Forgiveness and connecting in the dysfunctional family

Writing in Faith Gateway, Leslie Leyland Fields and Dr. Jill Hubbard write about connection, forgiveness and the dysfunctional family. As much as we might like to have picture perfect parents and wonderful well-adjusted children – this is just not the case. So, what do you do? Can you have forgiveness and connecting in the dysfunctional family? (more…)

Can you be addicted to Internet games?

[caption id="attachment_628" align="aligncenter" width="300"] An addiction to online gaming can put your life on hold - or worse. Reach out to J.D. Murphy if you or somebody you love is struggling with addiction to online games.[/caption] Can you or somebody you love be addicted to Internet games? It sounds harmless — after all, it's just a game. And, for many people,...[ read more ]

Why get treated for PTSD?

[caption id="attachment_596" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Get relief from PTSD and enjoy time with your family [/caption] Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common ailment affecting the well-being of many individuals. Whether caused by a physical or emotional event, one in 30 American adults suffer from PTSD. If you are suffering from PTSD, we can help. (more…)

Can you get addiction out of your genes?

In the blog for the American Association of Christian Counselors, Tim Jennings, M.D. writes, "If there are pathways in our nervous system laid down with addiction, are they destroyed at conversion, or as we walk on a daily basis with CHRIST, or are they always there? Fascinating new brain research gives ever increasing insight into how our faith relationship with...[ read more ]

Is there a link between depression and wellbeing?

[caption id="attachment_562" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Depression may increase the risk of serious disease.[/caption] From dailyRx News: A new study found that the risk of stroke in adults over the age of 50 may double when a patient has depression. This risk may remain high even after depression symptoms disappear. (more…)

Is perfectionism constructive or self-destructive?

Writing in the People in Recovery Blog, Dr. Brené Brown differentiates between healthy self-focused striving and perfectionism. Perfectionism is other-focused. "What will they think?" is the question first and foremost in the mind of the perfectionist. Perfectionism is a twenty-ton shield that we lug around thinking will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from...[ read more ]

Five radical counter-cultural truths about our bodies

Writing on Faith Gateway, Pastor Rick Warren lists five radical counter-cultural truths about our bodies. Based on passages of Scripture, here are some of the five radical truths about our bodies that run counter-culturally to everything you hear today. Our culture teaches us, “My body is mine to do whatever I want to with it.” …If you bought a million-dollar racehorse,...[ read more ]

Relationships: friend or foe

What is your typical response to relationship wounds?  Do you pull away and isolate? Do you seek out relationships with others to assist you in working through the conflict?  Do you engage in a relationship with objects or activities such as food, drugs, alcohol or sex?  Or do you remain engaged in the relationship within which you were wounded in...[ read more ]

Does “dysfunctional family” describe your childhood?

How dysfunctional is your own family? Are childhood wounds from your dysfunctional family an insurmountable obstacle to your growth and a happiness as a adult and as a parent? I don't think so. Writing in FaithGateway, Max Lucado points out just how dysfunctional families were in the Book of Genesis. (more…)

Should Christians single out gay lifestyle when defending marriage?

Pastor David Platt, in his latest book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Homosexuality, Racism, Sex Slavery and other Social Issues, Platt said that pondering cultural questions about homosexuality has shifted his focus from why some men and women have same-sex attraction to why society has broken from God's intended plan. (more…)