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Accomplishing One’s Vocation In Faith

Accomplishing One’s Vocation In Faith

Christian Counseling to Help Others ‘Walk On Water’ And when Peter arose from the belly of the boat, he saw Christ in the distance upon the sea, walking on water.  He called out to Christ and Christ beckoned him forward.  Peter arose and walked to him but the moment he took his eyes off of his master, he began to sink.  Christ then gently lifted him once again upon the water. Christian Counseling can also help others “walk on water” if one keeps his eye on Christ.  Peter was called by Christ and despite the “impossible” demand, Peter did walk on water, and continued

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The Song of Songs and What Religious and Romantic Love Truly Is

The Song of Songs and What Religious and Romantic Love Truly Is

Romantic and Religious Love Ideals of romantic love and religious love are sometimes very mixed throughout Scripture.  The idea of love of Christ and his love of the church is interwoven with ideals of marriage.  These beautiful analogies show that love at its heart involves certain characteristics.  In the Song of Songs, the woman is reluctant to give up her love of a shepherd for the love of King Solomon.  The poetry in the book expressed her pure love.  Also it proposes a deeper theological significance of a soul’s love for Christ despite the promises of the world.  Below is

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Praying Against Generational Curses and Sin

Praying Against Generational Curses and Sin

Powerful Counseling Prayers Against Sin and Oppression So many times Christian counselors face sin in their spiritual children that is beyond mere counseling techniques or advice.  Sometimes one must turn to prayer to overcome sin, especially in cases of generational curses or other sins of demons that attempt to attach to a particular family tree.  Below are two powerful prayers one can use to cleanse oneself from such oppressive presences.  Father DeGrandis recommends this prayer: “In the Name of Jesus, and by my authority as a Christian, I cut off from past generations any communication of hatred, bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, lust, envy, gluttony, sloth, pride, anything

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Discerning and Taking on Our Special and Unique Discipleship

Discerning and Taking on Our Special and Unique Discipleship

Counseling the Doubtful to Their Proper Discipleship During the gathering of the twelve, Our Lord did not seek out the most wealthy or influential people, but sought out the fisherman and tradesmen of various villages.  These men were far from educated but had pure hearts.  They were rich in spirit. It is also noteworthy that these men gave up their lives for Christ.  They put away their fishing nets and followed him.  In contrast to the rich man who proudly told the Lord that he had observed all commandments but was unwilling to let go of his possessions and completely

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How Frequent Use of the Eucharist Can Help In Counseling

Breaking Bread

The Eucharist and Its Frequent Reception is Key in Counseling Spiritual Maladies How can a counselor not recommend spiritual food for the sick?  Christian counselors should encourage the frequent reception of the Eucharist for their spiritual children to cure spiritual maladies they are treating.  In the Eucharist, Christ cures, forgives and brings new again.  The infusion of supernatural grace and actual grace to avoid temptation and sin are of instrumental value.  Isn’t This Just a Catholic Thing? On the contrary, this is a Christian ideal that transcends Catholicism.  The moment our Lord told his apostles at the Last Supper to do this

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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