American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

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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Verbal Punches

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!”—James 3:5   “Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their image on men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer.”— Blaise Pascal     We’ve all seen the devasta...

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Do You Want To Be Healed?

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.     38 years in a bed.  Next to a pool.  Sounds relaxing doesn’t it?  But as we read on, the story says the man was alone and horribly crippled.  Probably twisted feet, pencil thin legs and atrophied muscles barely covered by a thin blanket.  Why?  Because this was the pool of Bethesda near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem.  There was something miraculous about this pool.  Periodically the water stirred, and the first one into it was instantly healed. ...

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From Disappointment to Reappointment

 Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” — John 21:16 ESV   “The lows are disappointing but that makes the high much sweeter, that’s what drives me.”— Tim Tebow     Sometimes the crystal bowl is not just broken; it is shattered, completely ruined, and beyond repair. Barring a miracle, our frantic ...

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