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Lent: At the Base of Golgatha

Lent: At the Base of Golgatha

Which Sacrifice is Better: Self Imposed or Inflicted? Lent begins next week for the Eastern Catholic Church on Monday and for the Western Church as a whole on Wednesday.  While there are many regulations and ideas regarding fasting, days of abstinence and sacrifice, we will focus on a deeper spiritual idea today.  If you are interested in regulatory issues, please review blogs from last year that are archived, but this year I would rather focus on a deeper mystical issues.   Issues that Christian Counseling should look at as true methods for spiritual growth instead of merely giving something up and “grumbling about it

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Are You Interested in Christian Counseling ?

Are you interested in Christian Counseling? Click below to view the video on Christian Counseling at AIHCP Click here   Thank you for reviewing our site and your interested in Christian Counseling   AIHCP

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Learning More About Christian Counseling: Solitude and Silence in Christian Life

Learning More About Christian Counseling: Solitude and Silence in Christian Life

Christian Counseling: The Life of Solitude in Christian Thought Christians Counselors and Mystics understand the value of solitude and peace.  St. Teresa of Avila found it essential in contemplative formation.  Solitude is in many ways, the spiritual fortress Christians retreat to in order to heal and reconvene with their master, Christ.  As St. Teresa learned though, Christian solitude while necessary for formation is only temporary, for the Gospel of Christ is a social Gospel to spread and care for one’s brothers and sisters.  Christ recreates us with his grace and utilizes us for his purpose.  Solitude and peace is only temporary

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PreLenten Sundays and Preparation for the Great Fast

PreLenten Sundays and Preparation for the Great Fast

Christian Counseling: Preparation for Lent from the Perspective of the East Prior to the start of the Great Fast, the Eastern Church in particular prepares itself through four Pre-Lenten Sunday themes.  These themes are associated with fasting, forgiveness and judgment and are also Sundays that celebrate items that will be denied during the Fast.  Christian Counselors who have knowledge of Eastern ideals can also help you understand these celebrations. The first Sunday is the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee.  In this story, Eastern Catholics and Orthodox Christians are shown the importance of humility in fasting.  God rejects pride

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Christian Counseling: Christ in Marriage

Christian Counseling: Christ in Marriage

Christian Counseling:  Is Christ in Your Marriage? Recently a homily on the Wedding Feast of Cana caught my ear.  The priest emphasized the importance of Christ in one’s marriage.  Christian Counseling must also emphasize this invitation to Christ to young married couples.  With divorce rates sky rocketing and marriage becoming merely a legal title, the secular idea of marriage has failed society.  It has led to broken homes which have led to broken people.  Without the stability of the first cell of society, how can society thrive? By inviting Christ into your marriage, you increase your chance to preserve your

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Christian Counseling: True Contrition and the Story of the Pharisee and the Publican

Christian Counseling: True Contrition and the Story of the Pharisee and the Publican

Christian Counseling: What is True Contrition In Christian Counseling, counselors constantly help people seeking forgiveness for the sins of their life.  These people usually are sincerely seeking forgiveness and hope to find reconciliation with God. In contrition, the person in perfect humility acknowledges one’s failures and hopes to alter one’s life style.  Contrition can be legitimate but imperfect if contrition is a result of fear of retribution and is considered perfect if the sole purpose is grief over offending God. It is the saints especially who felt this perfect contrition at the highest levels.  The fear of offending God was

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Christian Counseling:The Theophany and Its Implications

Christian Counseling:The Theophany and Its Implications

Christian Counseling and Themes from the Theophany After celebrating the Theophany or the Baptism of Christ last Sunday on January 6th, we can mediate on many aspects of Christ and St. John the Baptist.  Certified counselors during Christian Counseling should utilize various feast days that surround their sessions, especially if they can help illuminate a particular theme in counseling.  The Baptism of Christ has a variety of themes. The first theme is the necessity of Baptism and the humility of Christ.  Jesus obviously did not need to be baptized but he lowered himself to teach us the importance of obedience

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New Year Resolutions That Reflect Spiritual Mastery

Christian Counseling and New Year Resolutions Secular society confuses true change with superficial change.  Christians realize that true changes stem from the core of one’s being.  Christian Counseling hence urges people to find true meaning in their New Year Resolutions that go beyond the mere breaking of bad habits to true spiritual regeneration. Yes, to quit smoking, diet, or work out more are great things that Christians should encourage, but when these things are the only things we notice, then we are truly spiritually in danger.  When we look to improve ourselves, we need to look not just at the

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How You Can Grow Your Counseling Business Online!

How You Can Grow Your Counseling Business Online!

Gain A Following For Your Counseling Business With Social Media Marketing   There are many benefits to employing social media marketing strategies. Social media allows you to instantly communicate with a broad customer base, and interact with them to generate interest in your products, services, and overall business. This article provides valuable guidance on utilizing social media marketing strategies successfully. Use these tips to make your counseling business more successful. Keep in mind that Facebook fan pages are for businesses and personal pages are for individuals. If you mix up the two then you are putting yourself at risk of

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Christian Counseling Certification Program: The Epiphany is Little Christmas

Christian Counseling Certification Program: The Epiphany is Little Christmas

Christian Counseling Certification Program: Christmas Season Has Just Begun! Secular society begins and ends Christmas season to early.  The corporate greed hopes to bring in sales as soon as the last bit of Turkey is gobbled up and once the spending spree and the last return is complete, closes up shop and all sounds of Christmas.  This backwards mentality is not the true season of Christmas.  A Christian Counseling Certification Program should emphasize that the Christmas season extends well into January. In the Western Church, the season of Christmas extends to the feast of the Epiphany or the adoration of