New Counseling resources for FBC Eastman (pt. 2)

You feel betrayed. Someone close to you has hurt you deeply. You want to move past the pain and your obsession with what happened, but how? The usual strategies–trying to get even, trying to forget–just aren’t working for you. Perhaps it’s time for a different approach.

Jack Miller unpacks the different ways that people respond to betrayal and rejection and offers a new way to respond–forgiveness rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Forgiveness doesn’t mean “forgetting” or acting as if nothing happened, but it does mean being free from hurt and able to be like Jesus and return good for evil.

Change GayThere are many voices weighing in on the question of whether you can change your sexual orientation. Yes, no, maybe so—it can be confusing and disorienting to sort through the mess. You want to follow God, but what does that mean when it comes to same-sex attraction?

With wisdom and compassion, David White helps you sort through the many voices and opinions to hear what Jesus has to say to those struggling with same-sex attraction. Offering solid biblical guidance, he uncovers the true nature of gospel change that goes far beyond sexual orientation, right down to the level of identity, and offers immense hope, encouragement, and support.

Someone you love is ill, your child is in trouble, financial problems mount, you lost your job, your spouse left you–the list of troubles we experience is both uniquely difficult and depressingly similar. In this world we will suffer, Jesus promised that. But he also promised us something of infinite value–he will be with his people in their suffering.

Steve Brown, a well known radio Bible teacher, writes honestly about his own struggles with suffering, but then also shares the hope he has found in the presence of Christ. It is in turning to him and remembering that he knows all about our struggles that we experience the power to endure in love and hope through the most difficult situations.

Dangerous worldEveryone is afraid of something. Fear is part of the human experience of living in a broken, fallen world. We try to manage our fears, but our coping mechanisms impact our faith. We hoard resources and stop praying for provision. We stockpile information and forget to seek godly wisdom. Yet we continue to live anxious lives.

William P. Smith explains that our faith should, instead, change our strategies for dealing with fear. He offers practical guidance on how to exchange fear for faith by learning to find security in our relationship with an all-sufficient, unchanging God.

womenWomen who struggle with sexual lust often think they are alone. Most of the time when they hear others talk about problems with sexual addiction, they are referencing men. But women also struggle with these issues, and they also need encouragement to bring their struggle into the open where they can learn about the forgiveness and freedom there is in Jesus Christ.

Sarah Taras points women away from “doing better” and “trying harder,” and toward taking their struggle with lust to their faithful Savior. As she unpacks stories from the gospel of how Jesus welcomed women caught in sexual sin, she gently steers readers to the forgiveness, acceptance, and transformation that flows from the cross of Christ to all who sin. Instead of making women feel even more unworthy, she guides them to find their worth and love in Christ alone, by faith alone.

Note: All of these resources are provided free of charge and are located in the rack between the welcome center and sanctuary.  

 

 

 

 

 

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