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Strategic Issues in Counseling: Consider the Context of Your Counselee

When Sarah’s mother passed away, it stirred up in her all kinds of fear and anxiety. She had been living with her mom now for almost thirty years and depended on her for a lot of things. Suddenly she was going to have to be responsible for her whole life. I could have pointed out her failures to be prepared for this moment, I could have indicated that she needed to grow up a long time ago, but none of that really seemed helpful at the time. She was anxious, but her anxiety seemed more related to suffering and...

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Enjoyment East of Eden

Ecclesiastes 2:12–26 Ecclesiastes 2:24-26, “24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him[b] who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.” In Genesis 2:15-17 we read, “15 The Lord God...

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Satisfaction in God Alone

“I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity” (Ecc. 2:1). The writer takes many roads to find happiness, yet there was nothing worthwhile in any of the avenues he chose. He remained just as unfulfilled, as before. Much effort was utilized, but he still was unsatisfied. He found unsatisfaction with one thing, moved onto the next and found the same thing. Nowhere under the sun is there any remote avenue of satisfaction. The Reformation Study Bible describes what writer shared about his activity: he set out...

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The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life

When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life is uncertain, and nothing makes any sense? Though all of God’s word is essential for us to read, learn, memorize, and study, and though all of God’s word teaches us all that we need to know to weather the storms of life, there is one theological truth that stands out in...

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#64: Lazarus Raised[Sermon]

http://media.blubrry.com/servantsofgracemedia/p/www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/servantsofgrace.org/mediafolder/LazarusRaised.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe iTunes | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSSJoin Dave as he continues the study of the Gospel of John by looking at John 11:38-44 with the men at his local...

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