American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Abiding

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." — John 15:5 “Abiding is to be an act of the will and the whole heart. You are the branch.—You need be nothing more. You need not for one single moment of the day take upon you the responsibility of the Vine. You need not leave the place of entire dependence and unbounded confidence.” — Andrew Murray   It is importan...

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Rabboni: Knowing the Resurrected One

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   Mary Magdalene.  A woman whose entire life and persona had been controlled and dominated by demonic activity.  She battled not just one spirit of evil.  She was consumed with seven.  Until one day, when she had a divine appointment with Jesus – “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out…” (Luke 8:2 ESV)  After that encounter, she became a committed follower of Christ.  Her story had become His story.  Perhaps that is why she was ...

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Happy Easter: The Death, Burial and Resurrection of Christ

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.   That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and may share in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death. -Apostle Paul     His story… THE Passion. “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly” (Luke 22:44 ESV) The Garden. A place where Jesus had come many times before to pray. But this time was different. This time He was in an agony. What’s interesting is that this is the only time this phrase is used in all ...

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Created for Covering: How to Restore the Covering

Robert Shaw, D.Min.   Excerpted with permission from Created for Covering: Understanding the Concept of Safety and Covering in Relationships for Men and Women.     God’s design has no flaws.  Adam’s behavior caused an opening in the “hedge”, and sin and evil influence walked right on in to harass relationships and the family.  The […]

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Smart Stepfamilies: What to Do When the Other Home is Leading Kids Away From Christ

Ron Deal, M.A.   When parents are split between two homes, what can the Christian parent do if the other home is leading their children away from Christ (or if an extended family member is doing so)? One challenge of faith training has always been how to minimize the world’s influence upon our children. When […]

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How do you Learn About People’s Cultures? Start by Becoming Aware of Your Own Culture

Mark Crear, Ph.D.   It may seem odd that in order to learn about people in other cultures, we start by becoming more aware of our own culture. But we believe this is true. Why? If you haven’t had a chance to understand how your culture has affected you first hand, it’s more difficult to […]

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Christ-Like Confrontation

Eric Scalise, Ph.D.   What goes through your mind when you hear the word, “Confrontation?” Do you think, “Oh no… here we go again. It’s going to be a fight and it’s going to get ugly.” Nevertheless, having a good understanding of the process can result in a win-win orientation and still allow all parties […]

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Breaking Free From Bullies: Helping Kids and Adolescents Be Strong and Be Kind

  Susan Boyd, LMFT   Bullying has become a widespread problem in our world today. As parents, counselors, and people-helpers, it is painful to watch as the children we love experience bullying from their peers. What are some ways to help children and teenagers break free from bullies? This blog series will target different aspects […]

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Lay Counseling and the Local Church

Dr. Eric Scalise   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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But

Tim Clinton, Ed.D.    “You face your greatest opposition when you’re closest to your biggest miracle.” Bishop T. D. Jakes   “And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.”  G. K. Chesterton   Often, the most powerful, life-changing miracles seem to happen in the “buts” of life. Consider the story of Naaman.  2 Kings 5:1 describes him with glowing accolades. Commander of the army of the king o...

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