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July 8, 2010

New Bible Study Guides Provide Hope and Help for Overcoming Difficult Challenges

When we face tragedies and other challenges, we search for answers. Thankfully, even when the challenges are from modern epidemics like eating disorders and self-injury, the ancient wisdom of the Bible can provide real hope and help. That’s why we have added seven new lessons on subjects ranging from loneliness to substance abuse to the site.

The new lessons were written by caring experts in these fields, and they address real needs. Consider the subject of self-injury or cutting, for example.

The numbers are staggering! It is estimated that more than 2 million people in the United States are self-injurers as they try to cope with being or feeling overwhelmed. The actual numbers are undoubtedly much larger because most acts go unreported.

Dr. Scott Hoefker, a professional counselor in Omaha, Nebraska, begins the new lesson “Self-Injury—Understanding and Overcoming It” by sharing this personal experience:

“Several years ago I was a member of a local fire department in a town in southern Wisconsin. One evening we responded to a residence where several teens had been partying, and one had been severely injured due to self-injury… I will never forget the emotional gamut that I went through being one of the first to arrive on the scene and view what a young girl had done to herself… I began to ask myself, ‘Why would anyone do this to himself or herself?’… The reason for the injury became clearer as I began to understand why people feel this release is needed.”

The lesson provides education about the many types of self-injury and some of the core emotional and spiritual issues that contribute to this problem.

All of the lessons use modern and biblical stories and scriptures to provide relevant and helpful answers. The lessons also include a practical “Apply Now” section and links to professional and biblical resources.

Here are links to the other new lessons:

We want these lessons to be relevant, engaging and life-changing, and we welcome suggestions for future lessons or for improving the lessons.

Feel free to let others know about these new Bible Study Guide lessons. We appreciate your prayers that these lessons can be helpful to many people facing these challenges.

Mike Bennett—Editorial content manager

July 7, 2010 - Posted by | Home Office, Media and Communications | , ,


  1. I am really happy you are addresses these issues. Thank you Fran Schuster

    Comment by FRAN SCHUSTER | July 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. This is “sort of” on thread in terms of “challenges;” admittedly I don’t have a password to get into the UCG members’ prayer area.

    Macon/Columbus, GA UCG Pastor Ken Martin was in a car crash this afternoon, while on his Sabbath circuit — heading from the morning service in Macon to the afternoon service in Columbus. Thankfully, his injuries are not major.

    I’ve just come from the E.R. at a Columbus hospital. The Pastor told me as he recalls, his car rolled across a highway twice (some witnesses apparently say three times)when he adjusted for driving a touch too close to the edge of the road.

    X-rays are pending on his left shoulder (the shoulder belt side), which he says has a lot of pain. Pastor Martin was wearing a neck brace, but was able to walk and talk relatively fine. His head is scratched and blood-stained, but thankfully there’s nothing worse than that.

    The Pastor was by himself in the car (should I add physically?!), as his wife was home with a grandchild. The afternoon service didn’t know what had happened when he failed to arrive by the end of the sermonette. A break in the service was called, then some cell phone calls were made to learn his situation. (We prayed for his health during the break.)

    Praying for a full recovery….

    Comment by Richard | July 10, 2010 | Reply

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