May 25, 04:55
It ia always good to see that we are making a difference somewhere as Christians. We can and do lose sight of the fact that our collective voice matters as we seem to be drowned out by the noise of the world and the opposition. The Christian Federation sent me this list of achievements, plenty, indeed an abundance to rejoice over Be encouraged... there's a growing synergy between champions of the Gospel who are making strategic and effective input into Australian politics and culture for righteousness' sake. Like never before, its time to stand together as one body with the one head, the Lord Jesus Christ. It's our responsibility to become a fighting force that defends righteousness across our nation. Together gospel champions across the nation have contributed magnificently in achieving the following 10 outstanding results in maintaining national integrity under Christ: 2015 Canberra Ecclesia intervention for Marriage: 10-12 Aug 2016 Chinese Christian activism in Sydney and Melbourne 2016 Federal Government defunded safe schools from end 16/17 FY 2016 Euthanasia Bill defeated in SA on 17 Nov 2016 Religious Exceptions Bill defeated in Vic on 6 Dec 2016 Birth Certificate Bill defeated in Vic on 6 Dec 2017 Abortion Bill defeated in QLD on 27 Feb 2017 (un)Safe Schools ends in NSW on 17 April from end FY 2017 (un)Safe Schools ends in TAS on 18 April from end FY 2017 Abortion Bill defeated in NSW on 11 May. So every time you write a letter to a Parliamentarian, visit a local member, add your name to a petition or join a rally you are part of a winning team that's making a huge difference for good. Please accept our thanks for your pro-active participation in implementing "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven". Please forward this email to your family, friends and colleagues and let's grow Christian Federation as a growing network of followers of Christ who are standing up for righteousness in our nation. http://email@example.com
May 24, 08:03
There are currently 9 students in NSW studying "Ministry of the Holy Spirit" from the "Doctrine" stream. During one of his missionary trips the Apostle Paul questioned a group of believers about the Holy Spirit. He asked if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. Their answer was, "We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost" (Acts 19:2). Paul shared the message of the ministry of the Holy Spirit with these Christians (Acts 19). Today it is equally important that believers understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit. God promised: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh... (Acts 2:17) The fact that God is willing at this time to pour out His Spirit upon us makes this study important. We must understand the ministry of the Holy Spirit in order to be part of this special revelation of the power of God. The study of the Holy Spirit is one of the major doctrines of the Bible. A doctrine is all the teachings which relate to a particular subject. Paul said: ...give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. (I Timothy 4:13) It is not through the natural powers of man that God moves in our world. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit saith the Lord. (Zechariah 4:6) This course examines the nature and personality of the Holy Spirit. It discusses the titles given the Holy Spirit and emblems which represent Him. Both reveal much about His ministry. The purposes, gifts, and fruit of the Holy Spirit are examined in detail. Practical guidelines are given for experiencing the baptism of the Holy Spirit, identifying spiritual gifts, and developing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
May 24, 08:00
We also have students in Qld, Vic and WA who are completing "Practical Units". These practical units include: Assist in Ministry Support Community Resources Chaplaincy - Respond Holistically to client issues.
May 24, 07:57
A NSW student is studying "Building the Church God Wants" from the "Church Studies" stream. Perhaps no myth is so prevalent in the church as the idea that the ministry is a difficult profession, wearying to the soul and exhausting to the body. That is not how Jesus saw it. He called his yoke comfortable, and his burden light! The operative word is no doubt "his". The yoke that is easy is "his". The burden that is light is "his". There is nothing in the work Christ gives a pastor to do that could ravage him or her emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually. The things that destroy us do not come from the Lord’s appointment; they arise from the cargoes we either pack ourselves or allow others to stow on us. When we do what God has called us to do, we have full access to his enabling grace and strength. When we take up extraneous burdens, we are on our own. To carry those loads, we have nothing more to draw upon than personal wisdom and ability. People who labour with such scant resources will surely find their work toilsome, sapping their vitality, wrecking their health, deadening their spirits. Of course, the gospel does demand from its workers extraordinary sacrifices. The Master’s service can bring nakedness, cold, hunger, violence, even death. Yet those sufferings are external to Christian ministry. They are a price we are willing to pay to glorify the name of our God. They may hurt us, but the gospel cannot, for in the task of God itself there is nothing to ulcerate a man’s stomach. Preaching Christ cannot block your arteries, or shatter your nerves, or bankrupt your finances! Those disasters are the consequences of things we do outside the divine purpose, carrying burdens God never gave us.
May 24, 07:55
A Qld student is studying a course "Provide Ethical & Pastoral Care" within Chaplaincy from the "Counselling" stream.
May 24, 07:51
A student in WA is studying "Knowing God's Voice" from the "Doctrine" stream. "What is God's will for me?" This question is perhaps the one most often asked by believers. It is also a question that frequently confronts Christian leaders as men and women turn to them for guidance in decision-making. In everyday situations of life, believers are constantly making choices that determine whether or not they will do the perfect will of God. It is essential to know God's voice, understand His will, and make right decisions each day. It is important because each minor decision affects the finding of God's will for a lifetime. Man must make choices in relationship to God's will. God instituted this plan when Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden (Genesis l-3). God's will for Adam and Eve was to name the animals, tend the Garden, have companionship with each other, and reproduce to populate the earth. Most important, they were to maintain intimate fellowship with God. Adam and Eve were also warned about what was not God's will. They were forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Including the story of Adam and Eve, the entire Bible is a history of decisions that individuals and nations made in relation to God's will. You can learn from both the successes and failures of these men and women. One of the most exciting revelations in the Bible is that God has a definite plan for every individual for this life and eternity. In order to fulfill these plans you must come to know God's voice. You must learn how He has communicated in times past and how He speaks today. This course explains how God speaks to man and how to find God's will for your life. Guidelines are given on knowing the voice of God and determining His will. The pattern of God's will and Scriptural examples of how God reveals His will are discussed. A Scriptural model for decision-making is explained. Guidelines are presented on overcoming wrong decisions, what to do if you have missed the will of God, and handling questionable practices. Six stages of revelation of a plan of God are also identified. The curriculum focuses on what Jesus taught to equip men and women to reach their world with the Gospel. One of the great truths He revealed was that God does speak to men: I am the good shepherd and know my sheep, and am known of mine. . ..And other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. . . My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (John 10:14,16,27) God has a plan for intimate relationship with mankind. Man is known by God and can know Him personally. You can know the voice of God!
May 24, 07:44
A Victorian student is studying "God's Provision for Healing" from the "Doctrine" stream. This powerful teaching on healing lays a solid Word foundation which releases the faith of the students to receive their own healing, walk in health, and boldly minister healing to others. Many will be healed as this revelation comes alive in their spirits. According to the book of Mark, Jesus' final words of instructions before leaving this earth were, “they shall lay their hand on the sick and they shall recover.” This book gives practical instructions on how to minister healing to the sick. We suggest that before teaching this course, you watch or listen to the video or audio tapes on this series, and read the books that are listed as Suggested Reading. The more you saturate yourself with the truths of God's Word concerning healing, the more these truths will move from your mind into your spirit. This manual will then provide the outline for you to use as you impart these truths to others. Personal life illustrations are a must for effective teaching. The authors have omitted these from this work so that the teacher can provide illustrations from his or her own rich experiences, or from those of others to which the students will be able to relate. It should always be remembered that it's the Holy Spirit who has come to teach us all things, and that when we are studying, or when we are teaching, we should always be empowered and led by the Holy Spirit. This study is excellent for personal or group studies, Bible schools, Sunday schools and home groups. It's important that the teacher and the student have copies of this manual during the course of the study. The best books are written in, underlined, meditated upon and digested. We have left space for your notes and comments. The format has been designed with a fast reference system for review and to assist you in locating topics. The special format makes it possible for each person, once they have studied through this material, to teach the contents to others. Paul wrote to Timothy, And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2b This course is designed as a practical participation Bible course in the MINDS (Ministry Development System) format which is a specially developed approach to programmed learning. This concept is designed for multiplication in the lives, the ministry, and the future teaching of the students. Former students, by using this manual, can teach this course easily to others.
May 24, 07:41
A NSW student is studying "Patterns of Destruction" from the "Counselling" stream. Introduction: The Family Violent It was 1984 when my former associate and I first began working as counselors with the Domestic Violence and Youth Diversion programs of the San Diego City Police Department. I never thought that much of my focus in therapy over the next few years would be with victims of family abuse, either past or present. My leading in that direction should not have seemed such a surprise. We had long been desirous of developing our counseling ministry with specializations in what seemed to be the most needed fields of concern: dysfunctional families, adult children of alcoholics, adults molested as children, etc. These kinds of individual and family problems had for some time been on a steady increase. Yet, my personal interest stemmed from my own family background, since my family of origin was intensely dysfunctional and frequently disruptive. This is not necessarily the best reason to develop a counseling practice or ministry, but the combination of the exercise of personal demons and clinical training has been highly therapeutic for many, including me. My hope is that my knowledge and experience will be expressed in wisdom for those who suffer and for clinicians and pastors who desire to be "wounded healers." How to Use this Book and the Study Guide First, this manuscript is written for those preparing themselves for effective counseling ministry in this growing arena of concern. This manuscript was meant to be used with the study guide and teaching/seminar tapes provided for students matriculating in University or Bible College programs. The focus is to first present the various facts and figures related to family violence, and then to provide various plans of intervention for families caught in the web of violence. Secondly, in the section on victims and victimizers, the dynamics of abuse in various areas is fully detailed. Finally, the section on treatment and recovery details the process of change. The strategies presented are tested over time, and useful for most people, perpetrators and victims alike. When combined with God's power and good clinical wisdom, positive and permanent results glorifying to the Lord will be the result. It is my hope that the reader will grow as he/she processes through the material.
May 24, 07:37
A Qld student is studying "Spiritual Warfare II" from the "Christian Life" stream. Part II of this study builds on the principles and foundations set out in Spiritual Warfare Part I.... There is a great war being waged in the world today. It is not a conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or coup. It is an important invisible battle taking place in the spirit world. The Bible states that God's people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). One of the main areas in which believers are being defeated due to lack of knowledge is in spiritual warfare. The early Church viewed their spiritual experience in terms of warfare. Military terminology is used throughout the New Testament. Protection was seen in the armor of God. The Word of God was compared to a sword. Satan's attacks were called fiery darts. Faith was the "good fight" and believers were told to "war a good warfare." The early Church knew they were engaged in an intense spiritual struggle. The same spiritual battle continues today but instead of fighting the enemy, believers are often building great church buildings, producing musical dramas, holding fellowship meetings, and fighting one another while this great spiritual battle wages around them. Satan has even intensified his attacks against a church that has withdrawn from the front lines of battle. As the end of time approaches it is even more important for believers to understand spiritual warfare than in the early days of church history. The Apostle Paul warned: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (II Timothy 3:1) In order to be properly prepared for these perilous times, renewed emphasis must be placed on the strategies of spiritual warfare. The Christian life is war. The sooner we recognize and prepare for it, the sooner we will experience victory. Luke 14:31 says, "What king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?" No king ever entered into a battle without a careful examination of his resources and development of battle strategies. In essence, that is what we are doing in this course. We are making a careful evaluation of the strategy, weapons, and power available to us to win the war against our enemy, Satan.
May 24, 07:34
A student in WA is studying "Developing a Biblical Worldview" from the "Missions" stream. Many people have a limited view of the world. They are concerned only about their own village, city, or nation. They do not recognize that the area where they live is only a small part of a great planet called “earth.” They do not know about the special plan of God that includes the entire world, people of all races, cultures, and languages. The first Chapter of this book introduces the world in which we live. It starts at the beginning of time to explain the creation of the world and of man who inhabits it. Chapter Two continues this introduction as it explains how the world was divided into nations and languages. In every culture there are different beliefs about the creation of the world. The true story of the creation of the world is recorded in the Bible. Genesis 1:1 summarizes the entire first chapter: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1) The God of whom this verse speaks is the one true God. The Bible is the written record of the acts and words of God. When we speak of developing a “Biblical world view”, it means we base our understanding of the world on what is revealed by God in His written Word, the Bible.
May 24, 07:31
Students in Tasmania are studying "When the Trumpet Sounds" from the "Doctrine" stream. During his ministry in Palestine the Lord Jesus Christ often spoke of his going back to heaven and then of his coming again to earth. He said – In my Father’s house are many mansions. If this were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also (Jn 14:1-3, KJV). Notice how Jesus placed the proof of his return on the fact of his resurrection and ascension. He said, “If I go ... I will come again.” Did he go? Then he will come again! The resurrection of Christ is one of the most well attested facts in all history. But quite apart from historical evidence, the doctrine itself is one of the strongest arguments for its truth. Here is a doctrine completely foreign to every other trend of religious teaching. How can anyone explain its existence apart from its truth? All the great religious leaders of the world – Buddha, Mahomet, Confucius – were deeply venerated by their followers. Tremendous pains were taken to preserve the mortal remains of these famed leaders. There are magnificent temples in India which enshrine one of the Buddha’s teeth. The same human characteristic can be seen in the Orthodox and Catholic bodies of Christendom. How greatly people honour the relics of the saints – they revere all manner of robes, statues, and ancient articles. This world-wide and prolific testimony to the ordinary trend of human nature leaves no doubt at all that, had it been possible to do the same with the body of Jesus, it too would have been preserved and venerated. But there are no relics of Jesus. His tomb was empty on resurrection morning! If Jesus, therefore, was true in prophesying his death and resurrection, he must have been true also in prophesying his return to the earth in power and glory, for it is hardly likely that he would be correct in the first prediction but wrong in the second. The marvel of his return is not greater than the marvel of his victory over death
May 24, 07:30
Students beginning studies often start with "Dynamic Christian Foundations". We currently have students in NSW, VIC and Africa studying "Dynamic Christian Foundations" from the "Foundational Studies" stream. The series of books which comprise Dynamic Christian Foundations have been written as a beginner’s manual for those who have never studied God's word and need something to start them on their way. It may be undertaken as simply a foundation course and will attract its own certificate or it may be used as the first part of your studies toward your certificate or diploma. All nine subjects are downloaded in a single file and form the course, "Dynamic Christian Foundations". The topics in Dynamic Christian Foundations are: The Way of Salvation Jesus the Healer The Power of Pentecost Today Signs Wonders and Gifts Law and Grace How to Pray Successfully The Amazing Power of Faith Water Baptism and the Lord's Supper Christ is Coming
May 24, 07:06
A student from NSW is studying "Journey to Wholeness" from the "Counselling" stream. "You can experience unconditional acceptance in your life." "You are capable of manifesting unselfish love to others." "You can overlook the faults of others, and see only their good." Do these seem like lofty concepts, the impossible promises of some unobtainable vision? They are not. Rather, these promises embody the godly, biblical principles that Dr. Stan DeKoven shares as part of the vision God has given to the Body of Christ as we travel on the Journey To Wholeness. If these ideals seem impossible to obtain, you are right -- they are -- in your own strength. By yourself, you are absolutely incapable of giving unconditional acceptance, of offering unselfish love, and of seeing only the good in others. But, when you walk the biblical path on the Journey To Wholeness with Christ by your side, all things, and all ideals, become possible and obtainable. Dr. Stan DeKoven's message to the Body of Christ is that, through Christ, the Church can provide a safe place where the hurting members can be healed, a haven where the sinful members can be cleansed without condemnation, and a comforting home where the victims of addictions and abuse can become healthy and whole through God's restoring love. But even in Christ, the Journey To Wholeness is not a road that can be traveled by accident! Instead, it is a clearly detailed biblical path that is walked only by a deliberate decision, made by the collective Body of Christ, to unite together in love, and to purposely DO those things that Christ has commanded us to do. No one ever became a world-class athlete without a stringent exercise program, discipline, and struggle. So too, no Christian will ever become the compassionate, loving care-giver Christ intended him/her to be without first walking the required paths as outlined in this marvelous book. Dr. DeKoven has written for you a Christian coaches guide to spiritual wholeness, giving you detailed biblical instructions on how to become all that Christ intends for you to be -- for yourself, and for others. As you walk through the path on the Journey To Wholeness in this book, my prayer for you is that you grow in His love, that you mature in His compassion, and that you begin to manifest His living reality in your relationships with others.
May 24, 07:00
A student from China, 2 individual students from NSW and a group of 15 students in NSW are studying "Strategies for Spiritual Harvest" from the "Missions" stream. The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." All over the world there are born-again believers who are perishing. No, they are not perishing in sin. They have accepted salvation through Jesus Christ. They attend church services, read the Bible, and may even be leaders in the church. But they are dying spiritually. Their lives as believers are routine. There is no spiritual excitement. They have no goal or purpose. They have no vision. The vision of which we speak is not what is visibly seen in a trance. It is not natural vision. It is a spiritual vision. If you feel empty spiritually... If you long to be used of God, but do not understand your part in His plan... If you feel there is something more to Christianity than the routine into which your life has fallen... Then finding the vision is your answer! God is taking spiritually dead men and women and making them spiritually alive. The vision is providing new meaning and direction for living. It is uniting the Body of Christ, the true Church, in common purpose. The course will lead you through four steps to achieve the vision: Visualization: In which the vision will be identified. Conceptualization: In which you will learn the concept of purpose behind the vision. Objectification: In which you will learn objectives for fulfilling the vision. Expectation: In which your expectations will be fulfilled, as you become part of the vision.
May 24, 06:57
A Victorian student selected three books to study at once. Two from the "counselling" stream and one from the "Church" stream. Counselling: "I want to be like You, Dad" "Human Development" Church: "Unsung Heroines"
May 24, 06:53
A student from Qld is studying "Walking in the Spirit" from the "Doctrine" stream. Walking in the Spirit, in the awareness, the blessing, and the counsel of God is the desire of every earnest Christian. It was no mistake that the desert loomed large in the lives of the prophets of God, who lived for his presence. Jesus also withdrew into the desert, endured the temptations of Satan and came out again empowered by God. The desert has a way of concentrating the faculties, of making one aware of the overwhelming enormity of God in his omnipotence. The stars loom large and luminous in the night sky. Blazing with the glory of God, far away from city lights and polluted air that would dim their shining, they press down on the soul. They are an illustration of God’s greatness and our smallness; our dependency; our isolation from the cosmos. Little wonder men and women streamed into desert regions to get closer to God, many spending years in contemplation, only to realise finally their obligation to return to the world of men and fulfill the command of Christ to feed, clothe, heal, and teach. In this busy modern world it has become increasingly hard for Christians to find the time and the isolation to meditate on the things of God. Too many allow themselves to be caught up with the seemingly important, necessary, even urgent tasks of their lives leaving aside the essential, fundamental task of getting to know God intimately. But if we can discipline ourselves to spend the necessary time we can be constantly aware of God even in the midst of our busy-ness. In the gospels we see Jesus daily drawing aside for communion with his Father so he could say, I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say (Jn 12:49-50) We too need to live in this dimension so that we can truly say, ‘We are Christians who walk in the Spirit.’ In this book, ‘Walking in the Spirit’ is examined from many different aspects concluding with teaching on ‘The New Man.’
May 24, 06:51
The flexibility of study allows students to complete their course at their own pace. Although most students complete one subject before ordering the next, some students prefer to obtain more than one at a time. A NSW student completing his "Diploma in Biblical Theology" deciding to obtain the following 10 subjects at once: The Cross & The Crown; Christian Life; Equipped to Serve; Blood Covenant; Strong Reasons; Faith Dynamics; Royal Priesthood; When the Trumpet Sounds; Authenticity & Authority of the Bible; and Clothed with Power.
May 24, 06:42
A student from NSW is studying "Basic Bible Survey New Testament" from the "Biblical Studies" stream. The many references to the Old Testament by Jesus during His earthly ministry illustrate the importance He placed on knowing the content of the Scriptures. Because Jesus stressed the importance of God's Word to the men He trained we present this course, "Basic Bible Survey," as part of its training program to equip men and women to reach their nations with God's message. Volume One of "Basic Bible Survey" introduces the Bible and discusses its translations and various versions. It presents an overview of Biblical history, geography, and life in Bible times. It also teaches outlining skills and presents an outline for each book in the Old Testament. This manual, Volume Two, continues the study with an outline for each book in the New Testament. Information presented on each Bible book includes the author, the people to whom the book was written, the purpose of the book, the key verse, a list of main characters, and an outline of the content. A Life and Ministry Principle is also stated for each book. These principles are basic truths vital to Christian maturity and ministry which you should seek to incorporate into your own life. Helpful charts, maps, and time lines summarizing important facts in condensed form are also included in both volumes of "Basic Bible Survey."
May 24, 06:41
An individual student ion Qld as well as a small group of 7 students in Qld are studying "Basic Bible Survey Old Testament" from the "Biblical Studies" stream. The many references to the Old Testament by Jesus during His earthly ministry illustrate the importance He placed on knowing the content of the Scriptures. Because Jesus stressed the importance of God's Word to the men He trained, Harvestime International Institute presents "Basic Bible Survey" as part of its training program to equip men and women to reach their nations with God's message. "Basic Bible Survey" introduces the Bible and discusses its translations and various versions. It presents an overview of Biblical history, geography, and life in Bible times. The course provides an outline for each book of the Bible and teaches outlining skills for expanding these basic outlines into more detailed studies of God's Word. Information presented on each Bible book includes the author, the people to whom the book was written, the purpose of the book, the key verse, a list of main characters, and an outline of the content. A life and ministry principle is also stated for each book. These principles are basic truths vital to Christian maturity and ministry, which you should seek to incorporate into your own life. Helpful charts, maps, and time lines summarizing important facts in condensed form are also included in this course. The course is divided into two parts: Part One: Provides introductory material on the Bible and outlines for the books of the Old Testament. Part Two: Provides outlines for the books of the New Testament. "Basic Bible Survey" is a companion course of "Creative Bible Study Methods" which teaches various ways to study the Bible. Both courses are designed to enrich your personal study of God's Word.
May 24, 06:39
A student from NSW is studying "Addictions Counselling" (previously called "Substance Abuse") from the "Counselling" stream. In this book we are going to cover the most important aspects of counseling effectively with people that are suffering from substance addiction. Further, we are going to look at many of the controversial issues and treatment models that go along with substance abuse: the disease model, versus the sin model, versus the social model. Some important statistics falling under the heading of etiology (the science which describes how diseases begin) are worth consideration. The latest statistics indicate that 87% of all Americans are raised in a dysfunctional family. Thus, a very significant amount of the American population have suffered from some sort of severe psycho-social trauma in their upbringing. People do not want to admit these problems. They include divorce, abuse of various kinds, being raised in an alcoholic or drug addicted family system or being raised in a family where one or both parents were mentally ill. These life circumstances can cause a great deal of difficulty for people. Even if the parents were not alcoholics, if personal primary needs were not met, any person can fit into the category of being dysfunctional. One primary manifestation of this pattern of dysfunctional family interaction is the increase of alcoholism and drug addiction. There is probably not a family in America that is not immediately impacted by the abuse of or addiction to drugs and alcohol. We all know people that have been or are presently addicted to some type of substance or compulsive behavioral patterns that enables them to “survive” life. However, these learned dysfunctional behaviors do not help any of them to function adequately in life as a whole. Almost all families have at least one member usually hidden “in the closet:” a homosexual, drug addict, alcoholic, habitual criminal behavior, etc. To achieve a better understanding of this dynamic of dis-ease in family life we are going to look at the natural mind, family dynamics and the psycho-social medical models of substance abuse along with their treatments. Further, we will investigate the scriptural revelation on substance addiction and abuse, co-dependency as well as provide a broadened theological framework for treatment and ministry to the abuser and the family. Substance abuse is but one of many forms of compulsive behavior where people attempt to meet legitimate needs in illegitimate ways. Our responsibility as spiritual leaders in a world of physical pain is to minister God’s grace and mercy with knowledge and understanding to the wounded, especially for those caught in the destructive pattern of alcohol or drug abuse.
May 24, 06:34
2 students from NSW are studying "Marriage & Family Life" from the "Counselling" stream. Marriage is a union of two people, deeply in love and committed the idea that they will continue in this state of bliss through all the trials and triumphs successes and failure, joys and pain that will come to them in life. So often, too often the Living is replaced by duty, the romance of loving lost in the "contentment of relationship", and the laughing gives way to the hurly burly of getting through the day. It aught not to be so. We can, we should we must realise the early dreams of "Living, Loving, Laughing" Our society has attempted to define marriage in ways that can not be defined by biblical record: marriage is an institution ordained by God. Basically, the Christian view of marriage is not that it is primarily or essentially a binding legal and social contract. The Christian understands marriage as a covenant made before God and in the presence of fellow members of the Christian family. Such a pledge endures, not because of the force of law or the fear of its sanctions, but because an unconditional covenant has been made. A covenant more solemn, more binding, more permanent than any legal contract. Marriage is a relationship between man and woman intended by God to be a monogamous joining, intended to be a permanent bond in which many needs are satisfied - the need to love and be loved, the need for deep friendship, for sharing, for companionship, for sexual satisfaction, for children, the need to escape loneliness. Marriage ought to be a bond of love, reflecting the love Christ has for his people, a bond of sacrificial love where husband and wife have become one. You may have a slightly different interpretation of what marriage is all about. In reality most of us come into the marital relationship with certain specific beliefs and expectations in regard to what marriage is. As frightening as this may sound, most of us learn about marriage by living in our own family of origin. It is there that we have observed our own mother’s and father’s marriage relationship. Whether we admit it or not, we carry within our minds a definition of marriage, a belief system of what marriage is about, with subsequent roles and expectations that we think our partner and we ourselves should fulfill. All of these make marriage a potentially exciting and wonderful experience, yet potentially detrimental and destructive. From these definitions we develop a philosophy of marriage and family. This foundational belief is rarely challenged prior to saying, “I do”. Thus, most enter marriage with a romanticised view that is all too quickly destroyed by life’s realities. Unless our basic beliefs and philosophy have been successfully modified by God’s word and practical realities, we are destined to repeat certain ingrained patterns that we are convinced are “truth”. In rebuilding (or building) a solid Christian foundation, we must begin by understanding a biblical philosophy of marriage and goals for marriage.
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