He Will Deliver Us: Christ-Centered Counsel After Combat
Veterans are more numerous than most any other portion of the population. Every congregation likely has one or many. Of the 23 veterans that take their lives daily, how many were in a pew on Sunday? How many pastors or members of their local church body knew the war that was being waged silently for the heart and soul of this veteran? How many families are falling apart because of the battle warriors are facing that only begins on American soil? If you talk to pastors, sit in seminary classes, counseling programs or other ministries being championed by the local church there is a gaping hole in the ministries of almost every one of these churches staring right at them and it is once wore dog tags, combat boots and kevlar. Veterans are in desperate need of the few thing churches have to offer that no doctor, government agency, therapist or fraternal organization can offer; The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the care of a local congregation and a pastor who knows that though they may have some tangible physical needs that can only addressed by medicine, they have the ability to minister The Word of God that is the only salve for the soul.
As a Marine, a veteran, and one who knows the power of The Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am writing He Will Deliver Us: Christ-Centered Counsel After Combat to shine light upon this urgent issue that must become a priority for local churches lest we turn a blind eye to some of the people and families that need the gift we have received the most.
My preliminary outline is below and a topical introduction and thesis is available here
He Will Deliver Us: Christ – Centered Counsel After Combat
Why Counsel After Combat?
(Intro/Thesis with quantifiable statistics of veteran data and issues)
What Are Veterans Facing After Combat?
PTSD and Moral injury
Fear and Anxiety
Depression and Loss of Purpose
The Human Brain, Physical Symptoms and Neurology
Christ-Centered Counsel after Combat
Gospel Gap: A Review of the resources and treatments that do not offer healing to the heart
Gospel Hope: Victory, Peace and Rest for the warrior’s soul
From Depression to Desire – Training the Heart toward the Glory of God
Forgiveness by Faith – Understanding the Providence, Sovereignty and Grace of God
The Resurrection Reality – The Person and Work of Jesus Christ offers a real sense of safety and comfort both physically and spiritually.
Christ-Centered Counseling for Combat Vets
A Note to Pastors
A Note to Congregations (will a believing combat veteran please stand up?)
A Note to Friends and Families
Afterward: He Will Deliver Us, An encouragement to my believing brothers in arms
Stereotypes, Military Culture and Things to avoid when counseling vets