American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Laugh Again

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand” Mark Twain   Kids smile an average of 45 times an hour, and they will “belly laugh” 1 time every 7.5 minutes.  By the time we become an adult that drops to 15 times a day.  In hospitals it is nearly 0.  When was the last time you had a good laugh? The popular saying, “Laughter is the best medicine” is not actually a bible quote.  However, the concept comes directly out of the book of Prov...

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Abiding

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." — John 15:5 “Abiding is to be an act of the will and the whole heart. You are the branch.—You need be nothing more. You need not for one single moment of the day take upon you the responsibility of the Vine. You need not leave the place of entire dependence and unbounded confidence.” — Andrew Murray   It is importan...

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Rabboni: Knowing the Resurrected One

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   Mary Magdalene.  A woman whose entire life and persona had been controlled and dominated by demonic activity.  She battled not just one spirit of evil.  She was consumed with seven.  Until one day, when she had a divine appointment with Jesus – “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out…” (Luke 8:2 ESV)  After that encounter, she became a committed follower of Christ.  Her story had become His story.  Perhaps that is why she was ...

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Happy Easter: The Death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul     His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many times before to pray. But this time was different. This time He was in an agony. What’s interesting is that this is the only time this phrase is used in all ...

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But

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.    “You face your greatest opposition when you’re closest to your biggest miracle.” Bishop T. D. Jakes   “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”  G. K. Chesterton   Often, the most powerful, life-changing miracles seem to happen in the “buts” of life. Consider the story of Naaman.  2 Kings 5:1 describes him with glowing accolades. Commander of the army of the king o...

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Excel

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   At the start of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., the U.S. hockey team was little more than an afterthought. The Soviets were seeded No. 1, and deservedly so.  They had won five gold medals and one bronze in the previous six Olympics. The U.S. team was seeded seventh. The Soviets unleashed 30 shots in the first two periods to the United States’ 10.  One dramatic save after another by goaltender Jim Craig kept the U.S. team close. Mark Jo...

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Above All Else

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." - Proverbs 4:23 NIV “Satan uses all kinds of weapons to attack our heart. For me, these attacks often come in the form of some circumstance that leads to disappointment, discouragement, or even disillusionment. In these situations, I am tempted to quit—to walk off the field and surrender.” —Michael Hyatt   The Hebrew word for heart in Proverbs 4:23 is soul—the seat ...

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A Ship to Sail

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   What do you think of when you read the following quote? “A ship in the harbor is safe but that is not what ships are built for.” -John A. Shedd Perhaps it makes you think of a ship actually in a harbor. A fishing boat covered in barnacles, tied to the dock, floating and bouncing around on the water. Or maybe you think of the scene from Titanic where there is a great pan shop of the majestic vessel covered with people waving goodbye to their loved ones and ...

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Doing What He Says

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Unless he obeys, a man cannot believe.”   -Dietrich Bonhoeffer “If you know that God loves you, you should never question a directive from Him. It will always be right and best. When He gives you a directive, you are not just to observe it, discuss it, or debate it. You are to obey it.” -Henry Blackaby   Jesus and His disciples had been invited to a wedding in Cana of Galilee where His mother was also a guest.  The story in John chapter 2 b...

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Putting Off Procrastination

 Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.” Ecclesiastes 10:18, NIV   “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky   “Procrastination is like a credit card,” someone once said, “it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.” It also may be one of the enemy’s most effective tools in his assault on God’s chil...

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