American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Finding the Courage to Recover in Depression

Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. When a person is depressed, there are emotional roots of anger, fear, and guilt that anchor depression into a person’s thinking.  These roots must be uncovered, understood, and addressed in a positive, healing way.  This is not a quick process.  It requires time, patience, and no small amount of courage.   Courage […]

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Purpose of Sabbath Rest

Robert Shaw, D.Min. Excerpt from the book, “Created for Purpose” “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. . . strive to enter that rest” – Hebrews 4:9, 11 Today, we all seemingly want to be happy, entertained, filled, and pleasured.  But at what cost?  With our world moving at such a […]

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Four Key Elements To Discovering Your Purpose

Lisa Murray, M.A. Four Key Elements To Discovering Your Purpose And how to make the days ahead the most meaningful ever Delores had always been a vibrant, passionate woman.  She had been active in her church, taught Bible studies for more years than she could remember, and routinely invested herself in the lives of the […]

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Autism and the Blended Family – Part 2

Ron Deal, M.MFT. and Stephanie Holmes, M.A.  This blog originally ran as an article in Issue 48 of Autism Parent Magazine: Connecting and Communicating with Autism edition June 2016. Read Part 1 here Bridge the Gaps in Your Marriage and Parenting In our book The Smart Stepmom, Laura Petherbridge and I (Ron) outline how children […]

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Fear That Self Is Not Enough

Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. Just stay busy, Patricia told herself.  Keep moving.  Bury yourself in work.  Do as much as you can and more so.  Everything was falling apart in Patricia’s life but her job.  Her husband was threatening to leave, again.  Her daughter wasn’t speaking to her, again.  When Patricia was at work, she could […]

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Love in the Midst of Hatred

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:34-35   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 em...

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Sunday Snapshots

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The Neurobiology of Trauma and Traumatic Relationships

Eric Scalise, Ph.D. This article was originally published in Christian Counseling Today, Volume 20-3 Trauma and its cognitive, neurobiological, emotional and relational consequences have been studied by researchers for decades. The type of trauma affects responses, although this can still vary from individual to individual. Basic trauma can result from natural disasters, accidents, and disease, […]

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The Highway of Life

Margaret Nagib, Psy.D. Highways. I love them. I love the freedom to drive in the direction of my destination without traffic lights, stop signs, or detours. They are by far the quickest most efficient way to get where you want to go.  There is only one problem. They can be long. Depending on the destination, highways can be long and uninteresting. […]

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The Power of Words

“She thinks she’s so much better than us, just because she got that promotion. I wish she’d quit or get fired so I’d never have to hear that annoying voice again.” They didn’t know she was there – she hadn’t meant to eavesdrop but she knew they were talking about her. And as much as she didn’t want to admit it, the words stung. Words are powerful. They can build a person up or tear a person down. They can initiate relationships or rip them apart. They can offer life or the...

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