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America’s Christian Symbol

America’s Christian Symbol

Christian Symbol of America While it is true our constitution does not endorse one religion over another, one cannot deny the imprint of Christianity upon the history of America and the importance of it in the life of Americans.  While immoral laws pass and the idea of God is attacked, the will and desires of the people is truly seen in this soon to be constructed 700 foot cross which is a true Christian symbol of our country. Foxnews writes about this giant monument to Christ in the country’s heartland. Public symbols of Christianity are under attack around the nation,

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Agnosticism and Christian Counseling

Agnosticism and Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling and Agnosticism Christian Counseling with an Agnostic can be a challenge because an Agnostic does not share the core faith as a Christian.  Agnosticism while not denying the existence of God, questions the existence and is skeptical of any truth and finds truth in a cafeteria of philosophies that suite him one day and un suit him the next day. When dealing with an Agnostic, one must understand the primary issue affecting him.  This issue lies in the sole issue of faith.  The Agnostic does not possess the theological virtue of faith.  He is subdued with doubt and

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The Christian Family and the Role of the Man

The Christian Family and the Role of the Man

The role of the man in the Christian family The Christian Familyis constantly besought with a variety of ideals that transgress the natural order of marriage.  Modern secular society presents numerous views of what a family should be or look like all the while distorting the gender roles of husband and wife.  These distortions come from a variety of gender stereotypes and immoral ideals that corrupt the natural dignity of masculinity and femininity.  With these things in mind, it is important to note that the spiritual nature of humanity corresponds with its physical gender.  The nature of man is not

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Christian Counseling Certification Program: Spiritual Direction and Child Abuse

 Christian Counseling Certification Program : Spiritual Direction through the Chaos of Child Abuse Spiritual Direction of abused victims is a difficult path.  In some cases, in addition to Christian Counseling, the person will also require professional counseling to help the person overcome the trauma of abuse.  Below is an article from the 700 Club about the evils of abuse.   Keys to Powerful Living: Overcoming Child Abuse by CBN.COM Breaking Through The Veil Of Shame Silent, uncontrollable sobbing … Bruises and beatings … Shoving and slapping  … Children so traumatized they’re afraid of their own shadows. And the endless  string of

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Counseling for Life over the Culture of Death

Counseling for Life over the Culture of Death

Christian Counseling Chooses Life Christian Counseling sessions should always promote the choice of life over death in every aspect of human interaction.  While there are exceptions when one can take life-albeit lacking the malice intent that the Fifth Commandment forbids such as self defense, one can still see many elements in this society of death where the choice of killing is malicious.  The idea of taking another’s life due to jealousy or evil intent traces itself back to the very origins of man when Cain slew Abel.  The below Encyclical is an extensive look at modern society and killing.  While

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Counseling Those Through the Guilt of Abortion

Counseling Those Through the Guilt of Abortion

Counseling the Guilt of Abortion The guilt a parent feels after abortion is immense.  In counseling, one needs to not only address the spiritual guilt but also help the person emotionally overcome the physical and social trauma of the realization one’s child was killed through one’s own doing.  The article below reviews the guilt of one woman and how she fought through this guilt to ultimately find forgiveness in the Lord. This article is from the 700 club and is written by Julie Blim.  It is entitled, “Mother Finds Forgiveness After Secret Abortion” “Secrets make you sick, and this secret was

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Christian Counseling and the “Challenge” of Atheism

Christian Counseling and the “Challenge” of Atheism

Christian Counseling against Atheism Christian Counseling with Atheists or those who reject the existence of God is a difficult task because one does not have a common ground to build upon.  Both philosophies stem from very different ideals.  Where the Theist finds existence to be a product of God, the Atheist finds it to be a happen chance of nature, while where the Theist finds objective morality in God, the Atheist finds subjective morality in himself. In dealing with an Atheist, Christian Counselors must first identify an Atheist’s mindset.  First and foremost, Atheism is a materialistic and humanistic philosophy that

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Spiritual Direction in the Examinination of the Conscience

Spiritual Direction in the Examinination of the Conscience

Ignatian Spiritual Direction in the Examination of Conscience In Spiritual Direction and Christian Counselinga critical way to help one determine one’s primary sins and failings is via examination of conscience.  This technique of self evaluation is an important Christian tool in preparing one, if Catholic, for Reconciliation, or for a variety of other spiritual exercises that aim towards Christian perfection.  This article is in relation to Ignatian Spirituality  and will focus on the methodologies of St. Ignatius Loyola in examining one’s conscience. In the First Week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius focuses on cleaning one’s soul from malice and

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Christian Family and the Special Role of the Woman

Christian Family and the Special Role of the Woman

Role of Women in the Christian Family Society has imprinted many roles of women in marriage.  Even evolutionary theory has   speculated about the natural need a woman has for protection and in turn the care she supplies and returns to the man.  Christian marriage and the structure of the Christian family does not reflect social and biological roles but concerns itself more with the roles a woman plays from a spiritual aspect.  Secular roles and obligations differ with traditions and time, but Christian ideals are constant since they reflect the values of Christ. Christian counseling needs to emphasize the proper

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The Christian Family and It’s Inherent Rights

The Christian Family and It’s Inherent Rights

Christian Family: Attacks from the World The Christian Family serves as a beacon in the turbulent sea guiding others to the light of Christ.  It is blessed with an apostolic mission to preserve and preach the doctrines of Christ.  It is the Church in miniature.  It is of no wonder then that Satan would hope to destroy it.  Christian counselors, the church and the state have an obligation to defend the family from such onslaughts.  Social pressures from beyond devalue the family.  Instances on the acceptability of divorce are widespread in the news and tabloids.  A desensitization has begun that