Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:35

The Body of Christ in Our Hurting World

Christmas is upon us.  We busily decorate and shop and cook.  We know we are called by Christ to serve those in need, so we schedule time to stuff Samaritan’s Purse boxes, buy toys for Angel Tree children, and give to the Food Bank.  As we work with our church family and friends to help others, do we recognize that need comes in many forms?  As we pass each other in the halls of church every Sunday morning saying… “Merry Christmas…how are you?”... do we recognize that many of us are hiding our pain as we answer… “I’m fine, Merry Christmas!”

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In the field of counseling, one of the most powerful and effective forms of therapy is cognitive behavioral therapy. During this kind of therapy, the clinician helps the client examine deep rooted beliefs for validity/truth or utility/usefulness.

 

These beliefs may be so ingrained in identity that they are outside of conscious awareness but subconsciously contribute to everyday reactions and major life decisions. These unexamined beliefs or assumptions can trigger maladaptive emotions, physical sensations, behaviors, communications and finally, unpleasant consequences.

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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 14:03

Pursue Goals Like a Champion

The word goal tends to make us cringe, as initial thoughts include sacrifice and misery.  Building goals from a platform of achievement and satisfaction, however, makes the process seem less daunting and more palatable.  Who better than Paul, an encourager and Champion in Christ, to guide us through goal creation and attainment?  In his pep talks, he uses athletic analogies involving achievement.  In true sports psychology fashion, Paul encourages visualization and mental rehearsal to persevere.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, he writes, “run in such a way as to get the prize” instead of “running aimlessly” or “beating the air.”  If you feel like you’re fighting without purpose or spinning your wheels, here are some Paul-inspired tips for building and achieving goals.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Pastoral Care: When to Refer

Faith communities are the crisis hospital for souls and provider of mental and spiritual health services in our culture.  Through worship, education, fellowship and mission, the church invites people into healthy relationships with God, self and others.  Since churches offer these services to the community, then the church can count itself among the providers of mental health.

Sometimes it is appropriate for clergy to partner with service providers in the community to care for an individual, couple or family due to the degree of severity, need, availability of time, and level of training required.  In these instances, the ministry and art of referral are extensions of the Church’s ministry.

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