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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.  E-mail: aninterface@hotmail.com
Having Other Gods
THE EVIL OF SANTA CLAUS   
Commentary By Robert DeWitt
   Since the secular world has chosen the fictious story of Santa Claus, and makes this apparition their god, and seeks to minimize the Lord Jesus from the center of the Christmas scene, we can be thankful for some Christians who endeavor to keep the nativity scene prominent.

   It may come as a startling statement to some people, but the fairy-like figure known as Santa Claus is a representation of an apparition for evil, I believe. Though fairly well understood by adults to not exist in person, it is acknowledged by some people as a real spirit. It is evil, because indulging this fantasy imitates, demeans, dishonors, and usurps God, I see.

   This creature called "Santa" is set forth as a god-like being who can be everywhere at once, and knows what we are doing and thinking; and he will not give rewards if one is "naughty". He is shown as one who blesses good and admonishes bad behavior. This awful lie violates the first and second commandments of God (Deut.5:7-8). I dare say that those professing Christians who participate in this mockery and idolatry will have to answer to our Almighty Creator for it.

   This subject speaks of the evil ways of Satan who would turn minds away from God to accept man's god of pleasures and foolishness. Parents promote all this when they speak of such a one, and encourage their little children to believe the lies, while saying "it is all in fun with no harm".

   It is not only offensive to our Creator God by robbing Him of the glory due Him, but teaches the lesson to children after they begin to see Santa is not a real person, that any god we choose is alright; and some  souls may then grow up believing anything you can't see is a myth. This opposes the gospel of Christ and turns people from spending any time reading the Word of God --- to their eternal loss.

   Some people speak of "good will toward men", though with no thought of God who is the giver of all good, and they frolic about fun and self-indulgence, and even mockery of the true God of all creation. We are warned: "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God" (Heb.10:31).
   We need to consider also that even the acclaimed account of one called St. Nicholas going about to do good for poor children in days of old, should be disregarded. The history shows he was a religious "Bishop" in Russia and considered there as "the protector of children" - Webster's Dictionary. His spirit is regarded by some people as working today. It is wrong to exalt such a one as akin to deity and seek to emulate him as working today. It only sets forth a man and makes him the object of a national celebration, and one to emulate instead of our Creator. Christians should keep their children away from the myths, and esteem the Bible account of the birth of God's Son (see Luke 2).

   This writer has said before and continues to allow, that one might well pause to remember the birth of Jesus Christ and give emphasis to the fact that "unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given"  (Isa.9:6) ---"the Prince of peace" and Hope for the world. Saints of God would do well to read with their family and friends the account in Luke, chapter two, on the special evening set. It is of no consequence that we do not know the date of the birth of Jesus Christ, but if the world in any measure sets a day to honor the coming of the "Savior of the world" (John 4:42; 1 Tim.4:6-10), that is profitable---forbid them not. Evil voices, however, will always work to pollute and corrupt God's testimony; and professing believers in Christ must stand resolutely against the fantasies, and be glad to tell forth that story of old of the glory of God in Christ Jesus. Saints of God can surely allow the special day to remember the coming of HOPE from God to this poor world, and even be pleased to seize the moment to be a good witness, without participating in the folly.     - RLD: GP02; 11/06; add: 12/18.


ADDENDUM: Thankfully the Son of God and only Savior of the world, is yet allowed to be displayed in nativity scenes, but the world prefers to give the "old saint Nick" the prominent place and teach children that he should be given thanks for his gifts and blessings. That corruption of the Bible story of the redemption for mankind, is understandable by the deceit of Satan, but how very sad to see deceived souls not pausing to remember what our Creator-God has provided for the eternal blessings of man. May God reach the hearts of many at this designated time of the birth of Christ, to read the story of the love of God to save souls from eternal condemnation. - RLD.