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Raising Teenagers with Good Values

By John A. Leber Jr. MA, PLPC

Having worked in education for over  six years as a counselor, teacher, and coach, I’ve found one  troubling question that keeps presenting itself: Who is raising our teenagers and from where do they get their values and sense of worth?  The obvious answer would be that their parents are raising them and are instilling the appropriate values and beliefs.  Unfortunately, we need to question this belief and realize that our teenagers are…

Lose and Win at the Same Time: A Lesson from Jesus on Marital Surrender

By Kristy Cobillas, MEd, PLPC

“For whoever wants to save  his life will lose it, but whoever loses  his life for my sake will find it.”  Matthew 16:25

We know in this chapter that Jesus was talking about how the Christ follower is to lay down (or sacrifice) what he or she wants and how he or she thinks things should be, in order to follow the way that is laid out by Christ Jesus.

This same concept of surrender can be applied to the marital unit. Paul states in Ephesians 5:21 that…

Marriage and the Bible

By Michele Anthony, MSW, LCSW

Being married is one thing, but being happily married is quite another. Marriage can be one of the most challenging relationships created by God and sometimes that’s because we enter marriage with unrealistic expectations. Many of us expect that marriage will make us happy. It won’t. All it does is make us married. It’s up to us to make our union a happy one. One of the best ways to increase our chance that our marriage is happy is to clearly understand…

Restoring Your Child By Giving A Behavioral “Re-do”

By Shelley Kues, MEd, LPC, Child Therapist

The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”  And he went outside and wept bitterly. James 1:19

Peter denied Jesus three times on that awful night.  Peter had every intention  of doing “the right thing” earlier that evening when Jesus had predicted that  Peter would disown him. Peter …

Dysfunctional Anger

By Bob Vass, MEd, PLPC, NCC

 

The one who harbors anger is like the person who picks up a hot coal to hurl it at his enemy:  that person is the only one who gets burned.(Chinese Proverb)

So it is with dysfunctional anger – with one significant difference. That kind of anger also affects more than just the perpetrator; it can destroy relationships and ruin families.

There is a distinction between anger as a normal human reaction and anger that turns into irrational rage.  …

What’s In a Name: Who and What We Are

 Agape is the first word in our name and refers to the selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love God has for His children. It’s part of our name because our goal is to reflect that kind of love as much as we humanly can to each and every one of our clients. We seek God’s wisdom, grace, and truth, without being condemning, judgmental, or combative.

I’m Darrell Provinse, Executive Director of Agape Christian Counseling Services. It seemed fitting in launching the first …