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ThyKingdomComma.com is a Christian Living Blog and Podcast Dedicated to Applying God’s Word to Everyday Life.

    May I See Your ID?

    May I See Your ID?

    All of us carry around some form of ID. If you were asked to show your Identity in Christ, what would be on it?

    • 19 min
    7 Principles for Joking with Your Kids

    7 Principles for Joking with Your Kids

    All of us can probably remember a time growing up when a grown up tried to joke with us but the joke fell flat, or everyone laughed at us, or we felt lied to. What principles can we apply when joking with our kids?

    • 17 min
    Feeling Lost: When God Brings You to Your "Well, What Now?" Place

    Feeling Lost: When God Brings You to Your "Well, What Now?" Place

    40 years old and sitting by a well, no doubt feeling lost in the middle of nowhere, he had no clue what to do next. Sound familiar?

    • 12 min
    What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus?

    What Does It Mean to Follow Jesus?

    We hear a lot about “following Jesus” but what what exactly does that mean? And what does it cost us? What of ourselves do we get to keep, vs what is offered to him? Must we really give up everything? If so, why?

    • 15 min
    6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture

    6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture

    Just because we are Christians, we are not insulated from life’s problems—if anything we may have more of them! That’s why it’s important we know how to counsel ourselves biblically to persevere and to work through them. Last time we talked about how to specifically use Scripture. Today we’ll look at ways that Bible-based, but not the Bible itself.



    We can think of today's episode as the flip side to last week's episode, 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself.







    Table Of Contents* 6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture* Read the Puritans* Read Charles Spurgeon* Read “Dead Guys” * Read Jay E. Adams* Read Christian Biographies* Read “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan* A Few Quick Caveats



    Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”



    6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself Outside of Scripture



    Read the Puritans





    A Divine Cordial by Thomas Watson





    The Mission of Sorrow by Gardiner Spring





    The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (a summary here)





    Read Charles Spurgeon



    Read “Dead Guys”



    Their works have had a chance to stand the test of time. Probably hundreds of examples could be given, but three I discovered last year are: Thomas Fuller, Adolphe Monod, and FB Meyer



    Read Jay E. Adams



    Jay Adams has written over 100 books and countless articles. Even if you don’t think you will ever “counsel” someone in your life I recommend his book Competent to Counsel because a) it will help you understand the history of modern psychiatry/psychology and b) at some point you will counsel yourself c) you may “disciple” someone, and much of what is in here can be helpful to disciple another believer.



    Read Christian Biographies



    Read “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan



    A Few Quick Caveats



    * Be discerning. If you don’t know if someone is a trusted resource, Ask your pastor. Ask the Lord give you discernment if there’s anything you’re reading that isn’t a good person to be reading.* Don’t be put off if a book has older language and is harder to read. Be willing to take up the challenge. Ask the Lord to help you. One of the best things you can do for yourself—and others—as you grow in Christ is be able to read something written a hundred or more years ago. And, if it just isn’t working, look for a version of it in updated modern English.* I’m a bookworm, but I know that’s not for everyone. Visit sites like SermonAudio.com or illbehonest.com to find good audio or video resources.

    • 14 min
    6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself

    6 Ways to Biblically Counsel Yourself

    "Why would we need to biblically counsel ourselves?" one might ask.



    Anger... Fear...Worry... Anxiety... Disappointment... Feeling overwhelmed... Depression... Despair...



    Sound familiar? These are just some of the emotions that can seem to pounce on us for no reason at all, or for perfectly rational reasons.



    What are some ways believers find hope and guidance in Word of God in such circumstances? What are some ways we can apply God's Word to biblically counsel ourselves in such moments?







    Table Of Contents* Show Notes* Notes & Links* 6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself



    Show Notes



    Taking our cue from David's conversation with himself in Psalm 43:5, we’ll answer those questions today on Episode 002 of Thy Kingdom Comma.



    Episode Number 002



    Title 6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself



    Notes & Links



    “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.” Ps 43:5 (HCSB)

    David counseled himself! Instead of “Assess, Develop, Do” it might be easer to think of it as 3-R’s:



    * REFLECT - Ask “Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?”* REMEMBER - “Put your hope in God”* RECOMMIT - “For I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.”



    6 Ideas on How to Biblically Counsel Yourself



    * Read the Bible … A LOT* Is there a promise(s) you can claim?* Is there a command to be obeyed?* Is there a “put off / put on” opposite behavior to start doing?* Is there an example in the Bible you can look to? The Bible is FULL of examples, such as... a) We just looked at David in Psalm 43 b) Joshua “Be strong and courageous” c) The nation of Israel in the OT (1 Corinthians 10:1-6,11)* Memorize Scripture - Make “deposits” in the bank so you have



    *Note: I’m indebted to so many people whose books I’ve read over the years to help me think of these six methods (there are probably many more). This is only meant to scratch the surface. -AR



    Jimmy Hamilton - Evangelist and Itinerant Street Preacher in Scotland



    The subject of fear is addressed so much in Scripture that we can see that since the fall, it is a major issue. We fear every day, every single one of us. It is only lunatics who never fear. The antidote, of course, is faith in God, to fear him. “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).Excerpt From: Jimmy Hamilton. “So You Want to Be a Street Preacher.”



    Check out the Book Review of Jimmy's “So You Want to be a Street Preacher” here on Thy Kingdom Comma



    For more “put off/put on” language see Ephesians 4:21-23, 5:18; and Colossians 3:8-10



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