American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Choosing Your Soul Mate

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   I once told a group of counseling students I did not really believe in premarital counseling. After the awkward pause and allowing the confused expressions to settle in, I smiled and said, “That’s because I believe in pre-engagement counseling.” Engagements, in my opinion, are primarily for planning a couple’s joyful celebration […]

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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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Shame Off You

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   Every marriage and every home offers the opportunity to create meaningful relationships, to lay the groundwork for a secure and healthy self-identity and to incorporate scriptural principles that lead to a vibrant and active celebration of one’s relationship with God. In 1 Corinthians 8, the Apostle Paul tells us that “love […]

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Living, Loving and Leading from Your Backstage

  Johnny Parker, DSL   In my mid 30’s, I was driven to be successful and my life was out of balance.  I was a frontstage focused leader.  I was working for a mega church doing marriage counseling and speaking nationally at marriage conferences.  I was sleeping too little, eating carelessly and had spotty communication […]

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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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A Christian Perspective on 13 Reasons Why

  Sarah Warner, M.S.   13 Reasons Why, a controversial Netflix series released on April 1 of this year, has sparked a great deal of discussion amongst teenagers and adults alike.  The show’s main character, Hannah, is a junior in high school that commits suicide after a slew of unfortunate, but sadly somewhat common, teenage […]

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Four Life-Changing Reasons Children Need To Hear The Word “No”

  Lisa Murray, M.A.     Yes, I heard it a lot growing up.  The word no.  It’s such a little word with a lot of influence on parents and children. No, you cannot watch television all day. No, you may not skip dinner. No, you may not use the car. This word has fallen […]

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So-So or Sozo?

 Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   What does it mean to thrive or flourish in life? In a world where everything seems to be overanalyzed and word-smithed through a lens of political correctness or cultural relevance, is it OK to prosper? The word “thrive” implies moving beyond mere survival and demonstrating growth, positive development, advancement, and success. […]

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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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Research Study Opportunity

Research is incredibly important in the counseling world. It is through research that we learn how to be better people-helpers. Here at the AACC, we always endeavor to support research, and to this end, we are happy to share this letter from Alan Roth. The survey will be available through the end of August.   […]

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