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I am pleased to share with you new episodes of IBCD's Hope + Help Podcast. This re-launch kicks off four months of new weekly podcast content designed to offer gospel hope and help for life's challenging problems. I am so thankful to God for the opportunity to host these conversations, and pray that they are a blessing to you and the people that you share them with.

This weekend, I travel to Savannah, GA to deliver three talks at a women's conference. Because I've been immersed in message preparations for the event, this week's email is brief. Yet, I want to let you know that the new show notes pages for the podcasts contain not only related resources offered by the guest who appears, but ALSO related resources that the IBCD has to offer. This means that when you see a podcast episode released on a topic of interest to you, we've done the "leg work" of tracking down other helpful pieces of biblical counseling content related to the discussion. So please do click the links below and explore the show notes pages—they are a valuable resource to you as you strive to grow in Christ and serve one another in truth and love.

On a lighter note, I had the joy of meeting author and previous Hope + Help Podcast guest Nancy Guthrie this past weekend while attending one of her highly coveted biblical theology workshops for women. Tickets to these events sell like hot cakes! I am very grateful for the time Nancy spent with us on the podcast last fall to talk about hope + help for grief care. If you missed the conversation and want to check it out, you can access the audio and show notes at this link.

Thank you to those who are helping to spread the word about the launch of my mini-book! I plan on sharing more about it next week once this conference gets done with my full attention. Praying this week's resources serve you well and equip you in Christ!

Until Next Week,

Pre-Orders Now Available for Help! My Teen is Depressed

If your teen is battling depression, you may be feeling helpless and hopeless. Perhaps you’re slowly coming to the realization that you have no idea how to rescue your child from the darkness he or she is in.

Christine Chappell knows from experience that there are no quick and easy solutions, but here she provides biblical wisdom and encouragement to offer hope for the hopeless teen and help for the helpless caregiver.
Available in paperback and eBook format.
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Kicking Off the "Hope + Help Podcast" at IBCD

As the podcast completes its transition from the Hope + Help Project to IBCD's Hope + Help Podcast, this episode features a discussion between IBCD Director of Communications Ann Maree Goudzwaard and podcast founder Christine Chappell, exploring the various ways biblical counseling has personally impacted Christine's life and ministry. She candidly shares her history with IBCD, having once been a counselee at its Escondido offices, and explains how adopting a biblical view of her struggles with depression helped her persevere through seasons of deep sorrow.

Ann Maree and Christine also discuss what God-oriented goals look like when walking through counseling issues, and the dangers of adopting a "fix it" mentality when scrambling for answers to challenging problems. They also reflect on some of the redemptive benefits of Christine's journey, sharing how the Lord redeemed her past experiences in order to comfort her child in the midst of sudden illness. Listen to this interview to learn more about the vision of IBCD's Hope + Help Podcast!
Stream Episode & Access Show Notes Here

Hope + Help for Loving Messy People with Scott Mehl

In this episode of the Hope + Help Podcast, host Christine Chappell interviews Scott Mehl about his new book, Loving Messy People: The Messy Art of Helping One Another Become More Like Jesus. During the conversation, Scott shares why interpersonal ministry in the local church isn't restricted to paid professionals and trained experts. Additionally, he helps listeners to better understand God's good design for one-another care and offers some reasons why Christians often balk at the call to enter into the messy lives of other people.

Scott also serves listeners by outlining a basic structure of gospel care—explaining why it's necessary for helpers, strugglers, and sufferers to have God-oriented goals when thinking about how to navigate their problems—and addresses practical ways churches can equip their leaders and congregation to care for one another well.
Stream Episode & Access Show Notes Here
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