Great article on the Epiphany. Christians celebrate this solemn feast because it celebrates the worship and divinity of the Christ child by the magi.
The article, “What do Christians really celebrate at Epiphany?” by Mark Woods takes a closer look at this feast. The article states,
“This Sunday churches in the Western tradition will be marking Epiphany, traditionally the end of the Christmas season. It commemorates the visit of the Magi to the infant (or toddler) Jesus in Bethlehem, a story usually folded into the Christmas carol service but actually separated in time by as much as a couple of years.”
To know oneself is critical in any form of life, but especially spiritually life. Knowing our weaknesses and being able to examine ourselves critically and honestly is important to becoming closer to God. Examining our conscience is how we acknowledge our faults before God, express sorrow, confess them and work to avoid those sins and faults in the future. God’s grace is there for all to change a sinful life into a virtuous life. Please also review our Christian Counseling Certification
The article, Examination of conscience, states
“Every evening, make an “examination of conscience”, like a prayer, to determine if it was “the Spirit of God or the spirit of the world” that prompted us throughout the day. This is a decisive action in our “spiritual battle” which leads us to “understand His heart” and the meaning of Christ.”
Good article on sin. Obviously we are all generally broken by sin, but just because we sin does not mean we are terrible people. We sin, we fail, but that does not mean we are utterly disgusting to God. We are simply existing as we were born, with the stain of Original Sin. Through Christ, we are again made beautiful and we are able to find merit before God through Christ. Hence, yes we will fall from time to time, but through Christ, we overcome all brokenness. Please also review our Christian Counseling Certification
The article, I’m not ‘broken’, thanks – I’m just an ordinary sinner, by Mark Woods states,
“Every so often something catches your eye on social media and makes you think, ‘I wonder.’
Today it was the word ‘brokenness’. I’m not sure it was occurring more frequently than usual, but I Googled it. It’s almost always used in Christian circles, and always approvingly.”
Good article on spiritual discernment. Pope Francis as a Jesuit has a unique Ignatian training on discernment that can help many understand their role and how to interpret things in their spiritual life. Please also review our Christian Counseling Certification
The article, Pope Francis teaches discernment for coping with spiritual battles, by Thomas Reese states,
“For Francis, the devil is not a mythical figure but real. “It is precisely the conviction that this malign power is present in our midst that enables us to understand how evil can at times have so much destructive force,” he writes. “We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable.”
Good article on the power of marriage over loss and grief if one keeps Christ in it.
The article, We Lost Our Baby, but We Didn’t Want to Lose Our Marriage, by Tanisha Garnier state,
“My husband and I tried to conceive for a year before seeking medical help. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), and we began preliminary fertility treatments. During that time, I was in such a pit of despair.”
Good article on challenges of Christian Counseling.
The article, The 4 Great Challenges of Christian Counseling, by Kara Bettis states,
“Writing in the Journal of Biblical Counseling, an anonymous female counselor describes an experience with Julia, a six-year-old client. Julia experienced a traumatic accident that left her nearly crippled physically and with severe anxiety. Julia’s case followed the counselor home, distracting the counselor from daily life and infiltrating her dreams as she worried about the girl’s future.”
Emotional states of anxiety and stress are all natural reactions to many stressful situations but sometimes, they can have more diabolical meaning. This article looks at five emotional states and if you are being spiritually attacked
The article, 5 emotional states that could be a sign of a spiritual attack, by JB Cachila states,
“The Bible says that the enemy, the devil, goes around looking for someone to devour. This vile, but utterly defeated, enemy of ours is always on his toes, searching for anybody who believes in Christ so he can attack him and cause him to stumble.”