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July 17, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

I asked a new friend how he came to know Jesus—always a great story.  He had been a searcher from his early teens and investigated the religions of his best friends. After hearing an apologist for one faith, my friend was stunned by the incoherence of the religion and the dearth of supporting evidence. When he raised his concerns, the apologist said, “You have to have faith.” “How do you do that?” “Just find that burning in the pit of your stomach.”

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July 10, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

If you like words, I have a treat for you. Since God uses words to communicate to us, we are interested in words in general and God’s words in particular. These two interests come together in the Psalms, where the psalmists took great care in handling words. Beautiful communication, they reasoned, should be communicated beautifully. As such, you can almost see them searching for just the right word, and they inevitably found it.

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June 28, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

Perhaps the hardest experience in the Christian life is to suffer and experience divine silence. It seems inconceivable. You lose a baby, you are shamefully victimized, or go through what feels like death itself, and you wonder, “Where is God? How could he be silent, distant or idly watching when this is happening?” If even bad fathers do something when their kids are being abused, why would the Good Father let us go through such turmoil without a peep?

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June 14, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

We live in an era where personal identity is of great importance to us. Perhaps we simply don’t know who we are. We are like victims of amnesia who are lost and always searching for our ‘true’ identity—or perhaps we are looking for an upgrade. We seek meaningful self-definition in our jobs, our relationships, our hobbies, and (sometimes) in Jesus. Whatever the reason, we listen when someone speaks about identity. There are a number of ways to approach the ‘Who am I’ question. A useful way is to change the question just slightly from:

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June 11, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

There aren’t many books that walk you through the question: What should I do when I am planning to sin again? All Scripture, of course, is about this question because we all know we will sin again, but there are two patterns that are especially precarious.

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June 06, 2013 - CCEF - Blog Post

From The Gospel Coalition: "Finding the courage to voice your story of sexual abuse can feel impossible: too exposing, too embarrassing, too painful, too taboo. Tragically, sometimes the hardest place to share such stories is within the church. 'Why is this so,' asks Scotty Smith, 'and how can the church do a better job of giving men and women the voice to tell their stories of shame?'"

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June 03, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

The DSM V has arrived, and the world is largely unchanged. The new iteration opts for the status quo, which is what happens when you have to please those with competing agendas. If you are looking for something more dramatic you will have to wait another decade for the DSM VI. For biblical counselors, an overarching principle still applies: psychiatric diagnoses can open our eyes to see real human struggles, and these same diagnoses can distract us from Scripture’s insights and spiritual causes or contributions.

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