New Counseling Resources for FBC Eastman (pt. 3)

ExhaustedAs a chronic fatigue sufferer, life as you once enjoyed it has ceased. Fatigue can be brought on by a myriad of physical, emotional, or spiritual issues. But, whatever the cause, your entire world is now affected by your diminished physical strength.

David Powlison understands how debilitating and demoralizing a constant state of fatigue can be through his own five-year struggle after heart surgery. Powlison encourages sufferers that, unlike the world, God embraces the weak and provides strong, enduring resources through Christ for moment-by-moment strength. Readers will learn to adjust their thoughts and expectations and lean into the steady arms of Christ.

HomosexualityAs the conversation around homosexuality becomes increasingly hostile on all sides, it can be difficult to know where to stand as a Christian. You don’t want to compromise God’s Word, either by blindly following the culture or by treating others with hatred and contempt. How do you hold onto your convictions without projecting an image of Christ that is self-righteous and judgmental? R. Nicholas Black addresses both sides of this equation. Challenging easy assumptions about gays and lesbians, he encourages you to build the foundation of your conversation on God’s love for people created in his image. He also examines some of the most disputed passages regarding homosexuality and draws out the fuller story of God’s design for sexuality.

Children and Divorce.inddSadness, depression, anger, fear, anxiety, loyalty conflicts; your children are struggling with at least some of these emotions after your divorce. To make things even more difficult, you are struggling too. How do you help your child cope with the changes in the family, while you’re still adjusting?

As she explains the various responses you and your children may be having to your divorce, Amy Baker applies the gospel of Jesus Christ in practical and kid-friendly ways to the struggle your family is going through. As you share God’s Word with your children, your family will grow in faith and hope through this difficult time.

Porn MarriedYou feel emotionally isolated and sexually disengaged from your spouse. Could it be that the fantasy world of pornography has intruded upon your real-life marriage? Nicholas Black of Harvest USA, a ministry for people struggling with sexual issues, identifies four key ways that pornography negatively impacts marriages and encourages all who struggle to look to God for help.

Black’s three practical, biblical steps toward freedom help those who struggle to find lasting joy in loving God and their real-life spouse rather than the temporary satisfaction of pornography use. A growing relationship with Jesus will grow your relationship with your spouse and bring lasting change.

AbusePastors and church personnel often struggle to apply intentional and appropriate doses of both biblical grace and stringent accountability to victims and perpetrators of child sexual abuse. Churches can regularly be prone to turn the tables on survivors by applying a heavy dosage of conviction to victims and misguided clemency toward perpetrators. The mishandling of abuse incidents in the church will drive victims away from the community of Christ and further embolden offenders, thus debasing the name of our Savior.

Victor Vieth offers a deeper understanding of both abuser and victim dynamics so that church leaders can move past ignorance and prevailing myths to tackle this devastating issue with the power of grace and truth afforded by the good news of Jesus. He explains typical dynamics of how and when child sexual abuse is reported, gives an overview of dynamics of child molesters, and describes healing ways to represent Jesus to survivors. This timely resource will equip churches to wisely and accurately step in to take care of its most vulnerable members.

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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