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Training in Christian Counseling: Sacramental Life of Reception of the Spirit

Training in Christian Counseling: Sacramental Life of Reception of the Spirit

Becoming Christian Soldiers of Christ   What a difference a few weeks make?  Scattered like sheep without a shepherd, terrified of the Jews, and cowardly hiding in the shadows, the Apostles and the close Disciples of Christ emerged to the surprise of the Jews as champions and soldiers of Christ.  They triumphantly preached the Gospel, suffered, and praised the chance to bleed for Christ.  A Peter who denied Christ would proclaim Christ and a Mark who ran in shame naked and in fear away from guards in the garden would become the lion of the gospel and roar. What changed these men?  It was not Baptism because they

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Counseling for Christians: The Dangers of Vengeance and the Mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Counseling for Christians: The Dangers of Vengeance and the Mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I Thought They Said an Eye for an Eye? Christian Counseling Responses And Christ told Peter that those who live by the sword shall die by the sword and after that, they apprehended Christ.  This story in Scripture retells the illegal arrest of Christ and how he reprimanded Peter for seeking violence.  Lost in the confusion, Our Lord gently restored an ear to the temple guard whose ear had been cut off by Peter.  This is the love Christ demands and the same demand Christian counselors must echo in their counseling services for those who are obsessed with the demon of vengeance.   Christ told everyone to love one’s

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Christian Counseling Education: Interior Castle: Meditative Classics for Christian Counselors

Christian Counseling Education: Interior Castle: Meditative Classics for Christian Counselors

St. Theresa of Avila and the Interior Castle: Christian Meditation   Christian Counseling without meditation is like a well without water-it has no purpose.  This is why counselors should frequently seek meditation, prayer and retreats to refresh their souls and strengthen their resolve to help those in pain and mental anguish.  St. Theresa of Avila presents an excellent guide in spirituality and meditation in her classic, the Interior Castle. The text is written in a delightful fashion by St. Theresa in a simple language.  A language that makes one feel as if she is purposely writing each word for one’s own sake. 

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Program in Christian Counseling: Using the Three Evangelical Vows in Your Life

Program in Christian Counseling: Using the Three Evangelical Vows in Your Life

Program in Christian Counseling: The Three Evangelical Vows The perfection of the Christian Life has always been emphasized in Christ’s words to pick up one’s cross and to follow him.  Following him entails releasing one’s own will and ignoring the noises of the world.  Ultimately, one releases all of this world and gives oneself completely and totally to God.  Few reach this intimacy with God in this world due to the secular and materialistic temptations of this world.  However, the three evangelical vows aid greatly in the maturation of the spiritual life because it rids the soul of external distractions; distractions that pull the

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Christian Counseling Certification Program: Creating Your Own Christian Counseling Blog

Christian Counseling Certification Program: Creating Your Own Christian Counseling Blog

Christian Counseling Certification Program: Blogs Can Be The Voice of Your Ministry Blogs have a big influence on people and the world today. If you desire to influence others, blogging is something that you should consider. Read the advice in this guide to learn various techniques that can help you become successful at blogging.  In addition to this, you can incorporate Christian related aspects into the blog to help spread your ministry or help educate others about your Christian Counseling Certification program.  Avoid Ads Ads are a key part of many blog campaigns and often bring in income. But if

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How A Certified Christian Counselor Can Help People Find Peace

How A Certified Christian Counselor Can Help People Find Peace

The Peace of God The evil one utilizes confusion, chaos, anxiety, and uneasiness to torment the soul.  The negative energy of a situation, occasion or person can cause massive distress to the soul.  The soul as it attempts to flee is bombarded with these feelings to prevent spiritual growth and reflection.  These distractions from spiritual union with God lead the soul into a valley of tears where it focuses on meaningless things.  The soothing words of Christ are a distant echo as the soul struggles with needless things.  The focus of the soul is lost and in these cases counseling

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Counseling for Perfect Contrition of One’s Sins and How to Become Certified in Christian Counseling

Counseling for Perfect Contrition of One’s Sins and How to Become Certified in Christian Counseling

When Contrition Becomes Perfect The state of contrition in which the soul no longer fears punishment but is genuinely hurt by the simple fact sin offends God is called perfect.  This form of perfect contrition does not come naturally but only through a relationship with Christ.  This relationship seeks out Christ for his own sake.   In seeking out Christ, a dualistic relationship forms between the soul and Christ.  First a relationship that acknowledges Christ as its king.  Christ is seen as part of the Trinity, and as that, the Creator of the universe.  In this regard, the soul trembles in

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Certified Biblical Counselors Need to Emphasize the Forgivenss and Mercy of God

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is only more than willing to show us forgiveness and mercy

God’s Forgiveness Is Infinite And Counseling Should Emphasize That “Lord forgive them for they know not what they do” echo in history as the most merciful prayer a man can give to his persecutors.  Of course, Christ was not only man, but also God.   From these words, we can conclude the mercy of Christ is beyond the depths of the sea and more infinite than the stars of the night sky. The whole of the Trinity and within in each distinct person exists a perfect love that emits forgiveness for any who seek it.  The history of God’s forgiveness is

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Christian Fatherhood

St. Joseph is seen as the paradigm of Christian Fatherhood for other fathers to emulate

A Christian Father Teaches and Guides His Children with Love and Patience The beauty of Fatherhood is celebrated in June in a day of thanksgiving to all living and deceased fathers.  While some may have little memories of their father or may have not had the blessing of a good father and role model in their life, the ideals of what a father should be is clearly listed within the Christian tradition.  A father while always the discplinary is also the protector, provider and teacher of the Christian family.  Yet within this profound vocational call, a true father does no rule

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Christian Counseling Certification

Christian Counseling Certification

What Can You Do With A Christian Counseling Certification? As a Christian therapist, I see all sorts of people with a variety of issues in my practice. I operate out of a large church that has therapy programs available to their congregation and outside individuals. This particular church I have worked out of for over ten years. I love my work and can not imagine doing anything else. When I went to college, I majored in psychology and then obtained a christian counseling certification. This degree and certification allows me to work with Christians who for whatever reason have decided