This week our host Andrew Ray sits down with Winston Smith and CCEF Director of Counseling Cecelia Bernhardt to respond to a question on forgiveness, “How can I forgive someone who abused me?”
Dr. Tim Lane and Aaron Sironi lead an hour-long workshop on how church leaders can help members of their congregations through this most difficult and painful of issues.
This week’s podcast is an excerpt from a CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling course. Taken from CCEF faculty member Ed Welch’s Counseling Problems & Procedures class, this excerpt is from a lecture focusing on suffering, particularly the suffering that results from sexual violation.
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“An Abuse Survivor Learns to Show Mercy to Her Abuser:” When wise older women seek to counsel younger women in our day, some of the most common and devastating problems that appear involve women having been violated (whether the offender was sexually predatory, physically violent, or verbally abusive.) Freeman’s story traces how God patiently worked in her through both truth and providence.
Pastors often fall into sexual sin not because they go looking for sexual sin but by falling into the “tenderness trap,” becoming emotionally involved with women they counsel. Traces the progression by which a fall gradually comes about. Gives 5 ground rules for avoiding the tenderness trap, and advice to those who have fallen and to fellow leaders. [In 14:3, p. 6, Chuck Bridger comments on this article.]