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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

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How Can Christian Counseling and Science Find Common Ground on Creation?

How Can Christian Counseling and Science Find Common Ground on Creation?

Education for Christian Counseling: Christian Counseling Can Find Common Ground for Creationism and Theistic Evolution??? The ever widening chasm between science and theology is misfortunate because it deviates from the common reality of truth. A truth that correlates between the senses and the metaphysical  realities between the one absolute truth in the universe. These divisions and arguments of thought from Galileo and Rome to evolution and creationism are not products of science and theology at odds but human error. The Christian who counsels those in doubt, whether from the pulpit, a ministry or an individual counseling session must put aside

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Christian Counseling Training: Counseling Tips for Vocations

Christian Counseling Training: Counseling Tips for Vocations

Counseling Those Towards A Vocation Whether you are Protestant or Catholic, a religious calling is a call from God to serve his people. Catholics become priests, monks or nuns, while Protestants become ministers.  Such callings to the religious life should never be ignored but cultivated and cherished.  Counseling sessions should also direct young people towards these ultimate callings if a vocation is present.  As our Lord said, many are called but few are chosen. The Lafayette Caremlites on their site have a very interesting discernment article that is Ignaitian in origin.  I have always been a fan of St. Ignatius and his

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Counseling Tips To Being A Good Husband

Counseling Tips To Being A Good Husband

Christian Counseling Certification: Counseling “Boot Camp” for Good Husbands We all know in Scripture, Paul says for husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the Church. Below is a short article that adds a few ideas to this on how to be the husband God wants men to be to their wives. Stormie Omartian in “Five Ways To Be The Husband God Wants You To Be” writes about this topic.  The article is from crosswalk.com In the Bible, God commands, “All of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be ten­derhearted, be courteous”

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Certification In Christian Counseling: The Seven Joys of Mary and Counseling

Certification In Christian Counseling: The Seven Joys of Mary and Counseling

Certification in Christian Counseling: Counseling for Joy in the Life of Mary So many times in Christian theology, we focus only on the sorrows of Christ, Mary, and the saints.  In this short article, I would like to focus instead on the some of the joys especially during the Easter season.  In particular, since in previous articles we looked at Mary’s seven sorrows, I would like to look at her seven joys.  Catholics as well as Protestants can find some common ground in professing joy during counseling sessions.  As Christians we can all share in joyous moments of Jesus and

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Counseling Through the Confusion of Catholic Marriage Laws

Counseling Through the Confusion of Catholic Marriage Laws

Counseling Through the Marriage Laws of the Catholic Church Confusion is the most common element when it comes to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church concerning its marriage laws.  Especially for counselors who hope to counsel those through it.  Protestant counselors in this regard can release a sigh of relief in that they are not concerned with such legalistic matters, however, Catholic counselors will need some education in the confusing and murky waters of the Church and its marriage laws. In studying these legalistic issues, one should not be too intimidated, these rules only caused Henry VIII to break

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The Spiritual Aid of Angels in Counseling

The Spiritual Aid of Angels in Counseling

Spiritual Aid of Angels in Counseling Made in the image and likeness of God, angels too share in the glory of God in an intimate way that only creatures blessed with free will can.  As man, they too were tested, and as man, some failed.  Yet the good angels who did not fail became integral parts in the history of mankind.  They became our spiritual elder siblings who care for their younger sibling.  The spiritual director or counselorshould take special consideration of their love for humanity and plead for their intercession and guidance in counseling sessions.  The spiritual aid of

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Christian Counseling Certification Program: Counseling and Guiding Christians Through Discernment

Christian Counseling Certification Program: Counseling and Guiding Christians Through Discernment

Christian Counseling Certification Program: Guiding Christians Through Discernment When various inclinations or choices come to one at a macro or micro level, one in some cases needs to make a moral judgment on the choice.  In some cases, the conscience can determine the value of the choice especially if the conscience is formed properly in accordance with God and his commandments.  Sometimes, however, feelings and inclinations are more difficult to ascertain and the issue of discernment becomes critical. In these cases, counselors need to guide Christians through discernment.  In these cases, St. Ignatius lays out ground work for pastors, Christian

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Christian Counseling Ceritfication Training: Christian Education and the Rights of Parents

Christian Counseling Ceritfication Training: Christian Education and the Rights of Parents

Christian Counseling Certification Training: Christian Education and Teaching Children One of the most prominent rights of parents but least utilized is the right to educate.  Only recently with the emergence of Home Schooling in opposition to secularism in schools has the issue become not only a moral one but a legal one. Christian Education is an extremely important part of child development that starts in the home. Christian Counselors and the church must always stand and defend the inherent and God given right that parents have as the primary educators of their children.  Through the grace of the Holy Spirit,