American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Write a Note

  To send a letter is a good way to move somewhere without moving anything but your heart.Phyllis Theroux “Honor your father…”Ephesians 6:2 The note was strategically placed on the table next to my keys where I would find it on the way out of the door.  “Dad” was written on the folded piece of paper in flowing cursive hand writing.  Before I even picked it up a spontaneous smile appeared on my face.  My daughter, Megan, has had a knack since she was little, for leaving...

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Be an Encourager

  “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”-Plato Let me add, be an encourager.  It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle.  At first glance, this is often not visible.  A smile often masks deep feelings. The writer of the Proverbs put it this way, “Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief.” (Proverbs 14:13 NASV) God’s directive to Mos...

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A Mighty What?

  “…O my Lord,” Gideon said, “how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” – Judges 6:15   “You may feel it is too late, that you’ve been robbed of your destiny. Don’t give up! God has a plan for your life even if you can’t see it. As a man created in His image, you are destined for greatness. Whether you realize it or not you were created to be a valiant man! No matter how foreign that may seem t...

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Forget and Be Fruitful

  “The past isn’t your past if it is still affecting your present.”   A personal past.  We all have one.  And sometimes they are not very glorious. In some cases, painful pasts are consequences of our own bad choices.  Self-inflicted wounds. Often however, the heartache from the past has been caused by others.  Betrayal.  Unfaithfulness.  Deceit.  Broken trust.  Slander.  Needle-pointed thorns that have lodged in our hearts and festered into ugly infected ...

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Pride and Humility

  “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted,” —Matthew 23:12 NIV   “…that beating taught me humility in this sense. It taught me never to think that I was better than anyone else. It taught me that on any given day, you can be beaten. This always helped push me to prepare for my bouts. A few years later, after I knocked out Joe Frazier and won the heavyweight title, I forgot that lesson in humility and again, I had ...

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Blown Away

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and bea...

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The Deep Oil of Forgiveness

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it” Mark Twain   “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” Jesus Christ     In his book “Unconditional” Brian Zahnd asks this question, “So what is your story?  Who has been cruel to you?  Perhaps bitterly cruel.  What injustice have you suffered?  How have you been mistreated?  Perhaps miserably so.  Who has cheated you? Abused you? ...

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But As For You

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you [Timothy], continue in what you have learned.” 2 Timothy 3:13-14 NIV   “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.” — Winston Churchill   When the Apostle Paul penned his second letter to Timothy time was short. He could feel the executioner’s breath on his neck. Knowing this was his last corr...

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Get Real

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” - 1 Corinthians 15:19 NIV   “Here, only truth counts. You struggle to find it, and only the ultimate, eternal truth survives.” - Richard Wurmbrand, written from Communist concentration camp   Let’s get real here. Either God is alive, Jesus was in fact raised from the dead, and heaven is our eternal home or we’re all just a bunch of fools chas...

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God Never Wastes a Wound

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.    “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 fr...

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