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Tips for Making the Most of Broken Relationships

Tips for Making the Most of Broken Relationships

Tips for Making the Most of Broken Relationships           One of the most critical tips I can offer for couples that are going through the breakdown or breakup of their relationship is to focus on you. Do your own work. Stop trying to take an inventory of your partner’s shortcomings. The temptation to focus on your partner is never greater. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with all that they have done wrong and how they […]

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Process Based Interpersonal Communication

Process Based Interpersonal Communication

 Relationships are life. Our lives are not our possessions, accomplishments, beauty or intelligence. What is more foundational to life than our relationships? When Jesus was asked to encapsulate God’s vision and values for life he said simply to love God and love our neighbor. Life at its core is about love and relationships. Communication is the transmission in our relationships. Our hearts and minds are our engines. Interpersonal communication is the transmission that converts the passion of our hearts into […]

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Personal Responsibility

One of the cornerstones of the personal growth work that we do at the Center for Christian Life Enrichment (CLE) is our emphasis on living by principles. Principles are beacons that we orient to as we live our lives moment by moment. The principle I want to focus on today is responsibility. Personal responsibility as we practice it at CLE is more than simply being good people and following the rules. In fact, the principle of responsibility is an existential […]

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Faith in Christian Parenting and Counseling

Drawing upon the resources of Christ is invaluable when you are striving to be the best parent you can be. There is no more demanding responsibility on the planet than parenting children. All of us parents and parents-to-be need divine guidance and assistance to be effective parents. Parents in Christian families are especially vulnerable to burn out because they mistakenly believe that their own needs are not important. Instead, they try to pass on to their children truth and blessings they themselves are not experiencing. […]

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Couples Counseling Exercises – CLE Team Discussion

Couples Counseling Exercises - CLE Team Discussion

Couples Counseling Exercises – CLE Team Discussion Working with couples can be a different animal than working with individuals. The role of therapist in the traditional one-on-one dynamic at times becomes more of a traffic cop or referee when it comes to working with couples in couples counseling.  Psychology and Christianity play a central role in many peoples lives and in many of the couples that we work with in our Chicago Christian Counseling center are no different.  While psychology […]

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Is Christian Counseling Right for You? – Rich Blue

Is Christian Counseling Right for You? - Rich Blue

Christian counseling—how do you know if it is right for you? First, let’s talk about what makes counseling Christian.  I would say Christian counseling is characterized by an experience of truth and grace with another human being. Christ’s power is expressed and experienced through His presence. Comfort, healing, insight, instruction, and empowerment come through an experience with your counselor and Him. The stories of Christ’s interactions in the Gospels surprisingly reveal that He didn’t say much nor did He do […]

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Grappling with God: The Journey to Authentic Faith

Writing Grappling with God I am launching a series of blogs in anticipation of the release of my new book, Grappling with God: The Journey to Authentic Faith. The idea to write a book is what Jim Collins refers to as a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal). (Writing a book was a big stretch for me. Historically, my friends would have thought of me as an accomplished athlete and a devout Christian. The last thing I would have dreamed doing […]

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Couple’s Connection: A Look at how to Increase Communication and Resolve Conflict in Your Relationship

Couple’s Connection: A Look at how to Increase Communication and Resolve Conflict in Your Relationship Most couples believe that conflict stems from a lack of communication.  Conflict and communication are two of the most common areas people focus on to improve their relationship. As a Christian couples counselor, I am not interested in avoiding or even diminishing a couple’s conflict. I want to maximize it—to learn how to find and harness the truth underneath the superficial skirmishes. Most of us […]

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The Panic of Insufficiency

The Panic of Insufficiency

The Panic of Insufficiency “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  Pierre Teilhard de Chardin I heard back from the publisher about my most recent book proposal (last count was six previous manuscripts.) It was rejected, yet with extraordinarily kind and constructive comments. This publisher grasped there were pearls buried amidst my thoughts and ideas. Disheartened again! I am feeling vulnerable and lacking confidence. I am fighting the feeling that […]

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Touched by Love

Touched by Love

Touched by Love And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13 Listening to Nancy Rollin’s interview about her terrifying experience at the Boston Marathon touched my heart deeply. I was moved because I could feel how much she cared about all those who were hurt and suffered. Seeing one human being love another is what touches and inspires me the most. Love is a word that is used and […]

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