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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

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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”