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Counseling through the Theology of Suicide

Positive and Direct Suicide: Picture from the Yorck Project

  Counseling the Sin of Despair  How should religious counseling view suicide?  Since the hanging of Judas, suicide has been equated to the ‘sin of Judas’ and the unforgivable sin. This stain for centuries prohibited those   victim to self death from the rites of Christian burial. This hard stance was the main view within Christian circles but this view has seemed to decline over time with a stronger emphasis on pastoral care and understanding of the so called “damned”. Escaping from centuries of social stigma and religious condemnation, a new view has emerged due to a better understanding in the

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Christian Counseling Those in the Occult

While the Occult may not be Witches on broomsticks, it is still real and Christian Counselors need to indentify the signs of its presence

 Counseling those in the Occult A Christian counselor is given a unique opportunity to help those stricken by the demonic. With prudence and discernment from the Holy Spirit, a Christian Spiritual counselor can help identify demonic issues with clients. Armed with Christ, prayer and fasting, they can also help rid a client of obsession cases. Possession cases should be dealt with more carefully, especially with the dangerous nature of such cases. Help from ministers, priests, or the Church may be needed. During counseling sessions, a person may bring up such situations of the demonic. Whether it is an obsession or a

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Christian Counseling Training Program: Spiritual Warfare with the Evil One and the Occult

Christian Counseling Training Program: Spiritual Warfare with the Evil One and the Occult

Spiritual Warfare After watching “The Haunting”, a program dedicated to the true stories of evil spirits and their haunting of individuals or homes, I was amazed at how little people understood about the dangers of the demonic. Many of the families were either naive, agnostic, or lax in their faith. These three spiritual states all enhanced the power of the devil or evil spirit in their home. After writing an article or two or occult influences and how Christians should respond, I figured I would relay some of the information here for the blog and other Christian Counselors. How to

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The 700 Club and a Story Against the Dangers of the Occult

The 700 Club and a Story Against the Dangers of the Occult

Counselers deal with the dangers of the Occult One cannot dismiss the dangers of occultic dabbling.  Religious counselingfrequently comes across those who have been involved with the occult and requires a strong understanding of these evils. This article from The 700 Club discusses how Barbara Arthur fought through a life of dealing with the occult and witchcraft.  The article is by Renelle Roberts. My  mother consults the dead. She consults with her spiritual guides. She can  actually take a glass of water, and in a glass of water she will see your  past.” Barbara  Arthur comes from a long line of spirit

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Education Training in Christian Counseling: Pope Warns of the Increase of Witchcraft in Africa

 Education Training in Christian Counseling: Witch Craft Still is a Modern Problem The reality of black magic in the modern world is especially strong in Africa where Africans hold on to their traditional roots and mix it with Christianity as in the cases of the voodoo.  Still some, completely hold strong to the old rites.  The article below shows the concern from Pope Benedict XVI concerning this problem.     “Pope Warns Against Witchcraft” By Rob Kerby Pope Benedict XVI praised marriage upon his arrival in Africa and warned the faithful against dabbling in witchcraft. With the western world captivated

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Christian Spiritual Counseling and the Roaring 20s

Christian Counseling Education Courses: 20S-30s and Christian  Spiritual Counseling When Christian Spiritual Counseling, one will find that the age group they counsel for will determine many of the issues that commonly become important during sessions. Each age group psychologically has a mental list of needs, achievements, and goals. If those goals are not met, certain age groups react to these “failures”. It is important as a counselor to see the common themes that pertain to each age group and to guide each patient through their age related dilemma. In the end, all ages should reflect on Christ. The age group

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Spiritual Mentorship

Spiritual Mentorship

Online Training in Christian Counseling: Spiritual Mentorship Christian spiritual counseling is a vocation that goes beyond a mere professional service. It is spiritual gift of love that through the Holy Spirit manifests between mentor and protegee. The spiritual mentor may be a priest, minister or lay person, but the central theme is a bond of a trust and spiritual guidance. This bond is as old as the Christian Church as Paul mentored Timothy and so forth. The final element is releasing. Christ finally released his apostles and disciples and trusted they would help nurture and grow the infanct church. As spiritual

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Single Life: A Christian Vocation Too

Online Education Courses in Christian Counseling: The Single Vocation Today’s modern world has a check list for success. Do you have a good job? Do you have a nice car? With such secularistic views, people feel they are in a race to fill in every blank. One such measuring stick of success is marriage. If one is not married after twenty five, questions arise concerning one’s self worth. This is not a Christian paradigm, nor is it the spirituality Christ expects from lay persons. For so long, there were two roads a person could take; ministry or marriage. However, recently

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Counseling Those Through a Broken Marriage: Christian Ideals

Counseling Those Through a Broken Marriage: Christian Ideals

Online Certification Program in Christian Counseling: Christian Ideals and Divorce                 Divorce and broken romantic relationships are never the first thought that emerges as one meets that special someone.  Ideas of happiness, security, and fidelity are the thoughts that emerge in one’s mind instead of anger, sadness and betrayal.  God in the Garden, created male and female to complement one another in a state of friendship, love and    companionship.  Later, Christ, would cement this union in the indissoluble bond of marriage.  He would raise it to a level of a holy sacrament, sanctifying the natural bond of companionship to that

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How Christians Should Regard Worries of the Future

How Christians Should Regard Worries of the Future

     How Christians Should Regard Issues of the Future        The question of the future is a universal query of all men. The unknown fascinates and scares the human mind. These questions while natural also can lead to dangerous routes for Christians. Obsession with the future can become a major distraction to one’s spirituality and mental health as well as spiritual dangers with the dark one.    Christian Spiritual Advisors need to guide their clients away from these distractions and darker places. On to many occasions, Christians flee to the advice of mediums or spiritualists whose talents rest in the occult.