man’s purpose and personality. This session will seek to give biblical answers to three  fundamental questions: Who is man? What is wrong with Man? How do you fix man?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Living In Freedom Amidst Broken Relationships

God is in the reconciliation business therefore we must also be. The consequences of failure to reconcile are severe but the results of true reconciliation bring peace and joy. This workshop teaches the road to reconciliation through humble confrontation and forgiveness.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Talking to Teenagers About Sex

It is uncomfortable but it needs to be said, the Bible talks a lot about sex, and so should the church. This session gives some helpful guidelines for how to talk with teenagers about sex and sexuality in the context of the church. 

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Sexual Identity and the Bible

We live in a world that is confused and confusing on the issue of sexual identity. The truth is we really don’t know our true identity until we know Christ. This session discusses the need for, the components and the goodness of a biblical understanding of sexual identity

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Longing to Be Noticed

Longing to be noticed is really about your heart. Immodesty and sensuality are manifestations of sinful inner thoughts and desires. This workshop discusses how we should long to please God and be modest and discrete, and ends with practical tips on how.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Longing for Relationships

We have all been created within the context of relationship: relationships with one another and relationship with God. But sin entered our world, damaging and even breaking relationships. The goal of this workshop is putting our relationships back into proper perspective.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Homosexuality: Caring for Family and Friends

Family and friends of a homosexual loved-one need biblical answers for how to think about and respond to this trial. This session showcases the centrality of the gospel and the sufficiency of Scripture to provide compassionate and uncompromising counsel. 

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Longing for an Identity

From the moment Eve chose to go her own way, women have sought out a myriad of identities, continuing to weave fig leaf cover-ups that fail to satisfy. Where can women find a lasting identity that will satisfy the deep need for relationship with a loving, welcoming Father?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Women & the Word

Christian women know they should read their Bibles, but desire is often weak and the knowledge of how to begin is lacking. This workshop will encourage you to delve into the Scriptures through Bible reading, memorization, and suggested study methods.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Waiting: The Song of Songs on Singleness

The challenges that singles face today are not radically different from those that faced young people in the ancient world. This session discusses the counsel to the daughters of Jerusalem in the Song of Songs and how that applies today to singles who desire to wait well.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Gender Blending and Confusion

There are many religious and social elements behind the current culture’s confusion about gender. This workshop gives a biblical view of gender and lays out the way out of this morass for individuals, families, churches and the culture. Implications for counseling are emphasized.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Keys to Evangelism in a Sexualized Culture

How can we do evangelism in the context of counseling those who have suffered sexually? Counselors are needed to engage in these situations but they present dangerous pitfalls. This session discusses how true godliness is the key to avoiding the trap of sexualized relationships.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Friendship on Fire: The Song of Songs on Marriage

What is love and what does love have to do with marriage? Just as no one has the power to bless and encourage you like your spouse, no one else can provoke and hurt you deeply like they can. This session explores the concepts of love and marriage as described in Song of Songs.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Male Leadership in a Genderless World

A real Adam, a real Eve and a real garden give the paradigm for godly male leadership. This workshop goes back to the beginning to point you to a Christ-like manhood, teach leadership without oppression and discuss implications for counseling.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

A Battle Plan for Fighting Pornography

Many believers are losing the battle to pornography because they aren’t fighting with a biblical plan.  This workshop outlines a clear strategy for battling pornography with the sufficient resources found in the Person of Christ and the Word of God.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Lies That Fuel Disordered Sexual Desires

Behind sexual sins and temptations are often subtle but distorted views of ourselves, the nature of sex, and the character of God. This workshop examines some of these lies and shows how the gospel breaks through them to reveal that the truth is better than we may think.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Confessing our Way to Joy

The truest measure of a Christian and a Christian’s character is not determined by whether or not they fall but by what they do after they fall. This session explains how real confession, both to God and others, is the pathway back to joy for believers who have fallen into sin.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

How Grace Empowers Us to Overcome Sexual Idolatry

Disordered sexual desires are ultimately a problem of worship. We seek ultimate satisfaction from earthly things, which become our idols. This session shows how the gospel forgives our idolatries and adulteries and transforms us into worshipers whose greatest delight is in God.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Head, Heart, Hands, & Home

It is the job of pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Individual mentoring and discipleship are key. This session discusses how to address the head, heart, hands and home of newer believers as you disciple them to Christian maturity.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

The Strategic Nature Of Family Worship

What’s so important about family worship? What does it involve and how can you structure it for the needs of your own family? This workshop shows how family worship is a strategic method to fulfill God’s command to instruct your children in the knowledge of Him.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Counseling And The Courts

You, your counseling center and your counselees will face tribulation. As cultural animosity towards Christians increases this could come in the form of legal issues. This workshop gives an overview of legal considerations pertinent to biblical counselors and counseling centers.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Your Written Word

Think you want to be a writer? Want to know more about the publishing process? Author Elyse Fitzpatrick shares insights gained from her own writing process and encourages would-be-authors to remember the primary purpose of their message is to give grace to those who hear.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Language That Transforms

Are you or your counselee stuck in frustrating and sinful communication patterns? How can you honor God in your communication? This workshop teaches the Communication Skills Wheel as a method for accurate and purposeful communication that builds up both individuals. 

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Coming Out Of Homosexuality part 1

Perhaps more than ever before Christians need both clarity and compassion as they seek to help those struggling with homosexuality. Part 1 of this two-part workshop examines modern day issues surrounding the homosexuality debate and discusses and critiques unbiblical answers.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Coming Out Of Homosexuality part 2

Perhaps more than ever before Christians need both clarity and compassion as they seek to help those struggling with homosexuality. Part 2 of this two-part workshop discusses the cause of homosexuality and gives wisdom for counseling strugglers and their families.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Drawing Out Idols Of The Heart

There will be a life-long battle over faith in Jesus versus faith in idols. An important aspect of biblical counseling is to help counselees identify and engage in the battle that is raging in their own heart. This session teaches how to draw out and address idols of the heart.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Am I My Sisters Keeper?

The Good Shepherd keeps His sheep. What is our role in keeping  our sisters? This workshop shows how our care for one another flows out of His care for us. It begins with our own transparency and humility as we confess our sins and allow our sisters to help keep us.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Anger Mismanagement

Anger is a problem both in the world and in the church. It is both deceptive and dangerous because for the angry person all anger feels righteous. This session explores the nature of righteous versus unrighteous anger and discusses the gospel truths that address the angry heart.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Counseling In Weakness

Can God use you to help other women? What if you don’t know what to say, have your own problems or are afraid? This workshop show’s how God’s calling to serve Him by serving others applies to ordinary Christian women who are willing to be used by Him.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Gluttony Diet Fitness And Body Idolatry

Food  and fitness idolatry are big issues in our culture. How can those stuck in sinful patterns change? This session discusses the unique change that is sought by Christians as they make it their aim not to please or impress people but to glorify God in their body.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Lifting The Veil

Discovering and dealing with a spouse’s same-sex attraction can bring much grief and emotional devastation. But there is grace for the journey. This session discusses typical relational indicators when a spouse is hiding same-sex attraction and what to do when it comes to light.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Christ’s Word To Worriers

Biblically “worry” or “anxiety” means to be drawn in different directions, to be distracted; to have anxious or distracting care. This session will help you to give gospel centered counseling to worriers by rooting the gospel obligations of Scripture in the gospel declarations.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

OCD: The Far Side of Fear

Learning to treasure the Lord brings peace to burdened minds. This session gives a biblical perspective on counseling those with OCD and concludes with concrete examples of steps to take worrisome thoughts captive with Scriptural truths.

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Getting To The Heart 1

Why should I be concerned about idols of the heart? Because the Bible is! This first of a two part series examines the concept of idolatry, explains how even good things can become idols and shows the devastating spiritual ramifications of harboring idols of the heart.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Getting To The Heart 2

Idolatry is misplaced worship and it can happen to anyone. It is not so much wanting the wrong thing, but even wanting good things too much. This second of a two part series will give you clues and diagnostic questions to help you track down idols of your own heart.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Counseling Sexual Abuse Survivors

God can make you equal to the task of helping sexual abuse survivors. This session will cover various key aspects of counseling those who have been sexually abused and encourage you to trust God for wisdom, and look to Him for the strength to help these needy people.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Counseling Rape Survivors

Those who have been through sexual assault need understanding and help. This session will give an overview of the typical phases that can be expected after a sexual assault as well as address many common beliefs that survivors struggle with and how to help and comfort them.

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Abiding In Christ

How do we abide in Christ? What does it look like? How does it relate to maintaining a passion for him? This session examines what it means in John 15:1-11 when Jesus says that He is the vine and we are the branches.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Help for Hoarders

The light of God’s face must illuminate the darkness of the hoarding heart and house. This session will teach you how to address the reality of hoarding and its problems with confidence in God, His word and His body.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Dealing With Suicide: Prevention And Intervention

The word ‘suicide’ is a dreadful expression. People wince at the sound of it and avoid using it to describe the tragic death it implies. This session takes a needed look at what suicide is and how to respond to it, as well as keys to prevention and intervention.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

What To Say When The World Caves In

How should you counsel the suffering? This workshop draws lessons from the book of Job, what his friends teach us about mistakes we can make in counseling and how we can avoid those mistakes as we seek to help those whose world has caved in.

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A Passion For Christ…and for His Church

In today’s cultural and theological climate it is necessary to emphasize that passion for Christ cannot exist apart from passion for the church. This session examines how to foster love for the church and explains how communion of the saints is important to biblical counseling.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Dealing with Suicide

The word ‘suicide’ is a dreadful expression. People wince at the sound of it and avoid using it to describe the tragic death it implies. This session takes a needed look at what suicide is and how to respond to it, as well as keys to prevention and intervention.

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How to Comfort the Dying

The living know they must die, but why must they die? What do people facing death fear? This session takes a comprehensive look at what the Scriptures have to say about death and discusses how to offer comfort to those for whom death is imminent.

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When is it Sinful to Keep the Peace?

Peace is something to be worked for and towards but there are a number of scenarios where this is impossible or even sinful. This session unpacks five major areas where people may be inclined to “keep the peace” when they should speak out.

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Joseph The Peacemaker

Joseph’s treatment of his brothers in Genesis 45 provides an excellent model of biblical peacemaking and reconciliation. This session looks at what we can learn from Joseph’s example to help us in our own efforts toward peacemaking.

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Practical Mediation Skills

Biblical mediation skills can be applied in every life setting to help others resolve conflict. This session takes a detailed look at the primary and secondary roles of a reconciler and foundational skills needed for building a peacemaking team.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Redemptive Church Discipline

Mutual accountability and discipline are God’s gifts and blessing to the church. This session explains the process of church discipline and discusses how to build a culture that values, understands and allows for this kind of accountability.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

A Biblical Theology Of Peacemaking

How can you prepare people to live out the gospel in the conflicts of daily life? In these three sessions Ken Sande develops a vision for building a culture of peace in the local church. This is part 2.

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Peacemaking For Families

The family is a hotbed for conflict. It is also the primary arena in which we can learn and practice peacemaking. This session focuses on making your marriage one of the safest places in the world and making peace with children.

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Nouthetic Gentleness

Biblical counselors face different situations that call for balanced skillful finesse. Paul gives clear instruction on gentleness to all “men of God.” This session discusses the mandate in Scripture to counsel and correct with gentleness.

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Sexual Purity In Men 1

There is a desperate need for men to live and think biblically when it comes to their sexuality. This two-part session discusses a biblical view of sexual purity for men including God’s view of sexuality, God’s view of sexual perversity and God’s view of sexual purity.

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Sexual Purity In Men 2

There is a desperate need for men to live and think biblically when it comes to their sexuality. This two-part session discusses a biblical view of sexual purity for men including God’s view of sexuality, God’s view of sexual perversity and God’s view of sexual purity.

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Counseling as a Team

Have you considered counseling as a team? This session discusses the benefits of counseling with a spouse or team member and shows how it glorifies God and can be advantageous both for the counselors and the counselees.

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Not In The Mood Sexual Problems In Marriage

God intends for husbands and wives to be united in intimacy but some women struggle greatly in this area. This workshop discusses sex in marriage as an adventure of devotion, delight and dependence on the Lord for grace, generosity and desire to find joy in pleasing your spouse.

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Counseling from Job 1

The book of Job is a powerful story of human suffering within the context of both demonic and divine interventions. It should be given serious attention as we seek to help Christians persevere under suffering. Part 1 focuses on the words and actions of Job and his 3 friends.

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Counseling from Job 2

The book of Job is a powerful story of human suffering within the context of both demonic and divine interventions. It should be given serious attention as we seek to help Christians persevere under suffering. Part 2 focuses on the words and actions of Elihu and the Lord.

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Gospel-Centered Parenting

What makes Christian parenting Christian? We all want to parent well and long for our children to love God as we do. This workshop discusses the need for the gospel to inform all that we do with our children in both principle and practice.

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Legal Issues in Counseling

The First Amendment provides important protection to biblical counselors who live in a culture where lawsuits are legion. This workshop covers general legal principles for those who are seeking to honor God by faithfully counseling from the Scriptures.

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When Hope Hurts

How is it that hope can hurt? This session presents a picture of biblical hope, explains why this hope can actually cause pain to a counselee and discusses what to do when we find that hope is hurting.

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Counseling Angry People

How can you help people whose anger is out of control? This session will focus on helping people distinguish between sinful and righteous anger and teaching them how to think and exercise self-control during times of provocation.

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Counseling Manipulators

What is manipulation and how can we help those who manipulate others? This session will teach you how to help manipulators identify their sinful patterns, evaluate their thoughts and motives biblically and begin to develop the mindset of a servant.

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Counseling Parents Who Provoke

The Bible instructs parents not to provoke their children to anger, but many parents violate this instruction without realizing it. This session explains common ways that parents provoke their children to anger and gives a suggested counseling agenda for these situations.

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Counseling People Pleasers

Some people are addicted to the approval of others. This session will give criteria to help diagnose the spiritual disorder of man pleasing and teach you how to help counselees dethrone the idol of approval.

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Helping People through Romantic Breakups

The intense emotions following a romantic breakup can bring temptation to sin. This workshop discusses many of the common emotions provoked by the ending of a relationship and seeks to identify the heart issues and sinful patterns associated with them.

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Counseling the Hurting from 1 Peter

Suffering is a part of a sovereign saving God’s plan. This session gives an overview of suffering from God’s perspective as outlined in the book of 1 Peter. It also unpacks specific texts to use in counseling those who are facing and suffering injustice.

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Ask the Counselor

Do you have unanswered questions about tough issues in counseling? In this workshop ACBC fellow George Scipione holds a Q&A for any questions people may have related to biblical counseling.

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Counseling the Terminally Ill

How can you help a terminally ill person face death with hope in Christ? This workshop discusses the need to speak the truth in love to the terminally ill for the purpose of building them up at the very time that their body or mind is wasting away.

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Evangelism and Counseling

Crisis can be an opportunity for evangelism and discipleship. But how do we get from the presenting problem to the gospel? This session seeks to help biblical counselors work towards lasting change in their counselees by applying the whole gospel to the whole man.

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Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Do biblical principles “work” with children on the autism spectrum? This workshop discusses special challenges that children on the autism spectrum face, gives instruction for patiently applying biblical principles and builds hope that God is at work in every circumstance.

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Bipolar: Feeling Better than Good

Can we minister effectively to people diagnosed with bipolar disorder and their families? This session encourages biblical counselors that they don’t have to know everything about bipolar disorder to be able to help their counselees grow in sanctification.

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Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave 1

Addictions are a worship disorder. Will we worship our own desires or will we worship the true God? This two-part seminar, based on Welch’s book, discusses the spiritual nature of addictions and the hope that is found in the power of the gospel.

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Addictions A Banquet in the Grave 2

Addictions are a worship disorder. Will we worship our own desires or will we worship the true God? This two-part seminar, based on Welch’s book, discusses the spiritual nature of addictions and the hope that can be found in the power of the gospel.

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Beautiful Words for Fearful People

Worry, anxiety and fear plague all of us at one time or another. On this side of the Fall fear seems to be etched into our nature. Yet God gives over 300 commands not to be afraid. This session examines the beautiful Words of Scripture that can bring peace to fearful people.

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The Role of Justification in Counseling

What flame can ignite motivation, what fuel can sustain hope that overpowers the pain of change? This session examines the powerful role of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone as the impetus for radical life change.

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Parenting is More than a Formula 2

Parents are looking for a formula that guarantees their kids will turn out right. Is there anything that can ensure successful parenting? This two-part series examines pros and cons of common parenting formulas and emphasizes the need of God’s grace for both parents and children.

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Parenting is More than a Formula 1

Parents are looking for a formula that guarantees their kids will turn out right. Is there anything that can ensure successful parenting? This two-part series examines pros and cons of common parenting formulas and emphasizes the need of God’s grace for both parents and children

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Dealing with Rebellion

How can parents prevent their kids from getting out of control? What should they do if their children rebel? What about children that are incorrigible? This session unpacks principles from Scripture to answer these questions.

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Blame it on the Brain

Is it ever legitimate to blame misbehavior on the brain? The Bible teaches that we are embodied souls with hearts that can be sinful or obedient and bodies that can be strong or weak. This session seeks to distinguish genuine brain disorders from problems rooted in the heart.

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When People are Big and God is Small

Peer pressure, co-dependency, the fear of man: how can someone escape being overly concerned about what others think? This session shows how knowing the holiness of God and learning to fear Him is the only cure for the situations when people seem big and God seems small.

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Blessed with a “Different” Child

Have you been blessed with a “different” child? In this session Dr. Laura Hendrickson shares her own experiences as a mother of a “different” child, discusses typical challenges and temptations and reminds us of the sufficient grace God gives in situations of weakness.

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Attitudes of a Transformed Heart 1

The attitudes and actions of a transformed heart flow out of a life transformed by the Holy Spirit. This 3-part series covers what to teach your counselees regarding loving God and others, discusses biblical principles and provides practical application.

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Attitudes of a Transformed Heart 2

The attitudes and actions of a transformed heart flow out of a life transformed by the Holy Spirit. This 3-part series covers what to teach your counselees regarding loving God and others, discusses biblical principles and provides practical application.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Biblical Forgiveness 2

What is a biblical understanding of forgiveness and how do I apply those concepts to my situation? This three part series clears up common misconceptions about forgiveness and stresses the importance of understanding and practicing a true biblical forgiveness. 

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Biblical Forgiveness 3

What is a biblical understanding of forgiveness and how do I apply those concepts to my situation? This three part series clears up common misconceptions about forgiveness and stresses the importance of understanding and practicing a true biblical forgiveness. 

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Counseling Blended Families 1

Dealing with blended family conflicts in counseling requires real biblical wisdom and discernment.  This two-part series discusses typical problems faced by step-families and gives hope and help for all parties involved.

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Counseling Blended Families 2

Dealing with blended family conflicts in counseling requires real biblical wisdom and discernment.  This two-part series discusses typical problems faced by step-families and gives hope and help for all parties involved

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Biblical Forgiveness 1

What is a biblical understanding of forgiveness and how do I apply those concepts to my situation? This three part series clears up common misconceptions about forgiveness and stresses the importance of understanding and practicing a true biblical forgiveness. 

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Rachel’s Gods 1

What do you love, worship and serve? God commands you to have no other gods before Him. How can you be motivated to single-hearted worship of the true God? This is part 1 of a four-part series on women, idolatry and the power of the cross. 

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Rachel’s Gods 2

Women may be tempted toward idolatry in ways that are specific to their calling. What do you think you have to have in order for your life to be worth living? Are you willing to sin to get it? This is part 2 of a four-part series on women, idolatry and the power of the cross.  

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Give Them Grace 3

Do you believe that your children’s salvation is not all up to you? Parents can rest in the fact that God can use their successes, failures and sins to draw their children to himself. This is part 3 of a four-part series based on Elyse and Jessica’s book Give them Grace. 

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Give Them Grace 4

How would giving your children grace change the way you parent? Do see your own need for grace? Is there room in your parenting paradigm for weakness and failure? This is part 4 of a four-part series based on Elyse and Jessica’s book Give them Grace. 

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Attitudes of a Transformed Heart 3

The attitudes and actions of a transformed heart flow out of a life transformed by the Holy Spirit. This 3-part series covers what to teach your counselees regarding loving God and others, discusses biblical principles and provides practical application.

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Give Them Grace 1

The gospel is good news for us as parents and for our children! How do the truths of the gospel inform your parenting? How often do you remember them and share them with your children? This is part 1 of a four-part series based on Elyse and Jessica’s book Give them Grace. 

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Give Them Grace 2

What is the purpose of giving children rules? Is it to make them good? Is the goal of Christian parenting to produce obedient children or is there something more? This is part 2 of a four-part series based on Elyse and Jessica’s book Give them Grace. 

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Rachel’s Gods 3

What should you do when you see your idolatry and sin? You need to look to your Savior! He has given you all you need to be approved of and fruitful. This is part 3 of a four-part series on women, idolatry and the power of the cross.

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Counsel from the Cross 2

Our enemy wants us to focus on ourselves, our sins, idols and desires. God lavishes his love upon us, for only a stronger love can wean our hearts from idols and make us truly obedient. This is part 2 of a three part series based on Elyse’s book Counsel from the Cross.

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Counsel from the Cross 3

What is gospel-centered counseling? Biblical counselors need to use the law and gospel in counseling in a balanced way, giving gospel obligations in the context of gospel declarations. This is part 4 of a three part series based on Elyse’s book Counsel from the Cross.

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Depression and Anxiety

Emotional pain can be an opportunity when it calls attention to the fact that something is amiss with our hearts. This session explores several diagnostic questions to help determine the root cause of depression and anxiety and point us toward repentance and faith.

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Rachel’s Gods 4

There will come a day when everything you ever desired will be fulfilled in Christ. In the meantime you have to struggle against idolatry. How does the gospel transform this struggle? This is part 4 of a four-part series on women, idolatry and the power of the cross.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Counsel from the Cross 1

Do you see the glory of your Savior or are you focused on your failures and sins? How can you learn to focus on your Savior? When you see Christ you will be made like him! This is part 1 of a three part series based on Elyse’s book Counsel from the Cross.

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Because He Loves Me 3

Do you grasp the significance of your great inheritance in Christ? How do you see yourself in His family? Do you live like you are his dearly beloved child? This is part 3 of a four-part series based on Elyse’s book Because He Loves Me.

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Because He Loves Me 4

When reading Scripture we should look for both gospel declarations and gospel obligations. These will help inform our faith and motivate us to fight against sin and serve Him. This is part 4 of a four-part series based on Elyse’s book Because He Loves Me.

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Mood Swings and How People Change

Hormones from things like PMS, Pregnancy and Menopause can leave women feeling like they are on a mood-swing merry-go-round. This session discusses how women can learn to manage their emotions during these challenging times in a way that honors God.

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Because He Loves Me 1

Would you say that you are thrilled by God’s love for you? Are you still amazed by grace? A serious consideration of God’s love for you in Christ will radically transform your daily life. This is part 1 of a four-part series based on Elyse’s book Because He Loves Me.

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Because He Loves Me 2

Do you long to grow in grace? Your perspective of who you are in Christ is a determinative factor in how you grow in Christ. You need to understand your true identity! This is part 2 of a four-part series based on Elyse’s book Because He Loves Me.

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Singleness, Dating, and Courtship

What is the best approach to finding a marriage partner? What is the nature and purpose of courtship? What if I am single and lonely? This session answers many questions for those who are considering marriage or want to know how to prepare for marriage in the future.

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Paying attention to ADHD

Is ADHD a disease or an important difference? This session defines ADHD, explores various contributing factors and offers hope and help from the Scriptures for families struggling with raising a hyperactive child.

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Thinking Biblically about OCD

How do we counsel individuals with OCD? What role does a disordered brain have in this process? How does knowing about pathology help the struggler? This session explores questions about OCD through the lens of Scripture.

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When Sinners Say ‘I Do’: Sin

Sometime after saying I do, most people begin to realize they have married a sinner. This session will discuss how an honest examination of our own sin will help us to come alongside our spouse as a fellow sinner rather than stand over them as judge.

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When Sinners Say ‘I Do’: Mercy

Sometime after saying I do, most people begin to realize they have married a sinner. This session will discuss how meditation on God’s rich mercy towards us when we were dead in our transgressions and sins will empower us to extend mercy to a sinful spouse.

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The Quest for Contentment

How do you respond when you face incomplete goals or unfulfilled dreams in your life? How can you say with Paul that you have “learned in whatever situation … to be content?” This session will teach us to pursue contentment through Christ who strengthens us. 

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Parenting in Weakness

Few things in life display our own shortcomings and weaknesses as much as the endeavor of parenting. This session will discuss how these weaknesses point up our own need for the gospel and drive us to dependence on God as we parent our children.

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Avoiding Legalism in Counseling part 1

Legalism is an ever present danger in Christ’s church and in counseling in particular. This two-part session will help us to understand it so that we will be able to detect, avoid and counter it whenever we see it in ourselves and our associates.

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Avoiding Legalism in Counseling 2

Legalism is an ever present danger in Christ’s church and in counseling in particular. This two-part session will help us to understand it so that we will be able to detect, avoid and counter it whenever we see it in ourselves and our associates.

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Seeing Your Justification Clearly

When we have a distorted view of reality, we suffer as a result. This session will unpack five truths that will help you develop a proper view of your reality in Christ as it is described in the doctrine of justification by faith.

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A Family Surprised by Grace

The amazing grace of God as expressed through the good news of the gospel has a profound impact on all of life. This session is one man’s testimony of the impact of God’s surprising grace on his family and his church.

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Amazing Grace for Dads who Fall Short

Many christian men feel overwhelmed by failure in their role as a father.  This session will seek to encourage dads with the grace God has for them and help them get a vision of the amazing opportunity they have to teach their children about His grace.

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Extending God’s Grace Through Hospitality

“Hospitality fleshes out love in a uniquely personal and sacrificial way.” This session will explore the command to all believers to show hospitality, examine several examples from the Scriptures and discuss how it opens up opportunities to share the gospel.

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CDC2-36. Knowing God’s Will

God’s revelation in Scripture is complete. While every believer is called to seek God’s revealed moral will, some go beyond this and claim that God speaks to them. How does God guide us today? How are we to understand his will for our lives?

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CDC2-35. You Never Stop Being a Parent: Parenting Your Adult Children

The goal of parenting is to make your children ready to live wisely on their own. Parents must recognize that their relationship with their adult child is very different from what it was when the child was small. One of the biggest mistakes made by Christian parents is to treat young adults as if they were still small children. How can parents foster healthy relationships with their adult children and pursue peace?

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CDC Legacy 2-35. But My Child Is Different!

There are clearly special needs people in the Bible. Having a different child sometimes doesn’t feel like a blessing but God is sovereign over these difficult situations. In these cases, parents are often tempted to make excuses or be overprotecting, but they need to love the way Jesus loves. God chooses the weak, foolish, and despised and his grace is sufficient for us.

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CDC2-33. Parenting is More Than a Formula 2

Those advocating formulas often assume a form of “parental determinism” – the (unbiblical) belief that how well you follow their formula determines how your kids turn out. Parents who depend on these can tend toward pharisaical pride, as if we can save our kids by our good works. Parenting is not about following an extra-biblical man-made formula; it is about the gospel.

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CDC2-32. Parenting is More Than a Formula 1

Parents often look for a formula which will guarantee that their kids will turn out right. Many “Christian” approaches to parenting are legalistic. It is very important to distinguish between what Scripture commands versus one of many possible ways to fulfill our responsibilities to God. Some make their particular methodology “law”, while failing to acknowledge that other approaches are equally valid ways to fulfill biblical commands.

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CDC Legacy 2-30. The Medicine Only Approach to Counseling

This session explores contrasting views of human nature (biblical vs. materialist) and explores a theology of pain and emotion. Medicine may be needed to control a few serious brain conditions, solve a crisis situation, or help a “stuck” counselee begin to move forward. But even those who take these medicines can learn better self control and habits of thought that will lead to greater emotional stability through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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CDC Legacy 2-24. How to Change Your Wife

Christian men are called to love their wives unconditionally, as Chris loves the church. Christlike love is not merely a feeling. It is a commitment. Christ’s love is demonstrated on the Cross. What should a husband do if his wife is hard to love? What should he do if he doesn’t have loving feelings towards his wife?

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CDC Legacy 2-23. How to Change Your Husband

God has designed marriage to be a partnership in which the wife follows her husband’s leadership. Many women suffer under the authority of sinful husbands. What if a husband won’t lead in a Christlike way? What does Peter mean by saying you should win your husband “without a word”?

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CDC1-14. Anger/Abuse

Anger is a problem both in the world and in the church. Anger is very deceptive and dangerous. It is usually murderous by nature and leads to many other sins. What are some ways that people try to justify their anger? Where does anger come from? How do we go about uprooting anger from the heart?

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CDC1-01. What is Biblical Counseling? 1

Psychology and theology both deal with the same fundamental issues of meaning and value. Many modern approaches have unscriptural presuppositions and practices. This opening session introduces biblical counseling and the importance of approaching these issues from a Christian perspective.

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CDC1-03. What is Biblical Counseling? 3

How is the biblical counseling approach different from all other Christian approaches? What are some key texts for defending the sufficiency of the Scriptures for counseling? IBCD’s position of biblical counseling (the Bible as the sole and sufficient authority) is outlined and its key concepts explained.

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CDC1-07. How Do People Change? 1

Counseling is about helping people to change. The change biblical counselors seek is unique and unbiblical approaches to change will impede spiritual growth. This session explores how change begins by understanding and applying the Gospel. Understanding our union with Christ is the key to growth in holiness.

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CDC1-08. How Do People Change? 2

We and our counselees are responsible to exert effort towards change. Immediately after telling us to consider our identity in Christ, Paul exhorts us to take action against the lusts of the flesh. What is the proper use of biblical indicatives and imperatives? What should our motive be for obedience?

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CDC1-10. Peacemaking 1

Biblical peacemaking is founded on the gospel. Christ came to make peace between God and man. All conflict is the result of sin. Conflict is very dangerous but brings great opportunity: to glorify God, to be more like Christ, to serve others, and to bear witness to a watching world.

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CDC1-11. Peacemaking 2

As Christians, we ought to do all that is in our power to pursue peace. How can we seek forgiveness biblically? How does the gospel empower us to forgive? Why is it important to go though a thorough process of confession?

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CDC1-12. Peacemaking 3

This session completes the Peacemaking series of the curriculum. It lays out important things to consider before attempting to confront someone’s sin and describes the peacemaking process. Church discipline is also explored along with how church structure and membership is related to peacemaking.

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CDC1-13. Grace When Things Are Hard

Trials are the ordinary experience of believers living in a fallen world. Believers in the Bible suffered great trials and we will continue to endure significant trials. Why do Christians tend to be so surprised by trials when the Bible speaks so often about them? How does God work in our trials and use them to mature us?

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CDC1-15. Depression

What is depression and how are we to understand it? Many secular psychologists see mankind as merely physical and therefore tend to see depression as a physical problem with a chemical solution. Christians recognize the dual nature of mankind – body and soul. What are some important things for biblical counselors to keep in mind when handling cases of depression?

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CDC1-16. Worry/Anxiety

Worry is a problem of the mind and can become life dominating. Worry, stress, and fear are closely related and often dealt with sinfully. How can we help counselees think about their lives in light of biblical truth? How might someone misunderstand or abuse God’s promises to care for them?

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CDC1-17. Fear

The Bible says we are to fear God. Fear can also be an appropriate response to real potential dangers. Fear becomes sinful when we fear men more than God and we fail to trust God. What are some proper and healthy manifestations of fear? What are indications that fear has become sinful?

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CDC1-18. Temptation 1

This session looks at David’s catastrophic sin of adultery in 2 Sam 11:1-5. This passage shows that the Bible is honest about its heroes and serves as a warning to us against sin and presumption. How does David’s sin point us to Christ? What are some practical ways to guard ourselves from temptation?

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CDC1-19. Temptation 2

What is the difference for an unbeliever and a believer who are confronted with temptation? How is idolatry connected with temptation? This session walks through some specific issues involved with temptation such as substance abuse. How can a drunkard or an addict find help to overcome his sin?

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CDC1-20. Understanding the Influences of Nature and Nurture

To what extent does our body (nature) and relationships (nurture) affect our hearts? We are embodied creatures. However, both our inner and outer person have been affected by the fall. While we reject both genetic determinism and social determinism, we recognize that the Bible teaches that both body and social environment influence the inner person.

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CDC2-28. From Idol to Blessing 2

How can we make our sexual relationships in marriage all that they should be? We need to think about our marriage and sex lives through a gospel lens. Gracious sex gives to your spouse freely, just as God has given to you – treating him/her better than he/she deserves.

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CDC2-27. From Idol to Blessing 1

God created sex to be a blessing. It is part of God’s perfect and holy creation but is often twisted sinfully. Idolatry, more than adultery, is the key to understanding sexual sin. Even something which is good can become sinfully idolatrous when we desire it more than we desire God, are willing to sin in order to get it, or react sinfully when we don’t get what we want.

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The Sin Test

A compilation of helpful questions for use in probing the heart for places where sin might be harbored. This can be helpful in drawing out and identifying sin.

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The Necessity of Prayer in Counseling

Effective counseling involves spiritual warfare. This is why it must be a matter of prayer. In this session  Voddie Baucham shares some personal counseling experiences  to encourage counselors to remember the importance of prayer in counseling.

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Hope for Peter, You and Your Counselees

For effective counseling it is absolutely necessary to help counselees to hope in God. How can we help them to have hope in times of suffering? This session will serve as a model of how to use, understand and apply wisdom from 1 Peter 1:1-2:12 in counseling.

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Caring for the Abused

Victims of abuse suffer greatly and need help. This session will teach you to offer compassionate biblical counsel to a victim of abuse as well as providing practical instruction on how to help the victim gain safety and deal with the abuser in a biblical way.

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Seven Steps of Parenting

A weekly log for parents to record their implementation of seven elements of good parenting. Examples include praising the children and being a proper example.

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Solutions to Fear

A handout of Scripture passages specifically related to eight common fears with suggestions for how to overcome them.

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Self-Sacrificing Love

A handout detailing 20 aspects of the self-sacrificing love described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. The negative, positive and extra aspects of such love are detailed in rich description.

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Reading Report Form

A one-page reflection sheet that can be used in accompaniment with any reading assignment. This sheet is designed to help counselees engage with and apply the material.

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Questions Mentors Ask

A list of 15 questions for use in counseling and discipleship. These questions are helpful for anyone seeking to come alongside someone and help them articulate what is in their heart.

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Respecting Your Husband…

A 12-question quiz for wives to examine whether their actions communicate respect or disrespect to their husbands. Each question includes the biblical basis for self-reflection.

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Recovery Plan After Failure

An 11-step guide for counselees if failure in fighting a sin occurs. This handout helps one think biblically about the sin and reminds of the grace and forgiveness of God.

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Problem-Solution Sheet

A worksheet with a 4-step graphic organizer designed to aid counselees in reflecting on a particular problem they face, their current response to it and how to respond biblically.

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Personality Inventory Chart

An extensive assignment for family members to reflect on themselves and one another. Topics include identifying qualities and characteristics, determining patterns of conflict, and understanding communication styles.

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Identifying Personal ‘Idols’

An in-depth guide for examining personal expectations and desires that, when unmet, can lead to various Idols of the Heart. THIS NEEDS TO BE FIXED.  WHEREVER THERE ARE QUOTES THE LETTER “P” SHOWS UP INSTEAD.

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Manipulation Test

A 20-question quiz for parents to aid them in determining the degree to which their children may be manipulating them. This quiz is adapted from The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo.

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“Log List” Matthew 7:3-5

An 8-step guide for identifying possible logs in the eye of one who wants to help someone caught in sin. This helps establish a proper heart attitude before approaching another brother.

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Journal of Upsets

An adaptable journal for recording when and where events in life provoked a person to become upset or react in a sinful way, calling for reflection and proactive thinking about the event.

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Idolatry Repentance Plan of Action

A worksheet providing points of reflection for thinking about sinful patterns and setting goals for new behaviors. This follows the biblical model of “putting off” and “putting on.”

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Identifying Pride

A suggestive list of how pride can influence people to sin in particular instances. This list culminates in a prayer of repentance for the specific ways one has acted in pride.

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The Panic “Fear” Attack

A handout for understanding panic and fear attacks based on 2 Tim 1:7 and 1 John 4:18. It defines panic and fear attacks, offers clues for identifying them and explores common causes.

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Family Budget

A simple spreadsheet with suggested categories for use in establishing a family budget. Helpful for providing guidance and establishing a wise financial plan.

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50 Questions to Ask Your Wife

A list of 50 questions for husbands to ask their wives. These questions will help them grow in understanding of the woman God has given them and how they can love and serve her better.

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Fear Homework Assignment Samples:

11 possible homework assignments for counselees who struggle with issues of fear, worry, and anxiety. This list includes reading assignments, scripture memory and journaling activities.

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Communication: Discussion Questions

An outline guide for walking through a plethora of scriptures concerning communication, calling for reflection and journaling on these specific passages.  THIS ONE IS WEIRD IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS NOTES THAT SHOULD GO ALONG WITH JIMS MESSAGE OR SOMETHING. MAYBE DUMP IT? ALSO TYPOS IN POINT IV

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Christ-Centered or Child Centered?

A handout contrasting characteristics children learn when the home is focused on Christ or when the home is focused on them. This handout is adapted from The Heart of Anger by Lou Priolo.

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Conference Table Guidelines

A handout outlining the purpose and procedures for Conference Table discussion. This handout is useful for counselees to review before beginning a discussion during the week.

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Biblical Process of Change

A graphic organizer depicting how thoughts and motives drive our feelings and choices resulting in the production of good or bad fruit. This handout is based on Eph 4:22-24 and Col 3:1-17

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Is Your Repentance Genuine?

This worksheet highlights the characteristics of worldly sorrow in contrast to godly sorrow. Help the counselee examine his life and seek by God’s help to move from being characterized by the top part of the list (worldly sorrow) to the bottom part of the list (godly sorrow).

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2 Corinthians 5:9

A graphically-driven handout to accompany biblically-based teaching from 2 Corinthians 5:9. MAYBE DUMP THIS ONE.  IT DOESN’T SEEM SELF EXPLANATORY. OTHERWISE AT LEAST GIVE IT A TITLE?

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Worry Homework 

9 possible homework assignments for counselees who struggle with worry. This list includes reading assignments, scripture memory and journaling activities.

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Are You a Fool?

A survey for self-reflection on 19 characteristics of the wise person portrayed in the book of Proverbs contrasted with their negative counterparts. 

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Anger/Heart Journal

A side by side journal for reflection on situations that provoked anger and the heart attitude behind someone’s response.

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Unfaithfulness Assignment

A handout of reading and reflection assignments for anyone seeking to rebuild their marriage after an affair. This includes specific exercises for both the offending and the offended parties.

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Submission… What is it?

A handout describing the characteristics of biblical submission: what it is not and what it is. This is adapted from The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Child Rearing

A short handout describing 7 basic principles of godly parenting. This should be used in conjunction with the Seven Steps of Parenting weekly log. TONS OF TYPOS IN 3-6

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

2 Ways to Handle Hurts

A graphically driven handout to accompany biblical teaching on responding when hurt, contrasting possible natural responses with responses that rely on God’s supernatural grace.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

The Necessity of Biblical Counseling

All people face troubles in life. The Bible is a book that is shockingly honest  about these troubles. This session unpacks the reasons why biblical counseling is really the only true answer to walking with people through seasons of serious trouble.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Listening and Ministering to Eating Disorders

How do we understand the dynamics of eating disorders and how do we interpret them as caused by both sin and suffering? This session wiil seek to answer these questions from a biblical perspective and discuss how the gospel offers hope and help in the midst of the struggle.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Guarding Against Gossip

The sin of gossip is easily overlooked or minimized but affects relationships and is destructive within the church. This workshop will cover the dangers of this particular sin of the tongue and discuss examples the Bible gives as well as the hope it offers.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

The Necessity of the Church in Counseling

Biblical counseling is necessary for the church and the church is necessary for biblical counseling. This session will define what is meant by “counseling” in the context of the local church and discuss how helping hurting, needy people is at the heart of her calling.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Having Biblical Expectations in Counseling

Biblical counseling is really about sanctification and growth in the Christian life. How much transformation can we expect? This session will use the New Testament pattern of the already and the not yet to help frame our expectations in counseling. 

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

What is Biblical Counseling? Part 1

Psychology and theology both deal with the fundamental issues of meaning and value. Many modern approaches have unscriptural presuppositions and practices. This workshop introduces biblical counseling and the importance of approaching these issues from a Christian perspective.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Safeguarding Women, Protecting Pastors

This session will discuss the dangers inherent in long-term, cross-gender counseling, both to pastors and counselors and to the women they counsel, as well as steps pastors can take to protect themselves while still loving the women God has placed in their care.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Helping People Handle Trials

How can we really have joy in the midst of trials? In this workshop we will examine how God uses losses in this life for great gain, and how that enables us to find joy in the midst of our own suffering, and to help others do the same.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Depression Case Study

Depression is an extremely common counseling problem but can be one of the most difficult issues to deal with.  This is a case study of a twenty-something girl who is struggling to believe the forgiveness of the gospel and is struggling with debilitating depression.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Continuationists, Cessationists, and Counseling

If the Holy Spirit is necessary in our counseling, what exactly is His role? What gifts does He employ? This session will briefly sketch the theological positions and identify how each position impacts our view of the Spirit’s role in counseling and the sufficiency of God’s Word.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Counseling Struggling Adoptive Parents

How can we help adoptive families when the excitement begins to subside and the realities begin to sink in? Despair and isolation are real experiences for many. This session is not only for adoptive parents, but it is also for those who counsel adoptive parents.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Equipping Women to Uproot Bitterness

Bitterness can easily take root in the heart when we’ve been hurt or offended or we believe something has happened to us that is unfair or unjust. This message will examine evidences of bitterness, ruling motives, and practical steps to rooting it out for the glory of God.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Bringing Freedom to Captives of Pornography

Pornography is pervasive in today’s world. It destroys marriages and leaves users with a warped view of sexuality. Sadly, many Christians are trapped by its power. This workshop will show how the grace of Jesus enables someone to break out of the deceitful web of pornography.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Putting Your Past In Its Place part 1

How should Christians think about their past? How does your answer affect the way you process life’s challenges? How does it affect the way you counsel? This two-part session will explore what God’s Word says about the importance and potential impact of events from your past.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Listening and Ministering to Sexual Issues

There are numerous similarities between a number of different sexual struggles, and the gospel offers hope and help in the midst of each of them. In this workshop we will focus on equipping you to minister to those who struggle in these areas.

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Complaining: Rewriting the Story God is Writing

Do you find yourself complaining about the past—wishing you could rewrite your story? In this session you will learn that complaining is a very powerful sin that tries to undo what God has done and is doing. Be encouraged! God invites you to embrace the story He is writing.

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Counseling after a Suicide

Many people have been touched by the tragedy of having a loved one take their own life. This workshop will examine how can we help those left behind deal with the emotions and the questions which come in the aftermath of suicide.

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Putting Your Past In Its Place part 2

Is your past “one big lump”? Is it possible that some of us have challenges in this area in part because we have not thought as precisely and specifically as God’s Word would direct? This session will attempt to help us identify biblical categories for events from the past.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Handling Evangelism Opportunities in Counseling 

One of the great delights in biblical counseling is the opportunity to explain the gospel to someone who has never heard. This session will discuss strategies to move from initial presentation problems to appropriate discussions about personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Marry Wisely, Marry Well part 2

How can biblical principles guide you in preparing your heart for marriage and making a wise choice in who to marry? This two-part session is perfect both for those considering a relationship and those who disciple others in relationship choices (parents, pastors, counselors).

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Marry Wisely, Marry Well part 1

How can biblical principles guide you in preparing your heart for marriage and making a wise choice in who to marry? This two-part session is perfect both for those considering a relationship and those who disciple others in relationship choices (parents, pastors, counselors).

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Life in the Aftermath: Embracing Weakness

The past for many women includes hard, life-changing experiences. Life in the aftermath can leave them feeling that they are less than they once were. This workshop will explore God’s purposeful and loving use of these experiences to show His power and love.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Ministering to Parents of Special Needs Children

Counselors sometimes have the privilege of serving parents who have been blessed with children with special needs. This session will review a seminal passage of Scripture on this subject along with an account from the Viars’ journey with their special needs son Andrew.

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Counseling and Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare is an ever-present reality for the child of God. A balanced view of spiritual warfare can help both counselors and counselees. This session will examine the truths of spiritual warfare as it applies to the various dimensions of biblical counseling.

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Forgetting the Past While Pressing On

Are you aware what serial relationships can do to your chances for a permanent relationship? It is even possible to overcome your past trauma? Are feelings never to be trusted? This workshop teaches some vital concepts for enduring relationships.

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Gospel-Driven Reconciliation

Many people live with unresloved conflict. The process of reconciliation can be challenging and tumultuous. This seminar will examine how the gospel serves as the foundation for reconciliation and empowers those who are struggling to be reconciled to one another.

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Caring When You Don’t Feel Like Caring

How do we care for others when we just don’t feel like it? This message will discuss the call for Christians to care for others, the challenges that arise in caring for others, and what we shoulld do when our emotions run contrary to this.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

The Grace and Grit of Adoption Part 1

Often adoption is romanticized and the challenges are minimized, leaving adoptive parents feeling guilty as they struggle with their child. This two-part message will deal with some of its common challenges and help equip counselors to minister to adoptive parents.

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Caring Because Christ Cares

Christ cares for his people so much that he was made like them in every respect. He did this that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest who can help them in their temptations. We are encouraged to care for others when we see how much Christ cares for them.

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The Grace and Grit of Adoption Part 2

Often adoption is romanticized and the challenges are minimized, leaving adoptive parents feeling guilty as they struggle with their child. This two-part message will deal with some of its common challenges and help equip counselors to minister to adoptive parents.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Does God Care How I Feel?

There is a biblical theology of the emotions which should play a critical role in much counseling. This workshop will address the subject of the emotions in the Christian life and lay the biblical-theological foundation for understanding the emotions.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

What is Man?

From the beginning we are told that God created man in His own image. What does it mean to be an image bearer of God? This workshop explores the concept of Man as the Image of God and the practical implications for the counseling process.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Counseling People with Psychological Disorders

How do you help someone who already has many labels regarding their condition? In our heavily psychologized culture it can be hard to know the accuracy of these diagnoses.  This workshop aims to equip you to work with those who have diagnoses from the psychological community.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Helping Women Who Are Married But Lonely

Many married women feel alone and isolated from their spouse. How can we help women who find themselves in this situation? What does the Bible have to say about the intimacy we should have in marriage, and what should we do when we find our expectations are not being met?

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Caring in Cases of Adultery

Adultery is something that many of us will have to deal with in one way or another in the church. The gospel gives great hope in these difficult situations. The goal of this workshop is to help equip you to bring that hope to those who have felt the pain of a broken covenant.

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Humbly Pursuing Peace

God calls us to peace with others, but in this life it is impossible to completely avoid conflict. This session will examine how to understand conflict from a biblical perspective and practical ways to humbly pursue peace with others when conflict does arise.

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The God-centeredness of Affirmation

If I praise others won’t it just make them prideful? Is there a way that praising others can actually build them up to become more Christlike? This session gives biblical warrant for God-centered praise of those who are not God.

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The Divine Design for Marriage

Marriage is a stage designed to show forth the realities of the gospel. This seminar will set forth the biblical vision of marriage and give practical counsel of how we can reorient our hearts and actions so our marriages better reflect the profound realities they illustrate.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

The Problems of Pain Medicine

Is it okay for Christians to use pain medicine? How much is too much? How do you know if you are addicted? Dr. Charles Hodges, MD. discusses what the Bible has to say about struggling with physical pain and the use of medication to treat it.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

From Idol to Blessing 1

What does the Bible have to say about sex? Through this two-part message you will learn how the grace of God in the gospel powerfully changes how we view our own sexuality and gives us the power to once again put this blessing in its proper place.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Helping People Get Good at Affirmation

It is so much easier to be critical of others than to affirm them. Even when we want to build others up we often find ourselves tearing them down instead.  This session will discuss how to help people grow in their ability to affirm others well.

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Practical Applications of Affirmation

What are some practical ways that you can begin to apply the principles of God-centered affirmation to your relationships? This session will help you to move beyond good intentions to actually cultivating joyful, healthy relational patterns.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

General Principles About Money

God’s sufficient word speaks to our financial issues. This session examines some common money myths and lays out a biblical view of wealth as a blessing that can also be very dangerous. This talk calls us to examine our true spiritual condition behind our financial situation.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Grace Sex

What does grace have to do with sex? In this workshop, for women only, you will learn how the grace God has given in Christ can and should overflow into a gracious and healthy physical relationship between husband and wife. 

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

The Pain of Porn

Our sex-saturated culture has taken sexuality from a blessing given by God and made it into an idol to be worshipped and distorted. This workshop will examine the rampant destruction left in the path of pornography and the hope the gospel offers to strugglers.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Graceless Sex

How can sex be graceless? This workshop, for women only, will explore the sinful attitudes and actions that many women fall in to, that can stifle or even completely kill the physical relationship between husband and wife.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

From Idol to Blessing Q&A

What does the Bible have to say about sex? Many people have unanswered questions about this aspect of life. In this Question and Answer session you will hear a panel of counselors discussing biblical answers to common questions Christians have about sex.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

From Idol to Blessing 2

What does the Bible have to say about sex? Through this 2-part message you will learn how the grace of God in the gospel powerfully changes how we view our own sexuality and gives us the power to once again put this blessing in its proper place.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Acquire Wealth Wisely

The Bible describes both legitimate and illegitimate ways to gain wealth. This session lays forth a biblical theology of dilligent and skilled work in contrast to the sluggard’s whims. It also puts to rest some common money myths related to gaining money.

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CDC1-04. General Principles of Biblical Counseling 1 {Transcript}

Spend Money Wisely

Our money is not really ours, we are stewards of what God has given us. This session lays out how a proper view of stewardship helps us honor the Lord in the way we spend money. It also gives practical steps of how to spend wisely by using a budget and controlling expenditures.

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Get Out of Debt

In our society it is almost taken for granted that we have to borrow for many things. This session lays out a biblical view of debt and how Christians can think through the multifaceted motivations and options with borrowing money in today’s economy.

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