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On another public forum online I saw someone shared his problem:

A few friends to laugh and joke with is fine, but when someone starts to take a genuine interest in me, I freak out.

Here’s some thought and hopefully a biblical strategy for biblical counseling.

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This is part of my plan this year to review more counseling booklets for the sake of the edification and encouragement of the church.

Michael R. Emlet.  Asperger Syndrome.  Greensboro, NC: New Growth  Press, July 28, 2005. 20 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I found this booklet helpful as an introduction to Asperger syndrome. The booklet’s guidelines and suggestions for those who minister to those with Asperger syndrome was also useful.  I appreciated the background of the author Michael Emlet: A physician turned biblical counselor with a Masters of Divinity from a solid Christian Seminary he has the background to address both the medical and spiritual dimension of the person with Asperger syndrome.

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I plan to review more counseling booklets for the sake of the edification and encouragement of the church.

Edward Welch. Depression: The Way Up When You Are Down.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, October 1st, 2000. 28 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This is a counseling booklet that’s part of the series published by Presbyterian and Reformed called “Resources for Changing Lives.”  In this series of 26 booklets biblical counselor Edward Welch wrote this one on the issue of depression.  After reading this booklet myself I thought this was a helpful resource for Pastors to assign as a reading assignment for someone whom they are counseling concerning depression.  And Pastors definitely need resources on depression if they are going to be prepared to minister to people and their problems.

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Do you have a problem with anger?

I hope this is practical and helpful for everybody.  If you are involved with Christian apologetics (a big topic on our blog) you would no doubt encounter people who might test your patience.  Or maybe your weakness is not during evangelism but ministry within the church.  Are there people and situations at work that provoke you to ungodly anger?  We can easily have blind-spots; So ask yourself, does your family think you have a problem with anger management?

Confession to the Lord your problem and sin should be your first step.  He is gracious and faithful to forgive and also to cleanse you (1 John 1:9).

I also think it is important to regularly review some verses from Proverbs.  It is good to meditate on them and memorize them as fight against sin before you fall into unrighteous anger.

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Today’s post I want to answer the question: “How do you combat the love of money?”

This is part two of looking at the Bible for answer.  See Part 1 here.  Whereas last week we focused on the means to “put off” the love of money here in part two will then look at what we “put on” instead in place of the love of money.

So here’s what we “put on” which is part of our repentance:

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Establish the need: Why should we care about what the Bible say about demons in regards to marriages? When we know someone is out to destroy our marriage we would be very proactive to defend it; but did you know there are supernatural beings out to destroy your marriage?  Specifically they are led by the devil so the devil will be our focus for our present study.

Purpose: In this series we will explore how theology shapes marriage and here in our fifth session we shall consider the Bible’s teaching on the devil and how to resist Him in order to protect our marriage.

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I plan the next few weeks to look at some practical counseling booklets and post my reviews of them on here.

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David Powlison. Stress: Peace Amid Pressure.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, July 1st, 2004. 28 pp.

4 out of 5

This is a counseling booklet that’s part of the series published by Presbyterian and Reformed called “Resources for Changing Lives.”  I thought this work is a great resource for Pastors to assign as a reading assignment for someone they are counseling on the topic of stress.  I read through this short work for my own edification and also alongside another brother at church.

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