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A CHALLENGE – CAN YOU SEE THE REAL PROBLEM COMMON TO ALL THESE FIVE CASES?

In Jay Adam’s book “The Christian Counselor’s Casebook” he gives an outline of 105 cases and then asks the reader how he would deal with them – with no “correct” answers provided!
A group of us struggled for several weeks trying to find the best way of dealing with them. I wrote out “model answers” that were a summary of all our suggestions for distribution at the next meeting.
We had dealt with his first five cases, and one day I happened to have all the “model answers” set out in front of me. As I read through them in order, it gradually dawned upon me that there was a common theme, a root cause of all these problems. Once I realized that, solving the problems was simple.

CAN YOU SPOT WHAT IS THAT COMMEN PROBLEM TO THEM ALL?

5 CASES

(1) Middle aged woman - on phone - commit suicide - “Pistol at my head”

(2) Christian married couple wanting divorce - “No love left for each other”

(3) Both Christians - wife leaving him - out of the blue - Rarely argued - he was easy going, asked little more of her than make meals, wash clothes, keep house. He read newspaper, watched TV.

(4) Both Christians but owed money to all. He could not hold down a job. Last good job - resentment towards his employer and workmates - had a row and stormed out.

(5) Bright seminary student - spent 3 days in prayer - God spoke to him - “Go to Africa” - rushed out - no ticket but tried to board plane going to Florida he said was going to Africa.

When you think you can see the same root problem in all of these cases, set out briefly how it is demonstrated in each of the five cases. Then email me with your answers - head it "TBC Five Cases". To email me click on -

Click here to email me direct - mb@mbowden.info

I will reply with an analysis of how ALL these cases, seemingly so very different, are ALL basically rooted in the same problem.



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