American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

A Heart of Compassion

  Tucked in the midst of the 50 verses of Luke chapter 7, we find 5 verses that give us great insight into the heart of Jesus. As He approaches a little town called Nain, a funeral procession is just coming out of the gate of the city. A man has died. Luke is careful to point out that the man was the "only son of his mother". As a widow, the death of her only son relegated her to a life of poverty and degradation. Sounds of her deep bewailing brought tears to the eyes of all who heard....

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How About Some Respect

  R – E – S – P – E – C – T. This 1967 smash hit by Aretha Franklin quickly exploded up the charts. While it was written by Otis Redding in 1965 as a man’s plea for respect and recognition, the roles were reversed for Franklin’s version. Her rendition was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered one of the best songs of the R&B era. The popularity of this song (she won 2 Grammys in 1968) seemed to voice the general feeling of people everywhere. In 200...

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Real Soul Care

  Somewhere outside Atlanta. All alone. Discouraged, and perhaps even a bit depressed. Questioning myself. Confused about the direction my life was taking. Wondering about God’s plan. Even questioning whether or not God cared, or was even listening. Years ago, that is where I found myself. It seemed as if the wheels were coming off of my life, and I was simply driving aimlessly around. When my phone rang, the caller I.D. displayed "Michael Lyles." I answered, albeit hesitantly. "Whe...

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Thanks in Thanksgiving

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to him; Bless His name.” Psalm 100:4 (ESV)   This year, don’t miss the THANKS in Thanksgiving… Traditions. Turkey…Dressing…Pumpkin pie…Football…Macy’s day parade. All fun. And for many, a part of family gatherings. Traditions that give us pause to share warm memories, and the opportunity to make new ones. Occasions to relish in the old traditions passed f...

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Thanksgiving in the Midst

  Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “This way of seeing our Father in everything makes life one long thanksgiving and gives a rest of heart, and, more than that, a gayety of spirit that is unspeakable.”  Hannah Whitall Smith   “As I look back over fifty years of ministry, I recall innumerable tests, trials and times of crushing pain. But through it all, the Lord has proven faithful, loving, and totally true to all his promises.” David Wilkerson   “In ev...

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Earthquake Praise

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" — Philippians 4:4 "Many Christians have made the dramatic discovery of the ancient truth that we are called to praise God in all circumstances, and that miracles are often the result, the biggest of all usually being the melting of our heart."— Judson Cornwall   The apostle Paul wasn’t trying to sound religious when he encouraged us to rejoice in the Lord always. I think he had a pretty good idea of what "always" meant...

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God Never Wastes a Wound

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness…" 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV "God uses…weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually… To live with your ‘thorn’ uncomplainingly — that is, sweet, patient, and free in heart to love and help others, even though ev...

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Made For Something More

  "But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles." — Isaiah 40:31 "So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was." — Anthony de Mello   A chicken "ain’t no" eagle. Chickens are always looking down, cackling, while pecking around on the ground eating whatever they can find. It always amazed me that chickens can cackle and stuff their beaks at the same time! When they’re out of chick...

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Doing What He Says

  "His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’"— John 2:5 "Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe."— Dietrich Bonhoeffer   Jesus, his mother, and disciples, were attending a wedding in Galilee when the wine ran out. This was not good. Someone had seriously messed up. The Bible identifies that person as the "Master of the feast." Today he’d be called "The Wedding Planner." In that culture, such a miscalculation would have totally humiliated the ...

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Love in the Midst of Hatred

You wake up – it’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you finally got that much-needed rest. Everything is going well – until you turn on the news. Suddenly, the good feeling is gone, replaced by the painful surge of emotions that only the sin of the world can invoke. It can be tough to shake the heaviness and despair that seems to hang over you throughout the day. There is difficulty in knowing what to say- or even what to think in the face of turmoil. We l...

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