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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
KNOWING GOD'S WILL
Thoughts By Sam Ludvicek
We will not be able to arrive at a clear understanding of Gods will, if we have unjudged and unconfessed sin in our lives. “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:” (Psalm 66:18). If we have unjudged and unconfessed sin in our lives, Gods will for us is to deal with the sin. We are to Judge it, confess it and repent of it; then when we are restored, we can seek Gods will about other matters.

In Proverbs 3:5-6 Scripture tells us what our heart attitude should be when we seek Gods will. “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.”

“If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). If we are first willing to do his will, then we will know the doctrine, teaching, instruction, direction and purpose God has for us in any given situation.

When we pray and ask the Lord to help us make the right decision, we've already taken the first step in what is a multi-step process. “I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies" (Psalm 119:125). Next, we need to determine in our heart that we will believe and accept God's answer, even if it's contrary to our own reasoning or desires in the matter. In other words, we need to sincerely want Him to give us direction according to what He knows will work out best for us, and everyone else involved. Lastly we need to listen and pay attention because the Lord will show any willing, sincere, and godly Christian what his will is. "Your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying this is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). 
Let us boldly come before the throne of grace to make our requests known unto the Lord, and then by faith determine to keep the eyes and ears of our hearts open to see and hear what the Lord has to say about the matter. “…it was revealed in mine ears by the LORD…” (Isaiah 22:14).

Being willing, without knowing is the hardest thing, because it requires that we surrender our own will to God in favor of His. Once we have done that, we are in a position to receive His answer. If we sincerely ask God to show us what His will for us is, in any given situation, He will show us and He will do it through one or more of the following ways:
Number 1: God's Word As It Is Written. The first place we look to know the will of God is in His words recorded in the Bible. “…not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual" (1 Corinthians 2:13). “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us…” (Deuteronomy 29:29). “Stablish thy word unto thy servant...” (Psalm 119:38). He has put the basic answers to nearly every question or problem we will face in life right there. WHEN GOD SAYS IT, WE KNOW IT'S RIGHT! Some things are plainly written and we ought not be praying about it. If God has already given us the answer in his word we have only to obey. For example, we would be foolish to ask the Lord if it was ok to steal. Many like things are plainly written and we already know his will about them. “…thy word is truth...” (John17:17). “…my heart standeth in awe of thy word” (Psalm 119:161). In it, we can know his revealed will. “…by taking heed thereto according to thy word” (Psalm 119:9). Gods word can show us the way. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Psalm 119: 105). “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding...” (Psalm 119:130). The Spirit of God will teach us and guide into the truth. “…the Holy Ghost…shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John14:26). “…that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;" (Colossians 1:9).

Number 2: The Voice of God's Word Applied By The Spirit. “Order my steps in thy word…” (Psa.119:133). Have you ever been reading the Bible when all of a sudden a verse or passage spoke directly to you, as though it had been written just for you in regard to some situation you face? “…the Spirit of truth…he will guide you into all truth:” (John 16:13). “…the Holy Ghost…shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John14:26). The Lord applies His Word to us personally, and through it we get the answer we were seeking. “…it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost…” (Luke 2:26). “…things which God hath prepared for them that love him…God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,” (Hebrews 11:7).

Number 3: A Word Fitly Spoken. God also speaks to us through our brothers and sisters in Christ. Sometimes a fellow believer may be conversing with us, and something they say will speak to our hearts. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). When such messages are truly from God, they won't contradict His written Word. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). It’s wonderful to be able to get our answers through a fellow servant of Christ and then confirm those answers with Gods Word, because then we know we're on the right track and can proceed in full faith. Sometimes when we hear a servant of God preaching, it will seem as though they are speaking directly to us. This is another way God speaks to us. 

Number 4: Godly Counselors. The Bible tells us that "in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14; 24:6). When you're trying to find God's will in a given situation, it is often wise to ask for the counsel of others who are strong in the Lord, wise in His ways, and whose lives show the good fruit of following Him closely. When we get council from our fellow believers, we still must evaluate it by the word of God to determine its correctness. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20). 

Number 5: Circumstances and Conditions or what we might call open and closed doors. If something is God's will, He will usually open a door of opportunity that makes it possible. Or if something is not His will, He will often allow circumstances and conditions that stop us from doing it. Circumstances and conditions, when relied on solely, are a very poor means of finding the will of God. Hindrances put in our path may be from the enemy, because he wants to deter us from doing the Lords will. They can however, be a means of confirmation, of what the Lord has indicated through the other more reliable means. “…Satan hindered us" (1 Thessalonians 2:18). “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9). “…a door was opened unto me of the Lord," (2 Corinthians 2:12).

Number 6: Strong Impressions or Burdens. Feelings alone can be deceiving, but if God wants us to take a certain course of action, He will give us an inner conviction by the Spirit that it is the right thing to do. Or if He doesn't want us to do something, His Spirit will give us a warning not to. Either way, He will give us a certain faith and peace that we are doing His will. “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated…” (James 3:17). “…Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ" (Acts 18:5). “And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.” (Acts 21:4). “And the Spirit bade me go…” (Acts 11:12). “…they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.” (Acts 16:7).

Number 7: Be Ready To Hear A No From God. When all is said and done, we need to give the Lord an opportunity to clearly tell us no! If we are truly willing to do Gods will, upfront, before we know what it is, he will make his will clear to us even when the answer is no. “…there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me…For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9). “Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.” (Acts 16:6-7).

Number 8: Wait Until You Have Peace. Finally if the Lord does not give us peace about the matter we are asking Him about, we ought not go forward until we have it. “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

We need to always remember that God loves us and is always ready, willing, and able to help us make the right decision. The right decision is the one He knows is the best for us in the long run. Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened for you" (Matthew 7:7). That's a promise!  

- S.L.: from Christian Truth Magazine - Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, IL; 01/08