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25 Scripture Verses to Pray during Advent

25 Scripture Verses to Pray during Advent | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
Read 25 Scripture Verses to Pray during Advent by Candace Crabtree and more articles, devotionals and current events stories on Christmas and Advent
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Good article to guide us to nourishing scriptural knowledge in our preparation of the Feast of the Incarnation

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The Spiritual Practice of Singing and Why It Matters

The Spiritual Practice of Singing and Why It Matters | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
There's something spiritual about music. One can even go as far as to say that God made us to be creatures that sing — and more importantly to declare His praises.
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"There's something spiritual about music. One can even go as far as to say that God made us to be creatures that sing — and more importantly to declare His praises."


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How We Can Be Poor In Spirit?

How We Can Be Poor In Spirit? | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be poor in the spirit, and why would God want us to be poor?
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How We Can Be Poor In Spirit?

 

Good article about the health of our spirituality and what it truly means to be poor

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What the Bible Says about Giving Thanks (and Why It’s Important to Believers)

What the Bible Says about Giving Thanks (and Why It’s Important to Believers) | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
What the Bible Says about Giving Thanks (and Why It’s Important to Believers),Renée Davis - Study from the Bible and be encouraged to grow your faith!
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"What the Bible Says about Giving Thanks (and Why It’s Important to Believers),Renée Davis - Study from the Bible and be encouraged to grow your faith!"

 

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3 Ways to Make Sure Your Family Doesn’t Skip the Real Meaning of Thanksgiving

3 Ways to Make Sure Your Family Doesn’t Skip the Real Meaning of Thanksgiving | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
3 Ways to Make Sure Your Family Doesn’t Skip the Real Meaning of Thanksgiving,Susan Mead - Read more about spiritual life growth, Christian living, and faith.
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3 Ways to Make Sure Your Family Doesn’t Skip the Real Meaning of Thanksgiving

 

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How to Discover God's Perfect Will for You

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How to Discover God's Perfect Will for You,Pete Briscoe - Read more about spiritual life growth, Christian living, and faith.
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5 Unhealthy Mindsets That Inhibit Your Spiritual Growth

5 Unhealthy Mindsets That Inhibit Your Spiritual Growth | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
Just like natural growth, spiritual growth can be stunted by wrong mindsets that hold us back from experiencing more of Christ. Here are five unhealthy mindsets that inhibit spiritual growth.
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"Just like natural growth, spiritual growth can be stunted by wrong mindsets that hold us back from experiencing more of Christ. Here are five unhealthy mindsets that inhibit spiritual growth."

 

 

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5 Subtle Signs of Burn-out And The Simple Spiritual Truths That Can Help Fix It

5 Subtle Signs of Burn-out And The Simple Spiritual Truths That Can Help Fix It | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
The sad reality is sometimes people who believe, act and pray can still fall into burn out. There's a reason for that but thankfully there's also some things we can do to turn the picture around.
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5 Subtle Signs of Burn-out And The Simple Spiritual Truths That Can Help Fix It

"The sad reality is sometimes people who believe, act and pray can still fall into burn out. There's a reason for that but thankfully there's also some things we can do to turn the picture around."

 

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5 Spiritual Mistakes That Are Sure To Extinguish Your Passion For God

5 Spiritual Mistakes That Are Sure To Extinguish Your Passion For God | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
If we want to keep loving God and loving others, the call to keep our passion for God burning should always be pursued. Here are five mistakes that we make that stop that pursuit and end up extinguishing our passion for God.
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Five common  mistakes to avoid if you wish to keep your passion for God alive

 

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A Tricky Holiday: Should Christians Ignore or Embrace Halloween?

A Tricky Holiday: Should Christians Ignore or Embrace Halloween? | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
Read A Tricky Holiday: Should Christians Ignore or Embrace Halloween? by Sarah Hamaker and more articles, devotionals and current events stories on Halloween
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Some Christians ignore it, others merely secularize it but we cannot ignore its origins and satanic realities.

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Theology and pastoral care ‘go hand in hand’, Pope tells JPII Institute

Theology and pastoral care ‘go hand in hand’, Pope tells JPII Institute | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
Vatican City, Oct 27, 2016 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Doctrine and theological reflection are to be formed by its evangelizing purpose and by pastoral concerns, Pope Francis told the faculty and students of the John Paul II Institute on Thursday.“Theology and pastoral care go hand in hand,” the Pope said Oct. 27 at the Vatican's Clementine Hall. “Theological doctrine that doesn’t let itself be directed and formed by its evangelizing purpose and by the Church’s pastoral concerns is no less unthinkable than pastoral activity that doesn’t know how to use revelation and tradition to better understand the Faith and preach it as Jesus commands.”Francis' address marked the opening of the new academic year for the institute, which will be celebrating its 35th anniversary. The address to open the academic year had been scheduled to be delivered by Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, but he was replaced by the Pope earlier this month.Pope Francis began, saying that the “fruitfulness and value of the far-sighted intuition” of St. John Paul II “can be recognized and appreciated ever more clearly today. His wise discernment of the 'signs of the times' has enabled us to refocus, in the Church, and in society as a whole, our attention on the depth and sensitivity of the relationship that springs from the marriage covenant between a man and a woman.”He lamented the forces that strain the marriage bond and families ties, citing “a culture that glorifies narcissistic individualism, the idea that freedom can be unhinged from our responsibility for one another, growing indifference to the common good, the imposition of ideologies that directly attack the traditional family, together with poverty that threatens the future of so many families.”Mentioning the complexity of “newly developed technologies that make possible courses of action that are in conflict with authentic human dignity,” the Pope advised “a much closer relationship between the Saint John Paul II Institute and the Pontifical Academy for Life.”The proximity of that relationship is facilitated by Pope Francis' recent appointment of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as grand chancellor of the St. John Paul II Institute and as president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. The institute's previous grand chancellor had been, ex officio, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, currently Cardinal Agostino Vallini.The Pope said that culture's individualism, “leading 'me' to prevail over 'us' and the individual over society … goes against God’s plan, the plan that has entrusted the world and history to the covenant between man and woman. By its very nature, this covenant calls for cooperation and respect, generous commitment and shared responsibility, and the ability to recognize difference as being richness and promise, not a justification for subjugation and abuse.”To understand the dignity of both man and woman “requires a proper appreciation of the relationship between the two. How can we know fully our own concrete humanity other than through an appreciation of the complementary difference between ourselves, man or woman, and the other sex?”This knowledge is reached, he said, “as man and woman speak to each other, question each other and act together, with mutual respect and good will. It is impossible to deny the contribution that modern culture has made to the rediscovery of the difference between the sexes.”“For this reason, it is very troubling that this same culture appears unable to get beyond a tendency to eliminate difference rather than addressing the problems that threaten it,” he added.Francis reflected that it is “only in the cradle of the family” that the covenant of marriage between man and woman can first be nourished, and that “when all is well between man and woman, all is also well in the world and in history. If not, the world becomes unwelcoming and history grinds to a halt.”The Pope said that the “witness of the thoroughgoing humanity and pure beauty of the Christian ideal of the family should inspire us to our very core … The love that is in the Church commits itself to the development, in doctrine and in pastoral practice, of its own ability to make understandable, to people of our own time, the truth and beauty of God’s creative plan.”To make this plan effective today “requires a special and loving understanding, as well as a complete commitment to evangelization that is animated by great compassion and mercy toward the vulnerability and weakness of human love.”“The dynamism of the relationship among God, man and woman is a golden key that unlocks the meaning of the world and of history and of all that is in them, as well as, after all, something of the depth of the love that is God Himself. Can we embrace the greatness of such a revelation?” he asked. “Do we know how to keep the new generations from giving up and bring them back to the boldness of this plan?”In the face of this, Pope Francis recalled the reality of sin, saying that “we have to learn not to resign ourselves to human failure but rather to support the fulfillment of God’s plan by every means possible.”He quoted from his apostolic exhortation on love in the family, Amoris laetitia, saying it is right to admit that at times “we have presented a theological ideal of matrimony that is too abstract, almost artificial, far from the concrete situation of families and from what they are capable of in their day-to-day lives. This excessive idealization, particularly when we haven’t reawakened any trust in grace, hasn’t made matrimony more desirable and attractive, it has made it less so.”The justice of God “shines forth in His faithfulness to his promise, and the splendor of that faithfulness …  is the mercy He bestows,” Francis commented.He stated that the 2014 and 2015 Synods on the Family “were in agreement about the need to broaden the Church’s understanding of and love for the mystery of human love that reveals God’s love for everyone,” and that Amoris laetitia “emphasizes this wider understanding of love and calls on the whole People of God to make the family dimension of the Church more visible and more effective.”Christian families should become proud of putting grace “at the service of all those who, poor and abandoned, despair of ever finding it, or getting it back. Pastoral discourse today isn’t just about how far many Christians are from the ideal and the practice of the Christian truth about matrimony and the family,” he said.“Much more important is the idea of the Church’s 'closeness' – closeness to new generations of married couples in making the Church’s blessing of the matrimonial and family ever more central to their lives, and in helping them confront human weakness so that grace can deliver, give new life and heal.”The Pope called the “unbreakable bond between the Church and its sons and daughters” the “clearest witness we have of God’s faithful and merciful love.”The John Paul II Institute is tasked with supporting “the necessary openness of intelligence formed by faith in the service of the pastoral mission of Peter’s Successor,” he told them, recalling the importance of pastors – and theologians – of “smelling like the sheep”.“Theology and pastoral care go hand in hand,” he said. “Theological doctrine that doesn’t let itself be directed and formed by its evangelizing purpose and by the Church’s pastoral concerns is no less unthinkable than pastoral activity that doesn’t know how to use revelation and tradition to better understand the Faith and preach it as Jesus commands.”Pope Francis concluded his address, saying the Church's mission “must be rooted in the happiness that faith brings and in the humility that marks joyful service to the Church. The Church that is, not imaginary churches that we think should be.”“The living Church in which we live, the beautiful Church to which we belong, the Church of the one Lord and one Spirit to which we commit ourselves as servants who are 'worthless' but who offer their best to the Lord, the Church that we love so that all can love it, the Church in which we feel ourselves loved more than we deserve, and for which we are ready to sacrifice with perfect happiness!”
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Reflections on Being 40, Single, and Childless

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Reflections on Being 40, Single, and Childless - Bethany Jenkins - Read about Christian dating and get advice, help and resources on Christian single living.
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How to Help Loved Ones Who Refuse to Cope with Their Grief

How to Help Loved Ones Who Refuse to Cope with Their Grief | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
Read How to Help Loved Ones Who Refuse to Cope with Their Grief from Dr. Roger Barrier and get Christian, Biblical advice on today's issues.
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3 Things That Will Help You Grow Spiritually

3 Things That Will Help You Grow Spiritually | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
Just like how a newborn baby needs nourishment to grow healthy and strong—sustaining his growth into puberty, teenage years, and eventually into adulthood—our spirit needs to be nourished and given enough care to grow healthy and strong.
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3 Things That Will Help You Grow Spiritually

 

"Just like how a newborn baby needs nourishment to grow healthy and strong—sustaining his growth into puberty, teenage years, and eventually into adulthood—our spirit needs to be nourished and given enough care to grow healthy and strong."

 

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Iconography classes draw non-Orthodox in search of spiritual images | The Christian Century

Iconography classes draw non-Orthodox in search of spiritual images | The Christian Century | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
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Who is Called to Adopt?

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Who is Called to Adopt? - Russell Moore Christian blog and commentary on Crosswalk.com.
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10 Reasons It’s Good to Give Thanks

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10 Reasons It’s Good to Give Thanks,Sarah Landrum - Read more about spiritual life growth, Christian living, and faith.
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Tell God How Thankful You are with These 5 Psalms!

Tell God How Thankful You are with These 5 Psalms! | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
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What to Do When You're on the Edge of Separation

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What to Do When You're on the Edge of Separation,- Dr. David marriage help and advice.
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Why What You Wear Is A Spiritual Statement

Why What You Wear Is A Spiritual Statement | Christian Spiritual Counseling | Scoop.it
Syrian child refugees have been found making clothes for major fashion labels such as Mango, Zara, ASOS and even our beloved Marks and Spencers. And I'm not even shocked.
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Modesty and who you represent in your clothing is a spiritual statement about yourself and to the world.  Please also review our Christian Counseling training program

 

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4 Guidelines for Voting While Christian

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In the context of this current and most controversial moment, what can we learn from Jesus’ life about how he would vote in this election?
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"In the context of this current and most controversial moment, what can we learn from Jesus’ life about how he would vote in this election?"

 

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Halloween Should Celebrate Saints, Not Sin

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Read Halloween Should Celebrate Saints, Not Sin by Sarah Phillips and more articles, devotionals and current events stories on Halloween
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Christian Alternatives for October 31st

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Christian Alternatives for October 31st, Kathi Macias - Read more about Christian parenting and family.
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The Top 10 Defenses Youth Can Give for Their Beliefs

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The Top 10 Defenses Youth Can Give for Their Beliefs by Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler. Free pastors and Christian leadership resources for your church ministry and congregation at Crosswalk.com
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8 Bad Marriage Habits You Need to Break Right Now

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8 Bad Marriage Habits You Need to Break Right Now, by Dr. David B. Hawkins - Christian Marriage advice and help. Find biblical, helpful Christian resources relating to marriage at Crosswalk.com!
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