Understanding Our Struggles Package


This package was created as an additional resource for those in the Counselor Training Track. However, we believe anyone wanting to understand these issues better would benefit from the lessons. Anyone is welcome to purchase this course. The package includes all of our topic lessons - Addiction, Anger, Codependency, Disappointment, Grief and Loss, Marriage, Separation and Divorce, Pornography, Sexual Abuse, Shame, and Spiritual Abuse. Get all 10 lessons plus a bonus Anxiety lesson.


01 Addiction
02 Anger
03 Anxiety
04 Codependency
05 Disappointment
06 Grief
07 Marriage, Separation & Divorce
08 Pornography
09 Sexual Abuse
10 Shame
11 Spiritual Abuse


When you enroll in this course, you receive access to download the audio lessons, teaching outlines and further resources. For the best learning experience we recommend that you just listen the first time through, take notes the second, and then the third time through reflect on the content and how it is applicable to you or to the person you are counseling/trying to encourage.




“It is amazing how Joe opens up each topic of human struggle with such richness in just a one hour lesson. He lays a framework that offers great clarity to think about each issue deeply and thoroughly. Although the series is part of the counselor training curriculum, I think each lesson stands alone and is great for personal reflection as well. I find myself reaching for these lessons for encouragement, and enjoying them over and over again. Highly recommend!” Angela

“Joe offers practical knowledge and applies biblical wisdom in an uncommonly easy to understand approach. Not only have I learned about myself, I feel equipped to take others through positive life change. His lectures and notes are easy to follow and well organized. I’ll refer to these notes for years to come.” Kim


Understanding Yourself

Discover the root of why we do what we do and develop better strategies for being a great lover--of ourselves and others.

Understanding Relationships

Understand what makes relationships strong and great, and what destroys them. Grow in your ability to love and enjoy the important people in your life.

Preparing for Marriage

How to get a great start on the adventure of marriage, or, Building a strong foundation for a life-long marriage

“I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” - Brene Brown

“We must learn that the world is a place of abundance, not scarcity. The mantra of “not enough” becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pocket to the people we love or the value of our own lives. It becomes the reason we can’t have what we want or be who we want to be. But it’s not true!” - Lynn Twist

“Redemption does not mean that God meets our needs and then our souls stop longing. No, redemption does not eradicate desperation. Instead, redemption allows us to surrender. And God doesn't want something from us. He wants us.” - Sharon Hersh

“We should not ask to do great things for God, but to do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa
“Do you know what it’s like to be rested? Truly rested? This is what I’m finding, every day, every hour: there is a way of living that is so sweet, so full, so whole and beautiful you’ll never want to go back once you’ve tasted it.” - Shauna Niequist
“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.” - Brene Brown
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” - Brene Brown
“We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.” - Brene Brown
"We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions." - Brene Brown
“Our world desperately needs wise, skillful practitioners of the cure of souls.” - Dallas Willard
“A shepherd counselor is not a doctor whose primary task is to take away pain…the main task of the shepherd counselor is to prevent people from suffering for the wrong reasons.” - Henri Nouwen
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” - Philo
“The deepest convictions of our heart are formed by stories and reside there in the images and emotions of story…..Life is not a list of propositions, it is a series of dramatic scenes.” - Brent Curtis
“Here is something very simple about relationships….Nobody will listen to you unless they sense that you like them.” - Donald Miller
“Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.’ “ - Henri Nouwen
“When we accept our complete belovedness, we stop judging ourselves and other people; as a result, other people begin to feel safe with us.” - Henri Nouwen
“Human beings who give themselves to relational greatness—who have friends they laugh with, cry with, learn with, fight with, dance with, live and love and grow old and die with—these are the human beings who lead magnificent lives.” - John Ortberg
“The litmus test of spirituality is not the absence of conflict; conflict will not disappear until we die. The litmus test is how we handle it. Conflict is inevitable; resentment is not.” - John Ortberg
“There are few joys in life like being wanted, chosen, embraced. There are few pains like being excluded, rejected, left out. At the core of of Christian community is the choice between exclusion and embrace.” - Miroslav Wolf



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