American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

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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Looking in the Right Direction

  Have you found yourself in the gutter of life? Wondering what happened? Asking yourself, "How did I get here?" Plain or pretty. Young or old. Rich or poor. Job reminds us that "Man who is born of woman is few of days and full of trouble." (Job14:1) Trouble will find you. It is inevitable. When you are down and out, there are only 2 types of people. You are either lying in the gutter face down…or face up. Face down with your nose in the murky muck. Stuck, staring into the...

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Strength in Weakness

    God is not wasting the pain in your life. He never wastes a wound. As you go through the dark, deep valleys in your life, remember that the great Apostle Paul was even pounded by the evil one. All hell seemed to be against him. In his moment of darkness he begs God to get rid of this thorn in his flesh, this messenger of satan that was harassing him. (II Corinthians 12:8) What messenger of satan has come your way? Does it feel like there is a thorn deep in your flesh, and yo...

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Encounters of the God Kind

  Apollo 15 Astronaut James Irwin had an encounter of the God kind . . . on the Moon. That’s right, on the Moon. Standing on the surface of the "blue planet", as he called it, gazing at the spectacular beauty of the Earth some 238,000 miles away, Irwin experienced the nearness of Jesus Christ in a profound way, unlike anything he’d ever felt before on Earth. Jesus’ presence was so tangible, Irwin said, "[that] at one point I turned around and looked over my shoulder as if He was st...

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A Low Whisper

  Highs and lows. One minute we experience a victorious spiritual breakthrough and are on top of the world. The next minute the raw realities of life assault the very core of our faith. As if that isn’t enough the enemy loves to then whisper in our ears… “What a loser”… “You really can’t do anything right can you?”… “God isn’t listening”… “You will never be used”… “You’d better run for your life”… “God isn’t really there for you”… ...

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Your Hand in His

  “Don't trust to hold God's hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.” Hammer William Webb-Peploe   When my son Zach was small, he loved for me to hold his hand.  Often it would simply be out of the sheer joy of having his dad close to him.  He would wrap his little chubby hand around my finger, and away we would go.  Other times, when I sensed that I needed to hold on to him, I would wrap my hand all the way around his hand and wrist, and sq...

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