Does Thin Equal Beautiful – Ed Welch

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Their Mission: Since 1968, the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation has set the pace in biblical counseling. We teach people how to explore the wisdom and depth of the Bible and apply its grace-centered message to the problems of daily living. Simply put our mission is to: Restore Christ to Counseling and Counseling to the Church.

Restore Christ to Counseling. We have a passion for personal change that is centered in the person of Christ. We have seen him bring significant change to individual lives. This passion is our heritage and heartbeat, and it leads us to constantly revisit the question, “How do the riches of the Gospel impact my life and my efforts to help others?” Everything we do flows from our desire to equip Christians to live and love in a Christ-centered way.

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This message, “Does Thin Equal Beautiful”  by Ed Welch, was given at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, in DC. Ed Welch is a faculty member at CCEF and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a Neuro-psychology specialty from the University of Utah as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. He is also a faculty member at Westminster, teaching Practical Theology.  Ed has been counseling for over 27 years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling including, When People are Big and God is Small, Addictions: a Banquet in the Grave, Blame it on the Brain?Depression, and his newest book Running Scared. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and two grandchildren. In his spare time Ed enjoys hanging out with his wife and playing his guitar. Areas of interest/experience: depression and addictions.

Message Description: Our body image gets at the core of how we view ourselves, and in turn, how we feel about our worth as persons. Christians and non-Christians both agree that this issue of how we view our bodies is in fact a significant issue. It affects everyone; including the women in our congregation. How we respond to these issues of body image and beauty have contributed to many women struggling with a variety of destructive behaviors. Some of these behaviors are obvious, like those associated with eating disorders. Others are more subtle, like obsessively counting calories or weighing ourselves. Either way, these behaviors on the surface can reveal much deeper struggles taking place at the level of our hearts. Are we possibly treasuring beauty as defined by the world and pursuing the idol of attaining that beauty? How should we as Christians think about beauty and our bodies? Is there a way for us as Christians to care for our bodies well while seeking to treasure Christ above all things?

We want to see that the gospel deals with everything, including food and the related issues. We want to have confidence that God cares about these issues in our lives and also be confident that the Spirit will be walking with us as we wrestle with and walk through these things.

Our culture has lost its heart — it is all about appearance. We are stuck in a culture that advertises that appearance is what truly defines us. Does thin equal beautiful? Yes, it does, in the culture in which we live. For women, it is not a joking matter and it’s not funny. How do we respond to that? The scripture offers something else to us — listen here to find out. This message is so encouraging and well worth the 30 minutes of your time. It cuts right down to the core of the heart issue and beauty and offers Biblical counsel to those struggling with body image. Even if this is an issue that you don’t struggle with, it’s still worth listening to as it draws our hearts to the beauty of Christ.

“Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” -Psalm 34:5