Putting Your Past in Its Place: Moving Forward in Freedom and Forgiveness

Putting Your Past in Its Place: Moving Forward in Freedom and Forgiveness


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Lives grind to a halt when people don’t know how to relate to their past. Some believe “the past is nothing” and attempt to suppress the brokenness again and again. Others miss out on renewal and change by making the past more important than their present and future. Neither approach moves people toward healing or hope.

Pastor and biblical counselor Stephen Viars introduces a third way to view one’s personal history—by exploring the role of the past as God intended. Using Scripture to lead readers forward, Viars provides practical measures to

  • understand the important place “the past” is given in Scripture
  • replace guilt and despair with forgiveness and hope
  • turn failures into stepping stones for growth

This motivating, compassionate resource is for anyone ready to review and release the past so that God can transform their behaviors, relationships, and their ability to hope in a future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736927390
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 247
Sales rank: 649,201
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Stephen Viars earned his DMin degree in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and has served as a pastor and biblical counselor for more than 20 years at Faith Baptist Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana. He serves as the president of the board of the Biblical Counselors Coalition, the vice president of the board of National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the United States and abroad.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Robert Kellemen 11

Section 1 The Power of the Past

1 Can You Hear the Wheels Spinning? 15

2 Your Past Can Be One of Your Worst Enemies 31

3 Your Past Can Be One of Your Best Friends 47

4 You Can Learn to Put the Past in Its Place 63

Section 2 Dealing with the Hurts of the Innocent Past

5 Bad Things Happen to Good People: Another Look 81

6 Authentic Suffering: Reaching into Bucket One 99

Case in Point One-Receiving and Then Providing God's Comfort: A Picture of Authentic Suffering 118

7 Authentic Suffering and the Sustaining Gospel 129

8 Humble Analysis: Reaching into Bucket Two 143

Case in Point Two-Facing the Need to Confront: A Picture of Humble Analysis 158

9 The Joy of Forgiveness 163

Section 3 Handling the Guilty Past

10 Joyful Remembrance: Reaching into Bucket Three 179

Case in Point Three-Learning to Embrace God's Forgiveness: A Picture of Joyful Remembrance 194

11 The Person of Our Joy 201

12 Honest Self-Confrontation: Reaching into Bucket Four 215

Case in Point Four-Facing a Calloused Heart: A Picture of Honest Self-Confrontation 232

Epilogue: A Front-Row Seat in Theology Class 237

Notes 245

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