American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Are You An Ambassador?

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   Not that long ago, I was sorting through a drawer full of odds and ends—items long forgotten—and a small clasped envelope drew my attention. When I opened it up, a flood of memories swept over me. The envelope contained all of my father’s passports. He was a diplomat with the U.S. […]

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The Best Valentine’s Present Ever!

Jared Pingleton, Psy.D.     Today is about romance, hearts, flowers, cards, candy and wonderful fond, fuzzy feelings. But what happens tomorrow? See, the truth is that mature love is not based on feelings, fancy, or fickleness. Warm and fuzzy feelings are the result, not the cause, of love. Unfortunately, Hollywood and Hallmark have taught us that romantic love is generated by the other person and is focused on us. We have been conditioned to expect the other person to initia...

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Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Rhona Epstein, Psy.D., C.A.C.     “Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places…” -Johnny Lee   When Valentine’s Day rolls around, I find myself returning to my favorite chick flicks.  One such movie is What Women Want; I find so powerful that scene where Nick Marshall (played by Mel Gibson) struggles with his feelings […]

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Our Whole Heart

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “What a man is before God, that he is and nothing more” -St Francis of Assisi    Delilah said to him, “How can you say you ‘I love you’ when your heart is not with me?...So Sampson told her all that was in his heart…when Delilah saw that he had told her all that was in his heart, she sent and called the lord of the Philistines…and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his hair…she said, “The Philistines are upon you...

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What’s in a Name?

Robert Shaw, D.Min.     Excerpted with permission from Created for Significance: Discovering Who Defines Us and How We Obtain our Significance.     Names today, especially exotic names, have become very trendy.  Many of these names are given because of their meanings.  Exotic names also are given to gain the spotlight, often especially for […]

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The Courage to Fear

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “Do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” — Matthew 10:28   “To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the greatness of God and his love. It means that, because of his bright holiness and magnificent love, you find him ‘fearfully beautiful.’ That is why the more we experience God’s grace and forgiveness, the more we experience a tre...

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Why Gratitude Should Be a Gift in Every Season of Your Life

Lisa Murray, M.A.     Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul. -Henry Ward Beecher   The fact that we had made it meant so much. Our first Thanksgiving together was a miracle of sorts.  This fragile, blended family had endured so much in such a short amount of time, many could have […]

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Adding to the World

Steve Wright, M.A.     Research is pretty clear. People who have a strong sense of purpose experience meaning and satisfaction in life. They tend to be happier, less prone to mental illness, and more capable of overcoming life’s difficulties. But, what does it really mean to have purpose? I would like to propose that […]

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Anxiety and Eating Disorders

Greta Gleissner, LCSW     Feelings of anxiousness from life’s daily events are absolutely normal. We all feel them. However, when feelings of fear and worry take over one’s ability to lead a normal life, such as maintaining a healthy diet, it can lead to an anxiety disorder. Half of all of those suffering from […]

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Look Up

Tim Clinton, Ed.D. When it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. - G. K. Chesterton The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he knows his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts to God. - Jim Cymbala “Why are you cast down, O my soul? Hope in God…” - King David   Downcast. Does that describe your world?  Are you discouraged?  May be even a little depressed?  Ha...

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