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Advent as Grateful Waiting for God’s Gift of Spiritual Companionship

Advent as Grateful Waiting for God’s Gift of Spiritual Companionship

  Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a… American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Christian Counselors await the birth of Christ, like all Christians.  Advent is thus a time of waiting and preparing ourselves as the patriarchs of old awaited the coming of the Messiah. Spiritual reflection, fasting and good works are an important element of Christmas, especially during the Advent season where we

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A Christian Counselor’s Perspective on the Dangers of Pornography

  By Chris Chandler, MA, LMHC, CSAT-C , Seattle Christian Counseling, PLLC References “Wired for Intimacy” by William M. Struthers, Ph. D. What’s so bad about porn? American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: A very good article from a Christian Counselor about the evils of pornography–the supposed victimless sin. The reality is as the Chris Chandler points out, it objectifies the particpants as well as men and women in general who perform in these vile acts.  It also defiles the intimacy of the sexual union and makes sex a sport instead an act of love. The people themselves commit fornication

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Pope Francis’ Stunning Critique Of Capitalism

Pope Francis’ Stunning Critique Of Capitalism

  (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny”, urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Evangelli Gaudium by the ponitff, Francis, should not surprise many.  Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII also condemned many capitalistic aspects of greed. Trickle down economics though really touches the nerves of many Conservative Capitalists, namely Republicans, who have for the longest time said it works. Not according to the Pontiff. While only

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Giving Thanks to God: Losing a National Tradition

Giving Thanks to God: Losing a National Tradition

  As we, once again, approach this national day of “thanksgiving” I thought it necessary to reflect upon our nation’s long history of acknowledging and giving thanks to the Almighty God. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: A good article about the need to be thankful to God from two of our greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  In times of stress and grief, these men would issue how as a nation we should be thankful and pray to God to continue to bless our nation. Today, people are becoming more secular and forgetting the purpose of Thanksgiving and

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Philippines typhoon aftermath: Religion as solace

  The day after the typhoon, Father Edwin Bacaltos stepped out of the compound of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in central Tacloban and began his work. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Where was God admist such suffering and pain?  This is a good question and even Christians in moments of despair, feel the need to call it out.  It is human nature to question and become frustrated but like Job, we must find true understanding. If our life revolves around a contract with God instead of a covenant, then we do not truly love him.  

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When Pope Francis was put on laundry duty

  Opinion by Chris Lowney (CNN) — Every day, millions of Americans perform a task that epitomizes Pope Francis’ leadership style: They do the laundry. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: A very good article and lesson from the Pontiff about humility, sacrifice and example. The Pope who then was merely in charge of Jesuit seminarians, set the example by giving himself a laundry day as if he was as much an initiate as them. This teaches Christians, Christian counselors and other ministers the importance of humility and example.  It shows we much set the example as well as believe in

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In Faith We Find Forgiveness

Christian Counselors and Helping People Receive God’s Forgiveness This Sunday, I heard a very interesting sermon on the healing of the bleeding woman and about faith.  I would like to surmise it for Christian Counselors to maybe also use when helping people receive the grace of forgiveness from Christ. In the Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus cured the bleeding woman.  She was considered unclean by Jewish law.  While the Book of Job demonstrated that sin is not directly correlated with sickness, the Jewish people of that time still held strong to the opinion that sickness and sin were directly related. 

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Resolving Marital Conflict: A Christian Counselor’s Guide, Part I

Resolving Marital Conflict: A Christian Counselor’s Guide, Part I

  By Rick McGregor, MA, LMHCA, Seattle Christian Counseling, PLLC No matter how much you may want to ignore it, conflict is common to all marriages. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Marriage is a sacred union that however falls into the profane world of vice.  Marriage is subjugated to divorce, infidelity and selfishness. In marriage counseling it is important to keep an eye on the sacred nature of marriage and to translate that to the world. This article looks at conflict and selfishness as two issues in marriage.  Conflict is natural as with our fallen nature, selfishness as well. 

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Mainstream Media and Its Lack of Understanding of Witchcraft

Mainstream Media and Its Lack of Understanding of Witchcraft

  By Daniel Burke, Belief Blog Co-editor (CNN) —  Like lots of people, when October 31 rolls around, Trey Capnerhurst dons a pointy hat and doles out candy to children who darken the door of her cottage in Alberta. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: It is amazing, as in this article, how secular society trivalizes Wicca and Witchcraft.  As Christians, we are warned about these dark arts throughout Scripture. The idea of good witches is most alarming.  The very fact, that Neo-Paganism incurs spells from “deities” and other masquerading demons is scary.  These unions with dark entities are far

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5 Spiritual Places All Christians Should Try and Visit

5 Spiritual Places All Christians Should Try and Visit

American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: What is your top list of places Christians should visit? Have you visited any of these places or do you have other ideas of what should be on this list? Christian Counselors should encourage various retreats and pilgrimages to various holy places of veneration.  I think some of the places on this list are excellent places to visit, especially in the Holy Land. If you would like to learn more about Christian Counseling, then please review our program. In addition, feel free also to review the various articles we have in our Christian Counseling