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The beginning of a new year is so full of possibilities. I personally love this time of year because I always love a fresh start. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: This article looks at how New Year Resolutions come and go, but it takes more than a quick vow to change something or a few days. If we are targeting a vice, we need to focus on eliminating and not become distraught when we fall, or too eager when we succeed. Habits are difficult to overcome. Quick fixes are a myth. With God, we grow and part
Rev. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: The assault on Christ’s Church and the Mystical Body of Christ continues–the enemy’s physical face may differ but the same source promotes this hate; Satan Since the days of Rome, Christianity has faced persecution. Until most recently, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Block represented a grave threat, but in recent years, we have seen a growing persecution of the Church in Nigeria, Syria, Somolia, Iran, Pakistan and North Korea. Whether secular totalitarian government or the evils of radicial Islam, the Church and its martyrs will never cease for Christ has promised
The Ark of Noah has been found. Its real. Ill describe the evidence in some detail and end with the historical and religious implications. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: This is an interesting article for those who want to know how to become a Christian Counselor. It relates the history of the finding of the Ark and its current resting place. The picture above shows the spot and where the various parts of the Ark rests. If the Ark was indeed found, it would be an exciting event for Christians and Christian Counselors alike. It also gives credence to
Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a… American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Christian Counselors await the birth of Christ, like all Christians. Advent is thus a time of waiting and preparing ourselves as the patriarchs of old awaited the coming of the Messiah. Spiritual reflection, fasting and good works are an important element of Christmas, especially during the Advent season where we
By Chris Chandler, MA, LMHC, CSAT-C , Seattle Christian Counseling, PLLC References “Wired for Intimacy” by William M. Struthers, Ph. D. What’s so bad about porn? American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: A very good article from a Christian Counselor about the evils of pornography–the supposed victimless sin. The reality is as the Chris Chandler points out, it objectifies the particpants as well as men and women in general who perform in these vile acts. It also defiles the intimacy of the sexual union and makes sex a sport instead an act of love. The people themselves commit fornication
(Reuters) – Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny”, urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Evangelli Gaudium by the ponitff, Francis, should not surprise many. Rerum Novarum by Pope Leo XIII also condemned many capitalistic aspects of greed. Trickle down economics though really touches the nerves of many Conservative Capitalists, namely Republicans, who have for the longest time said it works. Not according to the Pontiff. While only
As we, once again, approach this national day of “thanksgiving” I thought it necessary to reflect upon our nation’s long history of acknowledging and giving thanks to the Almighty God. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: A good article about the need to be thankful to God from two of our greatest presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. In times of stress and grief, these men would issue how as a nation we should be thankful and pray to God to continue to bless our nation. Today, people are becoming more secular and forgetting the purpose of Thanksgiving and
The day after the typhoon, Father Edwin Bacaltos stepped out of the compound of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in central Tacloban and began his work. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Where was God admist such suffering and pain? This is a good question and even Christians in moments of despair, feel the need to call it out. It is human nature to question and become frustrated but like Job, we must find true understanding. If our life revolves around a contract with God instead of a covenant, then we do not truly love him.
Opinion by Chris Lowney (CNN) – Every day, millions of Americans perform a task that epitomizes Pope Francis’ leadership style: They do the laundry. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: A very good article and lesson from the Pontiff about humility, sacrifice and example. The Pope who then was merely in charge of Jesuit seminarians, set the example by giving himself a laundry day as if he was as much an initiate as them. This teaches Christians, Christian counselors and other ministers the importance of humility and example. It shows we much set the example as well as believe in
Christian Counselors and Helping People Receive God’s Forgiveness This Sunday, I heard a very interesting sermon on the healing of the bleeding woman and about faith. I would like to surmise it for Christian Counselors to maybe also use when helping people receive the grace of forgiveness from Christ. In the Gospel of St. Luke, Jesus cured the bleeding woman. She was considered unclean by Jewish law. While the Book of Job demonstrated that sin is not directly correlated with sickness, the Jewish people of that time still held strong to the opinion that sickness and sin were directly related.