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  • #6432

    garyslavin
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    After you have listened to the lectures for each lesson you need to post a comment about something that you found interesting. You also need to post a follow-up comment on two(2) other students comments on the lectures. (If there are no other students comments in the topic then you only need to post your own comment).

  • #7309

    coopertlc123
    Participant

    Lesson 1 This was a good recap of Soul Care 1. Dr. Crabb establishes that as God is an eternal community, (Trinity) and relates perfectly therefore we must see that relationships should be central to life. We need to understand what is happening inside peoples lives and how the Spirit is working if we are to gain an understanding as to how we can actually provide soul care.

  • #7310

    coopertlc123
    Participant

    Lesson 2 I never thought about dividing the soul problems into the three categories. 1) Brain/soul problem which is a problem that is mostly a physiological condition relating to the brain and secondarily a soul problem. 2) Soul/brain primarily consists of soul problems which somehow relates to how our brain is functioning and to our brain chemistry. 3) Soul concerns are the most common and is as it sounds. Problems within the soul.

  • #7311

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 3 As we were created in God’s image and God is an eternally relational being, then we must be able to relate. We must first relate and establish some sort of relationship with God and others, if we are to hope for peace and joy in our lives.

  • #7312

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 4 We all have a yearning for self surrender which is desire, passion and we also move only toward what we desire. this indicates we desire something greater than ourselves to give ourselves to. In the core of our soul is a desire for eternity. We tend to move toward things we think will lead us to fulfillment of our desires, however we often aim our desires too low. We are unaware of what we really desire the most which is soul satisfaction.

  • #7318

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 5 The Bible says our capacity to perceive is corrupted and foolishness is wound up in our hearts. When we look at data and draw conclusions and those conclusions are not correct; changing those conclusions requires us to renew our minds. The understanding of our capacity to perceive is paramount to understanding people and their problems. Our behavior and emotions grow out of our perceptions. In some ways we can say perception is reality. So we are meeting with someone that is perceiving the meaning of what they are experiencing in life, draws conclusions and comes up with beliefs based upon the perceptions. This causes the person to make decisions and take actions based upon those conclusions. We must understand that perception if we are to be of any help.

  • #7320

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 6 Proverbs tells us that foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child. Genesis tells us that every child is born in sin and foolishness in that the inclinations of their hearts are evil. Soul care is not the practice of technique, it is the release of the gospel. You are a fool if what you gain does nothing for your soul. There are seven stages of development of foolishness.
    1) Naïve foolishness which exists from the first day of life to one year old. There is an innate desire born within us to move away from God.
    2) Learned or shaped foolishness takes place between 2 and 5 years of age and specific patterns are learned and shaped from relationships that provide happiness or sorrow. You begin to learn how to make life work without God.
    3) Practiced foolishness is between 6 and 12 yrs of age. This is the time our relational world begins to expand and we try out and practice and try out what has been all ready learned and shaped within us.

  • #7322

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 7 The remaining stages of foolishness are:
    4) Disillusioned or disappointed foolishness, ages 13 through 18, which occurs as we begin to realize what we used to do to attempt to provide happiness isn’t working. We then begin to shift our strategies and become vulnerable to sex, drugs, and many other avenues of attempts of fulfillment.
    5) rearranged foolishness, ages 19 up to 30, we begin to realize that we have to begin to take care of ourselves with bills to pay, a wife, children and etc. We then formulate a plan as to how we are going to achieve these perceived necessities. We look at where we are at, decide where we want to be, and formulate a plan as to how we are going to get there.
    6) Stable foolishness, ages 30 to retirement, we either have developed a safe, comfortable, relatively trouble free life and we are content to continue without the real need of God. If God is recognized it is only as a token and not really taken to heart or seriously. The other option is the person that hasn’t found the stability but spends the rest of their life trying to achieve what they think is important, stability. Satan’s masterpiece is the person who is satisfied with their world without God and satisfied with the resources they have to make things work. The Spirit’s masterpiece is someone that is aware of their the evil in the world and not happy about it. Someone who struggles a lot and cries out to God with recognition and acceptance that God is the only path to true satisfaction.
    7) bankrupt foolishness, from retirement until death, you have tried everything you could and nothing has worked. basically you live the last years of your life without hope and spiritually broken and bankrupt.

  • #7325

    coopertlc123
    Participant

    Lesson 8 The third of the four capacities we possess is the capacity to chose. many people feel they have lost their sense of freedom and feel trapped in their unfulfilling lives. They can not make things happen in their own interior world so it is not the way they want it to be and they cant do anything about it, they feel stuck and don’t have a clue as to what they can do to make it different; they are dry, hurt, weak and do not possess the strength to make what they think should happen,… happen. The positive aspect here is that when people are feeling this way it is an indication that the Spirit is moving in their soul.

  • #7326

    coopertlc123
    Participant

    Lesson 9 If we are going to develop a change in our churches, communities and ourselves it will begin with genuine, soul caring curiosity. Curiosity about each other and our spiritual desires to truly connect with the interior soul of each other. If we are to be successful with soul care, we must feel the genuine curiosities of where someone is in their life right now, what are they chasing, what have they in their foolishness determined is more necessary than God? What goals do they place above a relationship with God? What direction is this person going in? Where have they placed their sights and what are they trying to achieve that will only lead to disappointment? We must also face ourselves and embrace our inadequacies so that we can then embrace the power we have in us through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and the Grace of God.

  • #7333

    coopertlc123
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    Lesson 10 Most of us are trying to make a better life for ourselves and many methods are utilized including Christianity. Christianity is not about a better life experience on Earth, it is about having a better hope by which we can draw nearer to God. The real issue isn’t where we are at right now but where are we heading? We have the capacity to desire, to perceive, to choose, and to feel. The core of most peoples lives have been corrupted in that they have taken these capacities, which have been corrupted, and turned them from Godly worship and servanthood to fellow man and turned them towards somehow getting a better life. We can not nor will not ever have that better life that stirs our deepest desires because that desire is also corrupt. We can only fulfill the deepest desires of our soul through the grace of God from salvation, sanctification, repentance, and a lifelong effort to acquire grace upon grace by humility and faith.

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