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People and nations may be blessed by showing honor to God (1 Sam. 2: 30);  and such shall be judged one day on how they regarded Him (Matt. 25: 31-34);  however, blessings and mercies should not be viewed as salvation of the soul, and the Gospels must be regarded.   Let us "earnestly contend for the faith"  (Jude 3)
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Christian Counsel Collection
CCC Subjects
By Robert L. DeWitt - Update 11/11 

INTRODUCTION
Due to volume this CCC listing is limited to subjects rather than individual papers, so readers can choose a subject that is of some interest to them. Various papers and discussion on a subject can be sent, and of course correspondence about clarification and additional subjects is always welcome. 

In requesting a subject here, please also state the category where it is listed (e.g. R-Gospel, etc.), or state your particular interest, or request any other subjects of interest. Please note that the writer makes no claim to know all things about God's Word and His mind, but is happy to share what he has been given through the years and can appreciate. –RLD  

Christian Counsel Introduction (paper on purpose of this ministry)
A Threefold Foundation (thoughts on John 14:6, which seem to encompass Christian experience)
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REDEMPTION WAY:  This concerns God and His ways with man from the beginning to the end. It is about heaven, salvation, eternal life, blessing, man's course, judgments; the Lord's sacrifice, coming reign, kingdom, glory and purposes for man, etc. Some general subjects addressed are shown here, and readers might have others. Readers might also compare with ministry under Correspondence and Miscellany.

Redemption – Gospel – RG  concerns that primary hope of God's redemption for man, and about the way of salvation and eternal life. It sets forth the way to be saved and assured of heaven, and speaks also of the urgency of it, and the certainty and danger of condemnation in hell forever, if one neglects so great salvation.

R-Gospel -Subjects (good news of salvation): 1.Thoughts about believing; 2.Understanding salvation; 3.Hindrances; 4.Following Jesus; 5.God's view; 6.Original sin; 7.Assurance of salvation; 8.Eternal security; 9.Urgency of the gospel; 10.How to be saved; 11.Hope; 12.New birth; 13.Spiritual states; 14.The good life; Etc.  
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Redemption – Prophecy – RP  is foretelling what will happen in the end times concerning God’s coming judgment on man and this world , the translation of the church, conditions in the world, etc.

R-Prophecy -Subjects (future conditions & events): 1.Coming judgments; 2.Signs of the end; 3.Rapture (translation of the church); 4.Meaning of Babylon; 5.Christ's return; 6.Conditions on earth; 7.Eternity; 8.Studies of Revelation; Etc.  
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Redemption – Kingdom - RK  concerns ministry about God's plan and purposes for mankind and the world from the beginning; and time for man, existing conditions, eternal state. 

R-Kingdom -Subjects (overall work & rule of God): 1.God's plan for man; 2.Origins & creation; 3.Good Samaritan picture; 4.A second chance?; 5.Lordship of Christ and His reign; 6.The Bride; 7.Hades & Hell; 8.Satan and his end; 9.Heaven; 10.People of God; 11.Manifestations of Christ; 12.Eternal blessings; 13.Sin from Adam; 14.Time for man; 15.Christianity; 16.Changing times; 17.The kingdoms; Etc.  
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Redemption – Miscellany & Thoughts - RM  are general papers about the process of redemption for mankind, and some thoughts toward the world. Benefits are explained and views are presented as to meanings of such as grace, eternal security, the soul of man, sin, our standing and state, etc.

R-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters & issues): 1.Feelings & faith; 2.Eternal security; 3.Redemption process; 4.Profession & possession; 5.Grace thoughts; 6.Person & work of Christ; 7.Chosen in Christ; 8.Birthright; 9.Sin in man; 10.John 14 thoughts; 11.Choices to believe; 12.Standing & state; 13.Perfect Christians; 14.Spirit & soul; 15.Knowing God; Etc.  
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Redemption-Correspondence - RC  are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters, which respond to questions and concerns.  

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CHURCH TRUTH:  This is the sphere of light and obedience, and God's counsel and expectations for the saints. It is about such as baptism, the gathering of believers and collective testimony locally and worldwide, unity of the faith, Godly walk, the Lord's glory and honor, etc. Some general subjects addressed are shown here, and readers might have others. Readers might also see ministry on these subjects under Correspondence and Miscellany.

Church Form & History – CF, CH is about the establishment of the church by God, the form, the purpose; some history in general, and much about the revival of the early 1800's known as the "brethren movement". It includes the innovations of men, failure, divisions and sectarianism which have corrupted God's testimony; God’s recovery in revival. See also letters about these matters.  

CF-Church Form -Subjects (the beginning & God’s intent): 1.Understanding God’s church; 2.Basic scriptural form and expectations; 3.Viewing the church; 4.Truth of “one body”; 5.Purpose and testimony; 6.Foundation guide; Etc. 

CH-Church History -Subjects (collective failures, divisions & recovery): 1.Apostolic and post-Apostolic church; 2.Religionists and persecutions; 3.Gospel revival and early Christian gatherings; 4.Church truth recovery; 5.Divisions & sectarianism; 6.Defenders of the faith; 7.Brethren movement; 6.Church status & condition; Etc.  
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Church Assembly & Life – CA, CL does not speak about government so much as expectations of God for His purposes and testimony, unity, the welfare of the saints, and pleasing God. It concerns Christian life within the assembly according to the Word, and the responsibilities of all for the good of all and God's honor. 

CA-Church Assembly -Subjects (proper assembly processes, functions, & meetings): 1.Ground of gathering and Reception; 2.Gathering thoughts; 3.Remote gatherings; 4.A scriptural assembly; 5. Meaning and obedience of baptism; 6.Lord’s table and supper; 7.Various meetings as Acts 2:42; 8.Holiness; 9.Appreciating the “one body”; 10.Unity; 11.The priesthood of believers; 12.The gifts; 13.Fulltime servants; 14.Elders-overseers; 15.Balanced ministry; 16.Applying the Word; Etc.

CL-Church Life -Subjects (assembly fellowship): 1.Examining self; 2.Participation; 3.Fellowship and social activities; 4.Godly care and assistance; 5.Honoring God; 6.Shepherds and helpers; Etc.  
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Church Government & Order -CG, CO  speaks of the scriptural way --- corrections, and governmental actions within a Godly testimony; setting forth essential understandings and maintaining the truth locally in order and honor to God.  

CG-Church Government -Subjects (assembly responsibilities): 1. Maintaining God’s testimony, and the unity of “one body”; 2.Resolving problems; 3.Corrections as Mt. 18:15-20; 4.Avoiding and judging evil; 5.Collective judgments; 6.Esteeming Scripture and church truth; 7.Judgments in other assemblies; 8.Honoring other assemblies; Etc.
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Church Miscellany & Thoughts - CM  includes general information and views about the church in the world and thoughts about God's intentions and expectations for the collective testimony; some priorities, features, effects, and things not listed under other titles in the Christian Counsel Collection. 

C-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters, issues & thoughts): Considering baptism & circumcision; Woman's calling; 21 principles; Old paths; Perfection; Priorities; God's testimony; Fund. of faith; Self-evaluation; How divisions occur; A church view; True expression; Church age; House churches; No more divisions; Back to basics; Ideas about church; Israel in typology; Naming the church; Some comparisons with sects; Etc.
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 Church Correspondence – CC  are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters.  

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SPIRITUAL LIFE:  There is a new life in Christ which God expects us to live, not after our own ideas, but in holiness, communion and conformity to Him for blessing. Some general subjects addressed are shown here, and readers might have others. Readers might also see ministry on these subjects under Correspondence and Miscellany.  

Spiritual - Faithfulness -SF  refers to the importance of believers being faithful and devoted to Christ; and about the rewards and commendations in heaven, blessings, the right ways, etc.

S-Faithfulness -Subjects (devotion, honor, & trust): Abiding in Christ; Crowns; Devotion; Peace & joy; Struggle of Job; Understanding faith; Blessings; Right things; Trouble of heresies; Carnality & vanity; Five fundamentals; Communion; Etc.  
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Spiritual - State - SS  speaks of spiritual maturity, and learning patience, forgiveness, responsibilities, and growing in conformity to God and learning His mind, etc. 

S-State -Subjects (growing in our soul): Learning holiness; Dependence; Forgiveness; Spiritual maturity; Wiles of Satan; Fullness in Christ; Growth process; Rewards of obedience; Report card; Overcomer; Etc.
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Spiritual - Trials - ST  is about trials and their purpose; enduring with a right attitude, understanding trials and trouble for a believer; and appreciating why God allows them for a saint. 

S-Trials -Subjects (understanding & living a trial): Times of trouble; A State of soul; Handling difficulties; Overwhelmed with life; Etc.  
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Spiritual - Worship - SW  concerns attitudes about communion with God, prayer, and praise; and speaks of the Lord's supper as collective worship as well as personal devotions. God indwells believers by the Holy Spirit as a temple prepared by God, besides dwelling in the midst of His gathered company. 

S-Worship -Subjects (from the heart): Worship & worshipping; Attitudes of prayer; Lord's supper; Etc.         
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Spiritual – Miscellany & Thoughts - SM  is general papers not covered in other sections. It addresses various spiritual subjects to show degrees of spiritual matters, and contrasts carnal reasoning with that which is of God and beyond the understanding of natural men. 

S-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters & issues): Issues of life; No offense; Counsel of God's will; Liberals & conservatives; Ambassadors of Christ; Leprosy & leaven; Image of God; View of sacrifice; Seeing no evil; Spiritual powers; A vortex; Etc.
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Spiritual Correspondence - SC  are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters.

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GENERAL MINISTRY: Some other ministry and thoughts concerning Christianity, God's ways, Bible studies, and eternal truths are presented for consideration here. Readers might also see ministry on these subjects under Correspondence and Miscellany.  

General - Bible - GB  About the Bible and lessons. Subjects include such as versions, study, harmony of God's Word, the books, balancing the Word, meanings of Scripture, etc. 

G-Bible -Subjects (he Biblos -the Books): The inerrant Word; Bible versions; Searching the Scriptures; Old & new testament differences; Israel and their religion; Christian balance; The unlearned; Spiritual gifts; Revelation studies; Regeneration; Seven churches; Genesis considerations; Appreciating the Word; Etc. 
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General - Deity - GD speaks of deity, the trinity, beliefs in a supreme Creator, etc. 

G-Deity -Subjects (appreciating the Godhead): Trinity; Pursuit of belief; Marvel of the trinity; God everywhere; The Creator; Origins; Etc. 
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General - Philosophy - GP are thoughts on such as humanism and religious ideas of men. 

G-Philosophies -Subjects (man's reasoning): Humanism; Various beliefs about life; Thoughts on origins; Santa Claus; Wizards; Etc. 
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General - Sects & Cults - GS  are about various sects formed by professing Christians; and cults by agents of Satan.

G-Sects & Cults -Subjects (Christian & Satanic): Extremism; Elitism; Apostasy; Pentecostalism; Nee-Lee movement; Promise keeping; Calvinism; Tongues; Denominationalism; Campbell movement; SDA in brief; Mormon doctrine; Roman Catholic Religion; Laodicea & sects; Ravenism; Etc. 
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General - Young Believers - GY is ministry and subjects especially for new believers in Christ. Readers might also see ministry under Correspondence, Miscellany, and other titles that applies to young believers and youth.

G-Young Believers -Subjects (young in the faith & some practical things): Boy-Girl relations; Experimental acts; Marriage; Careers; Coping with life; Dangers; Etc. 
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General – Miscellany & Thoughts - GM addresses general information and subjects about honoring God, Christianity, God's people, Christendom in general, God's mind and purposes, etc.

G-Miscellany -Subjects (some related matters & issues): Study subjects; Recommended readings; A missing day; Christian burial; The age factor; First steps; Marital abuse; Tithes; Life courses; Marriage inventory; Divorce; Mental health; Christian service; Association with sin; Head coverings; God's standards; Exercising our will; Faithful defenders; The dispensations; Israelites; About angels; About truth; Stress & burdens; Doers of the Word; The priesthood; The common good; Darby & Luther; Within & without; Standard bearers; Ministry schools; Training a child; Etc.  
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General Correspondence - GL are letters on many of the above subjects and other matters. 

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SUMMARY: It seems so very important to maintain a balance in these things. Believers often become so occupied with one area that the others are neglected. It not only is personal loss, but harms the universal testimony. The monthly editions at the Bible Counsel web site show most of the CCC available papers on various subjects over time (see www.biblecounsel.homestead.com). One can always request commentary on Christianity or other biblical subject. -RLD  
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Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet,
And a light unto my path

[Psa. 119:105]
Some thoughts here on understandings and viewpoints, and letters on Christian life and some information on godliness and living for God.  See also CHRISTIAN COUNSEL COLLECTION listing below to find various papers on biblical issues. 
In Search Of Serious Seekers
Commentary By Robert DeWitt,  2009;  add: 04/17

When one considers the thousands of professing believers in Christ in the world, one should reasonably expect that a vast majority would be found devoted to Jesus Christ, with much desire to know and hold fast the Word of God. We would expect differences in some minor matters, but not as concerns essential truth regarding redemption, the church, and spiritual life. Why should there be such variety? If we are all using the same Bible and know the same God, how could we be so divided, so at variance, and so indifferent to the universal unity God intends (e.g. I Cor. 12:25)?

What I find as I interact with many professing believers, read various religious statements, and see the religious activities throughout christendom, is something most revealing of a very sad and lamentable trend. Much of the trouble appears to be in failure to what is suggested above as a reasonable expectation. Here are some questions to consider:

1.   Professors --not real believers? Not all who profess to be Christians and believers in Christ are real and sincere to the faith (Matthew 7:21; and chapter 10:37-38; chapter 22:8-9) ---not "born of the Spirit" and thus do not know the Lord, as shown in John 3 and 1 Jn.5:10-12 in the Holy Bible. They are professing believers academically and not in spirit by faith and a relationship, and would like blessings, but without surrender of their will; and kind of like the curious disciples of Christ who followed along for a time, but loved their independence. When the Lord put serious questions to them they turned away (John 6: 66). They are often received into church groups along with true believers, by worldly Christians there and given the same place or status, and may even become leaders there.

2.   Ignorance --not reading the Word? Many in Christendom do not hold fast the Bible because they are carnal and do not study it, and do not know what God expects as in real Christianity; and they simply listen to what their friends and favorite preachers tell them.

3.   Indifference --lacking essential interest and understandings? Many professors cannot discern between essential church truth and non-essential matters of conscience, and that is due to not being an earnest seeker in a relationship with God in His truth.

4.   Vanity --enjoying variety and personal ideas? There is great variety among many Christians, I believe, because there are many who value their own innovations, preferences, popular reasoning, and their entertainment more than what God says.

5.   Pleasures --seeking more pleasing ways? Some souls, even some real believers are turning from the reliable Authorized (King James) Bible Version, and are reading poor renderings of the Bible that are made simple and sound good to them, and miss the fullness of the mind and truth of God.

These all are lacking true devotion, who enjoy the benefits of Christianity but are not thankful, don't have a heart for God and His beloved Son, nor care for His honor and glory. They are not seekers after eternal truth, but popular acceptance and appearance of faith; and it seems that "unity of the faith" as God enjoins all does not appeal to them, which requires a dedication and devotion to God's true testimony worldwide ---including redemption way, church truth, and spiritual life; and God's honor through His "beloved Son" for the good of all. 

This paper may get the attention of some professing Christians who may feel offended at this and defensive, but then I wonder what kind of explanation they might give for all this lack of devotion and unity in the universal church as God clearly intends.    -RLD

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