The Importance of Prayer to Couples

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On April 22, 2015, my father-in-law, Don, died just a month shy of his 90th birthday. On the day of his funeral, it was estimated that almost 450 people attended his memorial service. If one counted the many others who attended his wake the night before, sent cards or left phone messages the night before but could not attend, then one can only imagine the actual turnout. What a testimony to those who knew Don and were touched in many ...

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Words Matter, Part I

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Words matter in more ways than you can imagine. Have you ever heard these words?

These are the words, not of a delusional man or woman, but of a hurting, confused and discouraged person. Sadly these are the words I hear every day in my office from people. And, honestly, these same words have at times shouted in my soul and mind too.

The Origin and Impact of Negative Words

These demeaning and discouraging words can come ...

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Christian Counseling and Parenting: Training a Child to Be Kind to Others – Part 4

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We come now to the fourth area of parenting focused on by Mary and Joseph. In Luke 2: 52. Find that, “Jesus grew… in favor with man.” I understand this phrase to mean that parents are to help a child to learn good social skills now and for their future as adults. This means learning how to be kind to others.

Areas to “Grow in Favor with Others”

A child needs direction and encouragement on how to view and interact with siblings, ...

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Christian Parenting Skills: Helping Your Child Grow in Wisdom – Part 3

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I hope that you are enjoying this series on Christian parenting skills. Parenting is one of the toughest jobs in the world, but fortunately God gives us the grace to see it through and to help our children grow in love and wisdom. But what does it mean to encourage wisdom?

Encouraging and “Reinforcing” Wisdom

Questions often arise around how can parents facilitate a child’s involvement activities that facilitate growth.

First, as parents you have the ability to design the requirements and structure ...

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Christian Counseling and Parenting – Part 2

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Before reading this information about Christian counseling and parenting, consider the following:

What Is Statue?

In the Luke passage we find that “Jesus grew in stature.” This category encompasses almost everything that pertains to the growth and physical development of a child. I typically focus on four main areas for helping parents manage and nurture “stature” in the home. These include: 

  1. The physical health and growth of a child: Early on, parents have the full responsibility to clothe, feed, and help a ...
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Christian Counseling and Parenting – Part 1 of 4

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A Biblical Verse to Help You with Christian Counseling and Parenting

Solomon spoke of this in Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Nurturing the development of a child means following the example of Mary and Joseph. While they were entrusted with the perfect and all-knowing Son of God, nevertheless the humanity of Jesus from birth to adulthood had to be nurtured in the same manner ...

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Christian Counseling and Parenting

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This verse regarding Christian counseling and parenting may sound familiar to you. Solomon wrote a Biblical principle that many parents may find strangely familiar. He said in Proverbs 22:6: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”

Insights from a Christian Counselor

I’ll never forget when Pastor Charles Swindoll explains this verse to our congregation at the First Evangelical Free Church in Fullerton, California. He made many memorable points that day, ...

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Christian Counseling, Communication and Mondegreens

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Since this is an article on communications, it is important to define and clarify this word: mondegreens. Mondegreens are mangled song lyrics that a listener might mishear or misunderstand.

Here are some examples:

“I’m just a girl” by No Doubt has been misheard as, “I’m just a squirrel”.

Our Star Spangled Banner begins with the words “O, Say can you see?” not “Jose can you see?”

The Beatles sang about “Paperback writer” not “Pay for ...

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Christian Counseling, Dementia, and the Bible

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I am continually reminded about the sad fact that Alzheimer’s disease strikes more than five million Americans. And it seems each week new stores arise about the tragic and challenging impact dementia is having on people we know and love.

Suggestions on Prevention

While we hope researchers will find a cure of Alzheimer’s, I was reminded of several ways a person can prevent or delay the onset of dementia. Suggestions include:

  1. Eat healthy foods for the brain. This means limiting unhealthy snacks and ...
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Having an “Attitude of Gratitude”

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A familiar question asked to see if a person is an optimist or a pessimist is, “How do you see this half-filled glass of water? Is it half-empty or half-full to you?”

As an overachiever and perfectionist, I saw only half-empty glasses in my life. Even if the level was just below the rim, I felt it was the same as an empty glass. This left me dissatisfied and my heart empty as a result.

Not only would I be upset with ...

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