American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

The War that Rages

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” —John 17:17 “The spiritual battle, the loss of victory, is always in the thought-world.” — Francis Schaeffer   The Enemy is a liar. John 8:44 says, “…there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” When the battle for our minds begins, it starts with a barrage of destructive ideas, suspicions, doubts, and fears. The enemy’s goal is ...

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.   A day where we remember Martin Luther King Jr., and try our best to live up to his principles. But which principles? We all know about the “I have a dream” speech, but how can the “I have a dream” speech become more than a dream, and become […]

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Hope Thou in God

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Speak Lord, because I am listening! I don’t want to hear any other voice but Yours, the voice of truth. The words You speak to my heart are powerful and convicting. You are telling me that I can do it…that I can make the finish line! The Lord is telling me to run to Him Who is waiting with open arms. The Lord is waiting to come to my rescue! Amen. Thank you, Daddy!” — Jen Barrick in Hope out Loud Hope. The concept may be one of the least understood, ...

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Resolution

Lisa Sleezer, MA, LPC Therapist, Timberline Knolls     Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). After the advent season of preparation, waiting, and anticipation, we rejoice in the birth of our savior. As we reflect on this new […]

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Who’s Pursuing Who?

  “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” – Philippians 2:13 NLT   “After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. . . We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our ...

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Wisdom 101

    An excess, by its very nature, is generally an unwise thing. For us, excess means more than necessary. Excess is what gets us in trouble. A personal needs to work but shouldn’t become a workaholic. A personal needs clothing but shouldn’t become a shopaholic. A personal needs to eat but shouldn’t become a […]

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The Layered Effect of Covert Emotional Abuse and Double Abuse

Annette Oltmans   Sexual harassment, domestic violence, school bullying and child molestation share two notably powerful ingredients: the layered effect of Covert Emotional Abuse and Double Abuse. Covert Emotional Abuse has many layers. It is confusing and easy to deny. Those who employ it, unconsciously or knowingly take steps to avoid being caught. Rewriting history […]

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New Day…New You

  Dieting. Reading the Bible. Spending time with family. Finally getting to that "bucket list". It’s that time of year when "change is in the air". Most of us don’t have trouble making New Year’s Resolutions. It’s the "keeping them" part that gets us. In fact, 40 to 45 percent of people do make a New Year’s Resolution, and while it is true that 97% of resolutions are never fulfilled, 75% do make it past the first week, and 46% make it past the six month mark. As we look forw...

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Childish or Childlike?

    All of us have probably observed childish behavior… not only in young children, which is almost expected, but also in some adults, which is unfortunate and often produces a “roll your eyes” response. In many ways, we come into this world helpless, needy, and self-absorbed. Children must be taught, even trained to be […]

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Holiday Guests

  Watch out for these unwanted holiday guests… Stress and Anxiety… You don’t invite them but they show up, seemingly out of nowhere. Often however, their arrival is a result of these three "R’s": Relationships. Conflict between family members can happen anytime. But the holidays seem to heighten our tension levels, or at least our awareness of it. Romans 12:18 ESV says, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."That’s a pretty tough assignmen...

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