Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) Announces
2008 Annual Conference – The Addict in Us All
Addiction sounds ominous, and it is. Addictions to drugs, alcohol, and gambling tear families apart and ruin lives. But this conference is about more than the junkie scoring dope or the alcoholic hiding vodka around the house. Even the average person gets stuck in negative behavior patterns. Overeating, shopping, sexual temptation, people’s approval, even love…everyone struggles with something. And everyone faces moments of despair and thinking that change is not possible.
Is it possible to change longstanding behavior patterns? The faculty and counselors at CCEF believe that God can change the despairing and the stuck—no matter what they are struggling with. CCEF’s 2008 Annual Conference “The Addict in Us All” slated for November 14-16, 2008 at the Valley Forge Convention Center and November 13 Pre-Conference hopes to accurately represent what God says to stuck people and those who want to help them.
Keynote CCEF speakers and noted authors Drs. Ed Welch, David Powlison, and Tim Lane, along with Mars Hill Church Senior Pastor/ best selling author Mark Driscoll will lead the weekend to explore how God pursues those who have given up all hope for change. A team of experienced biblical counselors, including CCEF faculty, Dr. Mike Emlet and Winston Smith, will lead general sessions and special sessions on topics that include Addicted to “Yes”: The Approval Junkie; Addicted to Love; Teens and Addiction; and This Is Your Brain on Drugs.
We are delighted to have Keith and Kristyn Getty returning again this year to lead worship. The Gettys continue to tour the world promoting their album, In Christ Alone. www.gettymusic.com.
Since 1968, CCEF has set the pace in biblical counseling teaching people how to explore the wisdom and depth of the Bible and apply its grace-centered message to the problem of daily living.
For registration details visit www.ccef.org and click on “Annual Conference” or call 1-800-318-2186
With Joshua Harris (we’re the same height, but he has a bigger head!):
With C.J. Mahaney (I aspire to always preach the cross like C.J):
With Eric Simmons (maybe I could be a hip singles’ pastor like him one day?):
“Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.”
He is God’s final revelation.
He is the heir of all things.
He is the creator of the world.
He is the radiance of God’s glory.
He is the exact imprint of God’s nature.
He upholds the universe by the Word of His power.
He made purification for sins.
He sits on the right hand of the Majesty.
He is God enthroned forever with the scepter of uprightness.
He is worshiped by angels.
His rule will have no end.
His joy is above all other things in the universe.
He took on human flesh.
He was crowned with glory and honor because of his suffering.
He was the founder of our salvation.
He was made perfect in all his obedience by his suffering.
He destroyed the one who has power of death, the Devil.
He delivered us from the bondage of fear.
He is a merciful and faithful High Priest.
He made propitiation for sins.
He is sympathetic because of his own trials.
He never sinned.
He offered up loud cries and tears with reverent fear and God heard him.
He became the source of eternal salvation.
He holds his priesthood by virtue of an indestructible life.
He appears in the presence of God on our behalf.
He will come a second time to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.
He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
From T4G’08 Session VII: John Piper – How the Supremacy of Christ Creates Radical Christian Sacrifice (at ~57min mark)
Today was the last day of the T4G conference. I didn’t post last night since I was sick with some sort of cold/flu infection that has left me barely able to speak. I tried to get more rest last night, though I was tossing and turning, going to the washroom constantly in the middle of the night and sweating lots from the fever. I woke up in the morning feeling slightly more rested, but still I could barely speak.
Nevertheless, I toughed it out and went to the last couple sessions of T4G to hear John Piper and C.J. Mahaney preach. The Lord blessed my soul through the words of these godly men of the Word: Piper exhorting us to suffer and go outside the camp of comfort; Mahaney calling us to joyfulness in our ministry and not just faithfulness.
All the mp3s of the messages have been posted here. Visit Tim Challies’ blog for session summaries & photos. And check out these videos that T4G has produced already:
From Day 1:
I have few words to explain what happened today, especially tonight. My first time at a Pastor’s Conference, and I cried at least twice — on the first day. The Holy Spirit is certainly working through the speakers, enabling them to truly and clearly expound God’s Word to the 5,000+ of us men (and some women). Soli Deo Gloria!
Here’s Challies on today’s sessions:
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