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Christian Counseling Training Program: Do We Hoard Our Talents?

Christian Counseling Training Program: Do We Hoard Our Talents?

Christian Counseling and the Parable of the Talents Christ in Matt: 22:1-14 spoke of the parable of “Talents”.  This parable is unique for Christian Counseling sessions because it involves the utilization of one’s particular talents to the Christian community.  As a Christian counselor one can help others share their unique charisms as well as utilizing their own charism of counseling. In the parable, Christ speaks of a master who gave his three servants each a coin to hold and guard.  The first servant increased his value fivefold and the next tenfold but the last servant hoarded the coin to himself and obtained no

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Sunday Worship: An Option?

Sunday Worship: An Option?

Christian Counseling: The Parable of the Great Feast and Us   Christ spoke of a great feast.  Many were invited to this feast but noone came.  In response, the host told his servants to invite others along the wayside to come and partake of the feast he had prepared.  Some were good while others were evil.  The good were properly dressed in wedding garments, while the evil arrived in rags.  These evil ones were cast away while the good partook in the feast.  What can be gained from a Christian Counseling perspective from this parable found in Matthew 22:1-14? This parable

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Christian Counseling Online Program: Christ’s Human Nature: A Counseling Paradigm for All Spiritual Maladies

The Icon of Christ as Pantocrator teaches us his divine power but also his human side. The distortion of the face represents two natures in one person

Christian Counseling Should Utilize Christological Principles Christ’s human nature is a divine mystery tied to the Hypostatic Union or as stated in Scripture when “the Word became Flesh”.  This miraculous fusion of natures gives much for meditation and thought but also serves as an excellent paradigm for Christian Counseling.  Through it, Christ becomes the ultimate example for any spiritual malady men may face.  His example consists in his victory over any temptation. The Importance of the Hypostatic Union The mystery of the Hypostatic Union transcends all human reasoning.  Our reason must acquiescence to faith and our spiritual eyes must see what

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Christian Counseling Certification: The Keys to Spiritual Healing

Christian Counseling Certification: Spiritual Healing Also Involves You     Spiritual healing involves not only the healing agent but also the recipient of the gift.  Christ never healed against one’s will, but required the consent of the person wishing to be healed.  In this way, three characteristics should be present in the person to be healed.  Besides the prerequisite of faith, the first step involves obedience, the second-change and the third-responsibility. Rev. Cindyann Faubel discusses how prayer and healing takes place in these three steps of obedience, change and responsibility. Now in this town of Jerusalem, by the ‘Sheep’s Gate’, was a pool. In Hebrew,

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Christian Counseling Courses: The Inner Essence of Prayer

Mental Prayer involves understanding what we are saying and reflecting on it

Christian Counseling People to a Better Prayer Life   In past blogs, we discussed the external nature of prayer, its purposes and benefits.  In this blog, I would like to discuss key points that should be highlighted in one’s prayer life.  Many of these ideas stem from St. Teresa of Avila and other saints whose experience in meditative prayer far outweigh our own.  However before delving deeper into prayer itself, I think we can find the core of prayer found in the words of Christ in the “Our Father“. Our Lord taught us a few key concepts in the “Our

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Obedience: A Bitter Gift

Obedience: A Bitter Gift

Christian Counseling and Obedience If union with God involves submission of our will to God’s will and making two wills become one, then how can one accomplish this feat without obedience.  Obedience is the ultimate bitter gift in which we surrender our own will to God’s will.  How can one surrender without the virtue of obedience?  How can one magically surrender to God, if throughout one’s life, they have manifested disobedience to all forms of authority?  Disobedience is a fruit of pride.  Lucifer in his pride, disobeyed God and refused to submit his will to the divine. Christian Counseling sessions should seek to

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Christian Perspective: What is True Union with God?

Christian Perspective: What is True Union with God?

Christian Perspectives on Union with God So many times we get caught up in the romance and excitement of anything in life.  The same is true with spirituality.  Many are deceived by false promises of Eastern religions that teach deification instead of unification.  New Agers, free lance spiritualists and other pseudo Christians speak of the marvels of the East and how one can astral project oneself or become unified with an entity and learn secret and lost wisdom.  Some also boast within the West of great raptures or locutions and visions.  Extraordinary miracles and spiritual favors are equal to union in their mind.  The

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Humility is Truth

Humility is Truth

Humility Reflects the True Nature of What We Are Some people need to drink a ”tall glass of reality”.  Their narcissistic self love dilutes their sense of reality and enhances their false value in the world.   Conquered by the vice of pride and guided by only material pursuits, they lose value of truth; the truth that without God we are nothing.  When counseling against the vice of pride, one must turn to the virtue of humility. Humility is an important virtue because it reflects truth.  In the case of Christ, his humility reflected love.  Christ’s humility never reflected any insignificance since he was perfect but instead showed

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Counseling One Through the Mansions of St Teresa’s Interior Castle

St. Teresa experiencing a vision

A Counseling Guide to the Interior Castle The title of this blog suggests a massive undertaking.  To supply one with a complete narrative and counseling guide to St. Teresa’s Interior Castle would take volumes and would require one with an acute expertise of the writings of St. Teresa.  While I encourage such a work, I am here to only highlight some ideas found in the Interior Castle that can be utilized in Christian Counseling. When a soul regains it spiritual sight, it naturally seeks entry into the castle of God. The key to this entry is prayer and meditation.  St. Teresa emphasizes as a

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Christian Counseling: “Lord, Help Me Up Again!”

Christian Counseling: “Lord, Help Me Up Again!”

Christian Counseling: What Can Falling Teach Us? When we fall, the least thing we need to hear is “shame on you” or “you hypocrite” or “you sinner” or some long sermon on what is right.  Most people who continually fall, while in need of spiritual betterment, nevertheless are in the habit of “getting back up”.  In these cases, Christian Counselors need to be more pastoral in their counseling than dogmatic.  Those in the habit of getting back up after moral relapse usually already know the nature of their vice and want to be better.  What they need is love, compassion and