American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Helping Groups Heal: Leading Small Groups in the Process of Transformation

  As counselors, we engage with people every day about their deepest experiences of pain and struggle. We live in a broken world, filled with disappointment, problems, and difficulties. This is a predictable part of life. Jesus promised that “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33a). So this “promise” likely rings true for […]

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Serve Us or Service?

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   Human nature at its core is basically self-absorbed, self-ish, and self-centered. This is simply a result of the fall from grace that occurred in the Garden of Eden so many years ago. Children come into this life, literally screaming for attention… arms outstretched toward those who give care and sustenance, only […]

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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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Well Done: Creating a Win-Win Marriage

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   An oft quoted verse of Scripture related to marriage is, “The two shall become one” (Eph. 5:31). Unfortunately for many couples, once the marriage ceremony is over, the adventure begins when a husband and wife start arguing about, “Which one?” Outside of an individual’s decision to follow Christ, marriage is one […]

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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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Stepping Stones to a Healthy Stepfamily: Stepfathers with Children

  Excerpted with permission from Stepping Stones to a Healthy Stepfamily   The good news? Any stepdad with previous parenting experience is already better qualified to handle the stress of the job. The bad news? Not even previous parenting experience can prepare you for how difficult it will be to take a back seat when […]

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Pastors In Transition

  When God changes the paths of ministers and leads them in new directions, it can feel isolating and discouraging. Transitioning from life as a pastor to life outside of the pulpit can be a difficult and challenging process as those who have spent their entire career as pastors adjust into a new career.  Pastors in Transition, […]

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Leading Well in the Home

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   There are multiple and sometimes, ambiguous definitions of what we refer to as “leadership.” Leaders have been characterized as visionary, transformational, charismatic, and even servant-oriented. In today’s post-modern culture, one that increasingly undermines a Christian worldview, leadership challenges abound everywhere for moms and dads in the 21st century. Many would argue […]

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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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The Call to Care: Lay Counseling and the Local Church

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   We are surrounded and often consumed by our fast-paced, push-button, instant-everything world. Anxiety and depression, substance abuse, marital conflicts, sexual addiction, domestic violence, child abuse, unwanted pregnancy—and the list could go on—are far too commonplace. The truth is that people are hurting and the church is hurting. The Apostle Paul said, […]

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