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FRIDAY, April 13

5:30 - 6:30 pm
Eat dinner with your friends and family in the Great Hall
Reserve your meal when you register
6:30-8:30 pm
Program with Dr. Cox

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

8:30 - 9:00 am
Coffee and a light breakfast will be available
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Program with Dr. Cox


Program

Everyone has at least one area of their life where they struggle to change. Be it a stubborn sin, an emotional  burden or spiritual dryness, all of us can feel stuck when it comes to changing.  Join us as Dr. John Cox leads us in an exploration of How to Change.

Session One - Roots and Fruits: Why is it Hard to Change?

We will explore why we struggle.  Most of the symptoms and problems we have are simply fruits of the real issue, and one of the reasons we struggle with changing is that we are trying to change the fruit without addressing the heart issue. To begin changing, we must understand the heart and how it creates the problems we face.

Session Two - Inside Out: The Building Blocks of Growth

What do our hearts need in order to function well?  How do injuries and deficits contribute to our struggles?  How does sin contribute to our problems?  We will begin unpacking the basic spiritual and emotional heart functions that need to work well in order for us to grow.  This talk with focus on the issues of closeness and love, as well as learning about power and freedom.

Session Three - Building Blocks and Stumbling Blocks

We will continue to learn to understand our hearts, both in what God created us to need, as well as how our sin contributes to our pain and problems.  We will look at how shame and loss affect us and how to get a handle on our emotional life.

Session Four - Growing Together:  God's Plan for Heart Change

Ever notice how you can know something in your head, but it doesn't change how you feel inside? The secret to heart change has to do with the power that relationships have to change that inner gut feeling. The reason that God calls us into fellowship with one another is that our hearts transform through healing relationship.  We will address how this works and how we can build life-giving relationships, through which, we can grow.

 

OUR SPEAKER: DR. JOHN COX

Dr. John L. Cox is a clinical psychologist and has been in practice at Live Oak Psychological Associates for 28 years in Jackson, MS. He received his B.A. in Psychology and English from the University of Mississippi and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Cox received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in Los Angeles. He has been married for 33 years to Norma and has 3 daughters. He is also a deacon at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson. Dr. Cox specializes in individual psychotherapy with adults as well as marital therapy, parent consultation and therapy for adolescents and children. In his free time, Dr. Cox loves to cook and sail.