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Counseling Against the Occasion of Sin

Counseling Against the Occasion of Sin

Counseling For Permanent Solutions As is the case in all recovery from physical and addictive substances, vice and sin are no different.  A recovering sinner obsessed with a particular habitual vice has a long and hard road ahead of himself.  While the pentitent has made the personal decision to change his lifestyle, he still has a rough road of change.  When Christian Counseling these individuals, one must be patient and encouraging to the efforts and trials this person will attempt to overcome. The removal of occasions of sin are the pivotal part in helping someone gain spiritual freedom.  Satan does

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Christian Counseling Program: Christian Mentorship and Discipleship

Christian Counseling Program: Christian Mentorship and Discipleship

Christian Counseling Program: Christian Mentorship and Counseling The New Believer The essence of Christian Mentorship and Counseling is teaching the new believer the core of the faith.   Pastor Justin Buzzard below writes about his personal experiences in being a good disciple.  He calls this form of discipleship as “truth transferred through relationship” In the article, “Discipleship 101: How to Disciple a New Believer”, Pastor Justin shows how simple it can be. Discipleship involves a lot, but one of the most important things you can do with a new believer is read the Bible with them–teaching them how to read, understand,

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The United Nations International Pilgrm Virgin to Visit the Valley

The United Nations International Pilgrm Virgin to Visit the Valley

The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue to Visit the Warren and  Youngstown Area The United Nations International Pilgrim Virgin Statue will be visiting Northeast Ohio from August 15th to August 19th, 2012.   We encourage those within the Valley to take advantage to see this famous statue of the Blessed Mother.  Whether Protestant or Catholic, devotion to Jesus’ mother is a beautiful thing.  Many Protestants fear the veneration of images, but this is merely veneration of what the statue represents–as a photo of one’s own mother.   Also this does not include in any shape or form adoration of the statue

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Christian Counseling Education: Charity That is Beyond Mere Romantic Love on Valentine’s Day

Christian Counseling Education: Charity That is Beyond Mere Romantic Love on Valentine’s Day

St Valentinus and Christian Charity Applied in Christian Counseling St. Valentinus was an early Christian martyr who offered his whole heart and love to God above all else till even death. His death shows Christians and those who give Christian counseling that one must be willing to sacrifice everything for God. This is the nature of the theological virtue of charity as illustrated by St. Valentinus and all Christian martyrs. Valentine’s day focuses on romantic love but Christian charitiyfocuses on a deeper love that is infused into the soul at Baptism. This love puts God first above everything else and is

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The Beatitudes and Christian Counseling

The Beatitudes and Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling and The Call of Christ to Seek Perfection Christian Counseling sesssions should direct the spiritual child to a more perfect way of existence.  This Christian attempt for perfection can be found in the Eight Beatitudes of Christ.  Christ taught these Eight states of being during one of his many sermons. These states of being did not attempt to escape an imperfect temporal world, but identified the suffering of the fallen world, and contrasted these imperfections with the perfections of the next life.  In doing so, Christ also illustrated states of perfection that all Christians should strive despite society’s

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Christian Counseling Training: Christian Answers on Prayer and Process Theology

Jesus teaching his disciples the Lord's Prayer and how to pray

Christian Counseling Training: Is Prayer Useful if God Knows the Future Anyways? Some say if God knows what will happen, then why even pray for the outcome. These so-called academics are merely being critical since most have little faith in God or do not believe in him at all.  They merely pose a riddle for Christians to decipher-usually young college students who are not well versed in theology to defend their faith. The reality is prayer is useful and important and relevant.  There are four purposes of prayer.  The first simply involves adoration.  The second revolves around thanksgiving and the

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Christian Counseling: Living for Christ Now, Not Later

Christian Counseling: Living for Christ Now, Not Later

Counselors Need to Encourage Youthful Comittment to Christ How many of us find the race of life to be like the tortoise and the hare where like the hare we run across the track doing what we want except running the race correctly?  There is always tomorrow, or later, to win the race.   Christian Counselors need to encourage youthful comittment to Christ! This mentality exists today.  Instead of turning one’s life over to God at a young age, people wish to experience life first then love God.  They joke that one day, they will be the old lady in Church, praying for

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Biblical Counseling Certification: How to Counsel Anger

Biblical Counseling Certification: How to Counsel Anger

Biblical Counseling Certification: Counseling Anger The emotion of anger is a double edged sword that encompasses righteousness but also evil. It can be a just reaction to evil, or serve evil in its retribution. With such a complex nature, it is important for the Christian Counselor to understand the nature of anger and also understand the basics of anger management in counseling. This is essential to Christian counseling skills.  Since anger is such a broad and diverse emotion based upon numerous subjective and circumstantial elements, it is hard to classify when the emotion is just and when the emotion, while natural,

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Program in Christian Biblical Counseling: When Patriotism Becomes Nationalism and Virtues becomes Vice

Program in Christian Biblical Counseling: When Patriotism Becomes Nationalism and Virtues becomes Vice

Memorial Day is Patriotism not Nationalism The corruption of the social virtue of patriotism is nationalism.  Nationalism is  more than a ethnic group’s deep  yearning to find a homeland, but it is also an elitism that sees a homeland as only for one group.  It is not inclusive but exclusive to difference and ethinic origin.   This is apparent in both cases of Jew and Palestinian.  Both group’s hands are bloody in absolute nationalism. If one does not realize the inherent dangers of nationalism, one needs to only see the rise of fascist regimes in Europe as Hitler utilized hate as

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Theodicy: The Problem of Evil and How to Counsel for Bad Things

Theodicy: The Problem of Evil and How to Counsel for Bad Things

Training for a Christian Counselor: Counseling Against the Problem of Evil How does a counselor answer the question of a mother who lost her child or explain the horrors of the Holocaust?  How can a counselor explain the explicit existence of evil in the world and at the same time speak of God’s will?  How can a counselor explain that a good and all powerful God would ever allow evil to take place? These are all probing questions that test one’s faith and also provide a striking point for non-believers to assault theism.  However, the “problem” of the existence of