• Resources by Topic

  • Top 10 Resources

    These Top 10 Resources are based on the issues stated by those requesting counseling from us.

  • Untangling Emotions: God's Gift of Emotions

    by J. Alasdair & Winston T. Smith

     

    Handling Emotions / Anger / Fear / Grief / Shame / Guilt

    How do you feel about how you feel? Our emotions are complex. Some of us seem able to ignore our feelings, while others feel controlled by them. But most of us would admit that we don't always know what to do with how we feel.

     

    The Bible teaches us that our emotions are an indispensable part of what makes us human - and play a crucial role in our relationships with God and others. Exploring how God designed emotions for our good, this book show us how to properly engage with our emotions - even the more difficult ones like fear, anger, shame, guilt, and sorrow - so we can better understand what they reveal about our hears and handle them wisely in everyday moments.

     

    Good & Angry: Letting Go of Anger, Irritation, Complaining and Bitterness

    by David Powlison

     

    Anger / Bitterness / Complaining

    Good and Angry shows readers how anger is more than a problem to solve. Anger is our complex human response to what we perceive as wrong in a complex world, thus we must learn how to fruitfully and honestly deal with it.

     

    Good and Angry examines God's desire for justice and His anger, which doesn't devolve into manipulation. Rather, God's anger is good and redemptive, and it causes Him to step into our world to make wrongs right, sending His own Son to die so we can be reconciled.

     

    Good and Angry helps people who struggle with irritation, complaining, or bitterness explore how to respond constructively when life goes wrong.

    Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety

    by Elyse Fitzpatrick

     

    Anxiety / Fear / Worry

    Fear and worry are surprisingly, common and paralyzing emotions for many women today. In fact, even those who have been Christians for years find themselves battling difficult and often overwhelming concerns - concerns about marital strife, rebellious children, problems in the workplace or at home, serious health issues, financial difficulties, and much more.

     

    God knew worry would be a very real problem. He addresses the issue in the Bible many times, giving practical guidance that is the only true solution to our fears and worries. Women will find comfort and encouragement as they learn from the transparent, real-life examples of others who have struggled with anxiety, including the author herself.

    War of Words

    by Paul David Tripp

     

    Communication / Conflict

    "Talk" seems so normal, so ordinary, so harmless. Yet there are few things we do that are more important. And underneath the normality of it all is a great struggle, a war of words that we fight every day.

     

    Recognizing that words are powerful, Paul Tripp shows us how the gospel transforms the way we communicate. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word is the only hope for our words. In our war of words, He is the one who gives us the victory. Tripp directs us to a renewed reliance on our heavenly Father's abundant grace and a more Christ-honoring, people-benefiting life of talk.

    Good Mood, Bad Mood

    by Paul D. Hodges

     

    Depression / Bi-polar

    Depression and bipolar disorder are two of the most common diagnoses made in medicine today. Good Mood, Bad Mood examines whether we are in an epidemic or if we have simply misdiagnosed common sadness as depression. Current research in the medical community seems ot indicate that the criteria we use to diagnose depression as resulted in an increased and incorrect labeling of common sadness as depression. While medical treatment is now the commonly accepted way to deal with pain and sadness, its promise has not been fulfilled. In Good Mood, Bad Mood, Dr. Charles Hodges offers and explanation to help the reader see the importance of sadness and the hope that God gives us in HIs Word.

    Gospel Treason

    by Brad Bigney

     

    Idols / rooting out Heart Issues

    Is it harder for you to change and grow as a Christian than it should be? Do you wonder what is holding you back? Have you ever considered that it might be idolatry?

     

    Using real-life stories and examples, Brad Bigney's Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols shows us how the idols we might not even recognize can still have devastating effects in our lives. In this transparent, honest book, he helps us identify our idols, understand how they lead us to commit treason against the gospel - and finally repent of them and root them out forever by turning to the only One who can fill our every need.

    When Sinners Say "I Do"

    by Dave Harvey

     

    Marital issues

    Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say "I Do" is about encountering the life transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.

    The Enemy Within

    by Kris Lundgaard

     

    Sin Habits / Sanctification

    How would you like to fight an enemy, who, just as you have him in the ropes, always evades the final blow? An enemy who hides just out reach, lulling you into a fall sense of security, until he drops from nowhere onto your back?

     

    That's the advantage of indwelling sin - it lurks in an unsearchable fortress where you can't get to it. But if God has redeemed us from sin - and given us His Holy Spirit to sanctify us and give us strength against sin - why do we go on sinning?

     

    Drawing from the two masterful works by English theologian John Own, Kris Lundgaard takes aim at the enemy within. He shares his discovery of hope, renewed love for Christ, and an approach to holiness by faith in Him.

    Trusting God

    by Jerry Bridges

     

    Suffering - past or present

    Why is it easier to obey God than to trust Him?

    Because obeying God makes sense to us. In most cases, His laws appear reasonable and wise, and even when we don't want to obey them, we usually concede that they are good for us. But the circumstances we find ourselves in often defy explanation. Before long, we begin to doubt God's concern for us or His control over our lives. We ask, "Why is God allowing this?" or "What have I done wrong?"

     

    During such a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a thorough Bible study on the topic of God's sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and in Trusting God he shares the fruit of that study. As you explore the scope of God's power over nations, nature, and even the details of your life, you'll find yourself trusting Him more completely - even when life hurts.

    Putting Your Past In Its Place

    by Stephen Viars

     

    Unresolved Past

    Lives grind to a halt when people don't know how to relate to their past. Some believe "the past is nothing" and attempt to suppress the brokenness again and again. Others miss out on renewal and change by making the past more important than their present and future. Neither approach moves people toward healing or hope.

     

    Pastor and biblical counselor Stephen Viars introduces a third way to view one's personal history - by exploring the role of the past as God intended. Using Scripture to lead readers forward, Viars provides practical measures to

    • understand the important place "the past" is given in Scripture
    • replace guilt and despair with forgiveness and hope
    • turn failures into stepping stones for growth

    This motivating, compassionate resource is for anyone ready to review and release the past so that God can transform their behaviors, relationships, and their ability to hope in a future.

  • Abuse

    Addiction

    Anger

    Anxiety

    Bitterness

  • Change

    Communication

    Conflict

    Contentment

    Depression

    Discipleship

    Doubt

  • Emotions

    Fear

    Fear of Man

    Forgiveness

  • God

    Gospel

    Grace

    Grief

    Hope

    Humility

    Idols

  • Manipulation

    Marriage

    Parenting

    Pornography

    Prayer

    Pride

    PTSD

  • Regret

    Repentance

    Selfishness

    Shame

    Sin

  • Worry

    Worship

  • Websites / Podcasts / Blogs / Audio Teachings

    Abortion / Abuse

    Email Lesley Swanson for information on the Healing Hearts Bible Studies, Binding Up the Brokenhearted and The Hem of His Garment.

    Addiction

    The Addiction Connection website has training and resources for those struggling with addiction.

    Addiction / Shame

    Anger / Worry

    Doubt / Grace / Pride / Repentance

    Forgiveness

    Evangelizing Those Who Wrong You, Milton Vincent, 4-part Sermon Series

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