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The Fortitude of St. John The Baptist and Do You Want To Take Christian Counseling Courses

The Fortitude of St. John The Baptist and Do You Want To Take Christian Counseling Courses

Christian Counselors Can Use St. John The Baptist As A Paradigm of Fortitude So many lose hope in Christ when their prayers are not answered the way they wish them to be answered.  Christian Counselors face this everyday.  The unrelenting questions of why did God not do this or do that. Christians tend to relate to prayer as a contract.  If I say this or do that, then God must answer this or that.  As if a magical spell, they expect.  And when that expectation fails, they either blame their own faith or curse the heavens.   Some even doubt their faith.  Such misunderstandings

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The Burning Bush or Best Friend? and Do You Want to Become a Christian Counselor?

The Burning Bush or Best Friend? and Do You Want to Become a Christian Counselor?

Christian Counselors Can Help People Find A Balanced Relationship With God   In the Old Testament, Moses approached the Burning Bush and was greeted with the awe inspiring words, “I Am Who Am”.  These words portrayed a being that is eternal and is the source of all.  Moses, immediately removed his sandals and fell before God.  The mere presence turned his coal black hair to ghost white. In the New Testament, Christ washes the feet of the apostles so that they may be clean.  He allows himself to be their friend and a suffering servant on the cross.  The apostles worship him but also hug him

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Christian Counseling Training Program: Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Christian Counseling Training Program: Do You Believe in Ghosts?

Should Christian Counselors Give Credence to Ghost Stories? As Christian Counselors, it is the duty to not only help people mentally but also spiritually.  With this in mind, what if a client speaks of ghost stories or things that go bump in the night? In answer to the heading, as Christians, we all believe in ghosts or spirits.  We should also take credence in most ghost stories.  Of course subjective elements of the person’s mental health should guide us in whether or not it is a legitimate story or not. Since Christianity accepts the reality of a spiritual world and the tearing of the soul from

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Christian Counseling Training: People to Die Unto Themselves

Christian Counseling Training: People to Die Unto Themselves

Christian Counseling Training: What is Dying Unto Oneself? While the martyrs sacrificed their entire being to Christ through death, their initial death was interior.  The martyrdom was merely the fruits of their inner spiritual submission.  Christian Counseling can help many discover their own spiritual martyrdom through death for Christ via submission. Many will never encounter the executioner’s blade, but many of us will encounter our own sins and lifestyles which can be as deadly as any weapon.  The saints and mystics all encountered themselves and overcame themselves, allowing their version of self to die and become martyred to the life

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Christian Counseling Certification: What is Halloween?

Christian Counseling Certification: What is Halloween?

Christian Counseling Certification: Trick or Treat or Good and Evil   How do Christian Counselors address Halloween?  Halloween has it origins from the ancient Druids who would seek sacrifice of children for their pagan deities.    This dated back to the Samhein.  This was the last harvest of the Fall and was also associated with the coming of Winter.  The dead were considered to have more power on this day and variety of sacrifices were offered for protection–some of which were human. Later the feast would represent All Hallows Eve, or the eve before all Saints Day.  Still the day in accordance with

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I Believe, Therefore I Understand

I Believe, Therefore I Understand

Christian Counselors As Guides Towards Faith For centuries the debate of faith versus reason has gone back and forth.  Aquinas and Augustine championed the Christian metaphysical views. Later they were challenged by the Empiricists and Logical Positivists who denied the existence of anything that cannot be physically verified.  In return, various Christian apologetics responded that one cannot study metaphysics as a physical science for it transcends science and the tools of science cannot comprehend or measure it.  The purpose of today’s blog is not to be a course study in apologetics, but instead is intended for Christians who already believe, or

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Certified Christian Counseling: Do We See Christ In Everyone?

Certified Christian Counseling: Do We See Christ In Everyone?

Certified Christian Counseling:  For The Least Of My Brethren? Christian Counseling needs to restate the divine mandate from Christ that echoes in our minds whenever we see someone in trouble that when “you do it for the least of your brethren, you do it for me”. Christ used numerous references emphasizing the acts of mercy throughout Scripture.  Most notably, the parable of the Good Samaritan illustrates how someone should go beyond the norm to help one’s brother who is in trouble, danger or need. From a modern perspective, nothing has changed.  We are still commanded to care for others and

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Guilt: A Natural Reaction to Sin

Guilt: A Natural Reaction to Sin

Christian Counseling Must Utilize The True End of Guilt Which Is Contrition The sting of guilt can drive one to many roads.  Christian Counselors want to ensure that guilt drives one to remorse in a healthy spiritual way.   Too many times,  guilt can drive one to the extremes of depression or suicide.  One merely needs to remember the sin of Judas and how guilt instead of bringing him back to Christ, misled him to despair.  Christian Counseling must always be alert adverse reactions to guilt. Guilt is a good thing, at least initially.  Guilt is a natural reaction within a certain

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God Finds Friends In Low Places and Become a Christian Mentor

God Finds Friends In Low Places and Become a Christian Mentor

The Lord Makes Christian Counselors Worthy Recently I saw a very interesting post about the type of God people chooses for his ministry.  Upon further review, I was amazed at the people on the list and their “baggage”.  Among the many on the list was Paul-a murderer, David-an adulterer, Peter-a denier, Noah- a drunk, Moses-a stutterer and a host of other castaways.  I would have also included Mary Magdelene-a prostitute and of course St. Augustine-a sinful party boy!  As Christian Counselors, what is our past? It gave me some inner hope and strength in regards to myself when I realized

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Christian Counseling Program: Tips to Find Sanctity on the Little Things

Christian Counseling Program:  Tips to Find Sanctity on the Little Things

Christian Counseling Program: Christian Counseling and the Little Things Great men become great because of even greater trials.  Yet, for most of us, great trials or moments that define history rarely occur.  Tales of martyrdom rarely accompany our death.  Instead we are called to live a life of Christian excellence.  Christian Counselors can guide many people to extraordinary lives of sanctity simply through the “little things”.  If you would like to help guide others, consider our Christian Counseling Program The idea of sainthood or a virtuous Christian life was not considered during the age of persecution in the early Church.  Most saints were people who heroically died