Tribute to Bob Tobey

Last Sunday, July 29, Bob Tobey went to be with the Lord. Bob was a friend of Chuck Solomon and a Biblical Counselor at the GFI office in Indiana for many years.  One of the men who entered into victory through Bob’s ministry is Don Higgins. Don had traveled to seek help in Indiana during a personal crisis in mid 80’s.  After his breakthrough, Don  began Crossways to Life in Kitchener, Ontario; many people in Canada can trace their discovery of  identification with Christ through Don and ultimately Bob. (Their site is www.Crosswaystolife.org) That’s how God can multiply fruit through people who trust Jesus as Savior, Lord and Life!

Counseling Theory and the Scriptures

A new book has been published that critiques major secular counseling models from a biblical perspective.

“Counseling Theory and the Scriptures compares major counseling theories with the principles in the Scriptures on the belief that a biblical perspective of worth and value is essential for those searching for meaning and purpose. Clearly a chasm exists between psychology and the Scriptures relating to the primary “cause and effect” of the human condition. This book is a tool for individual counselors, students in counseling programs, faculty in Christian education, pastors, church staff and interested laypersons.”

Authors: Rick Surley, M.A. is a Board Certified Clinical Psychotherapist and owner of New Beginnings Christian Counseling Clinic in San Antonio, Texas.  Roger Alliman, M.A. was a founding officer for Rapha and has taught at Colorado Christian University.

This volume also recognizes man as spirit, soul, and body. The text is available at
www.counselingtheoryandthescriptures.com

Workshop endorsements

We have added some comments about the Workshop at the GFI web site / Training page. Remember, the next one is scheduled for August 15-17, 2012 in Pigeon Forge, TN.!

Comments from participants:

[I benefitted most from:]

  • “Videos of examples and reinforcement of basic information and how to present it. Excellent.”
  • “The in-depth discussion of specific topics”
  • “Clarification of the diagrams as well as the practice sessions”
  • “Repetition and practice led to learning quickly and gaining ability to be used”

“The Cross is the Answer to people’s emotional problems.”

“Personal application was helpful and facilitated working with and meeting other participants.”

“Words cannot express that I have learned and experienced.”

“This workshop has been very educational and inspiring. We have been truly blessed by it. It not only demonstrated but also illustrated the total life of Christ. This has been a spiritual adventure and our lives have been changed through this workshop. The Instructors were very knowledgeable and wise in teaching. Thank you very much.”

“I was able to deepen and broaden my understanding of the exchanged life; I learned an effective counseling model that can be used to help others. Outstanding and comprehensive as presented – well organized, interesting, excellent presentations.”

“All the concepts were helpful. Nothing was missing. It could not have been presented any better than it was. Thank you so much for helping me to understand the Exchanged Life and my new identity! I now have the tools to study and practice to be able to tell others how to experience Christ’s life of victory, peace and freedom. I will continue to pray for you your team, and Grace Fellowship International in the ministry God has placed you in.”

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Conference Now Available Via Webinar

The GFI Exchanged Life Conference is now available by on-demand webinar.

Access to view the six one hour sessions by Dr. Charles Solomon and Dr. John Woodward and PDF conference manual and can be ordered at the GFI online store. Now view the conference without the travel costs (for less than half the price of the conference DVD album).

The conference will still be conducted as a live event. (The next one is August 13,14th in Pigeon Forge, TN.)

How to Be a Child of God

David Howell has published an evangelistic booklet titled, How to Be a Child of God. We are delighted that this presentation also includes the other dimension of the Cross–the believers co-death with Christ. It also reveals the potential of victorious living with our new identity in Him. See a new online video edition here: http://vimeo.com/44145743

Taught by the Holy Spirit

Just a note to say thank you, Dr. Solomon, for sharing the truth in your message today. I will pass this on to my Pastor as it is good truth! I am thankful that the Holy Spirit taught me from the beginning and still does, or I would be a mess…but He never gives up on me and He keeps teaching me, and we are changing. Praise His Holy name. Thanks again,

– Emily and J. S.

Tract Translation Projects

Perfecto Mumar, a GFI missionary in the Philippines, is ready to print the Wheel and Line tract in Tagalog. $300 will be needed to provide 6000 copies.

In Nepal, T. is completing the editing the GFI tract. He wrote an introduction and simplified it to make it more user friendly in a non-Christian environment. He can get 10,000 copies for $300. He will be training people for Nepal and Bhutan; he is also fluent in Hindi so he could expand and do some training in India in the future… He is planning a counseling/training center there, and I believe his wife is also trained in counseling; he now has a Ph.D. in psychology and teaches in university and pastors a church.

The church in Burundi wants [GFI staff member] to come and conduct a crusade there next month…. I am hoping he could combine that with a trip to Rwanda to reduce the travel expense.

Martin in Myanmar wants to print the GFI tract in his first language, Mizo (he already has it translated), but only 60,000 speak that language; and we have it in Burmese. However, if we get an excellent contact in Mizoram, a bordering state in India, it might be strategic to have it in the language. Mizoram is the Mizo kingdom with about 1 million speaking the language. Martin is still trying to get it translated in Lao which is the only language lacking on the southeast Asia peninsula.

International tracts are available online at http://www.gracefellowshipintl.com/pg/47.html

Contributions for GFI missions projects through contacting GFI online http://www.gracefellowshipintl.com/pg/37.html, by phone, or mail.

-CRS