Category Archives: Dysfunctional

Advantage of Christian counseling

“This kind of five bible verses and you’ll be better approach is far more common than many realize.” Continue reading

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When life hurts

When bad things happen to us that we cannot directly control and that prayer will not immediately change, we might find ourselves wrestling through dark nights of the soul concerning how God relates to the hardships of life. Continue reading

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Complex and Corrupt beings

The longstanding Christian view of human responsibility is one reason why evangelicals, (particularly in the field of counseling), have been reticent to accept findings of medical research that attribute moods and behaviors to neuro-physiological deficiencies. Continue reading

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The anatomy of normal sadness

Life is hard when you feel like you’re stuck in a flight pattern you can’t get out of.
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Posted in Anxiety, Change, Christian Counselor, Counseling, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Doctor, Dysfunctional, Emotions, Encouragement, Freedom, Holistic ministry, Hope?, Loss, Medicine, Mind, Mind Renewal, Neuroscience, Pain, Post-abortion, Restoration, Sadness, Wisdom | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Moving from anxiety to peace

Anxiety can trouble our minds and distract us from the normal flow of life. Anxiety can be anything from annoying to distracting to debilitating. It can also be caused by and effect physical conditions. Continue reading

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The girl who never measured up

Sometimes we have to look back to move ahead.  This weekend, I am speaking at a retreat for a group of newly married couples from our Church. About 30 couples will join this event for rest and refreshment in their … Continue reading

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Total Depravity?

We need nothing less than intervention, rescue, redemption, forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration. This is exactly what our Maker provided for us in our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
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