Pornography and Avoidance

Pornography is sexually explicit material that dehumanizes, objectifies, and degrades men and women for the purpose of sexual arousal. Unfortunately, Internet pornography is more popular than ever (see statistics to the left). Pornography promotes escape from reality. It allows the user to participate in sexual behavior without responsibility or consequences. Many rationalize this type of avoidant [...]

2018-05-01T10:58:19-04:00March 12th, 2018|

Reflecting on Family Time and Christmas

During the Holidays, many of us reflect on spending time with family.  Ideally we hope for meaningful family experiences of love, belonging and celebration. These images are portrayed in popular art such as this classic Norman Rockwell's portrait. Originally appearing in the Saturday Evening Post, Rockwell portrays a joyous family homecoming at Christmas. We love [...]

2020-02-28T23:57:39-05:00December 19th, 2017|

On Being Thankful

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:2 Times of prayer and thanking God for the harvest date back to the Protestant Reformation and continued as Pilgrims and Puritans settled in America.  Charlie Brown was always concerned with the commercialization of [...]

2017-11-19T03:07:29-05:00November 19th, 2017|

How Do You Cope With Stress?

 Take The Following Quiz:   Take a few minutes to identify the most important problem you have faced during the last year. Then, using the scale below, indicate how often you used each of the following strategies to deal with it.   3 = Fairly Often         2 = Occasionally         1 [...]

2017-07-22T13:56:25-04:00July 22nd, 2017|

Are You Feeling Stressed Out?

Take the following quiz to determine your stress level. Check out your quiz results. Let’s see how you measured up on your stress assessment! Here are the average scores according to age, gender and marital status.  Higher than average scores indicate problematic stress reactions:   AGE   GENDER               [...]

2017-07-08T14:26:20-04:00July 8th, 2017|

What’s Your Parenting Style?

Want to learn more about your parenting style and effective parenting techniques?   Improved parenting can transform a child's life, or be the turning point in many chronic family problems.  This month we will be focusing on the importance of the parent child relationship. Christian Counseling Associates offers Christian Active Parenting to help families.  This famous 6-session [...]

2017-05-13T19:08:24-04:00May 13th, 2017|

The Perception of Permanency in Marriage

Is your marriage built to last? Just take a moment and ask an honest question:  Is your marriage built to last? When you reflect on your life together with your spouse, do you believe that your commitment is for a lifetime? Among many problems that couples experience, faulty core beliefs about one another are often [...]

2017-05-12T13:43:50-04:00May 12th, 2017|

Changing American Family

Challenges of the Changing American Family Today less than half of all families are comprised of a traditional family structure including a mother, a father and their biological children. Blended families have now become the norm, not the exception. Passing on the Legacy    Parenting in blended families can often seem like uncharted territory. [...]

2020-02-29T00:03:54-05:00February 24th, 2017|

Five Ways to Reduce Stress as a Single Parent

Help for Single Parents There may not be a job more difficult in the world than being a single parent. The stress that develops from being overwhelmed as a parent affects the emotional well-being of many. God's word tells us, "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to [...]

2017-02-07T21:24:48-05:00February 7th, 2017|

Seven Highly Effective Habits of Godly Parents

Seven Highly Effective Habits of Godly Parents The child-parent relationship has a major influence on child development. When effective, parenting skills and behaviors have a positive impact on self-esteem, school achievement, cognitive development and behavior. However, instilling Godly habits gives parenting the best chance at succeeding.  Below is an infographic depicting the seven highly effective [...]

2016-11-01T18:42:40-04:00November 1st, 2016|

Addiction and The Road to Recovery

Addiction and drug dependence have a high cost.  Although debates over legalization will continue, families are clearly concerned as they witness (maybe once illegal) drugs become more available to teens. Furthermore, many community leaders may now fall silent on the harmful effects of mood altering substances, as recent opinion polls demonstrate that public opinion is [...]

2015-06-05T12:28:12-04:00June 5th, 2015|

The Cycle of Addiction

We often ask children the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With hope we hear things like firefighter, dancer, or super hero.  We dream of growing up and doing something important and full of purpose.  I have never heard a child say, “I want to be an addict someday.” [...]

2021-08-07T13:57:58-04:00May 16th, 2015|

Adolesence and Identity

Who Am I? "But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them." (Psalm 103:17 - 18) In the 1940's, psychologist Erik Erikson became well known for studying "identity" and [...]

2014-11-01T14:05:37-04:00November 1st, 2014|

Marriage Moment–Invest

A recent article at asked the question, "How much does the average divorce cost?"  Just calculating the average legal fees, the estimated price tag was at $15,000 to $30,000. A closer look reveals other factors that are costly.  Court costs, split assets, 401(k) loss, and other potential credit issues can raise the above estimate [...]

2014-10-29T14:02:23-04:00October 29th, 2014|

Caring for Our Children

"Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it."  (Proverbs 22:6) A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010) estimated that by age 5, up to 14% of children are developing significant social or emotional issues. Similar reports [...]

2014-10-18T13:36:31-04:00October 18th, 2014|

Family Victory: Identify Your Parenting Style

During the 1960's, developmental psychologist Diana Baumrind studied and described three different types of parenting styles: (1) Authoritarian, (2) Permissive, and (3) Authoritative. Later researchers identified a fourth type, the uninvolved parent. Authoritarian parents were identified as having strict rules and expectations, being very demanding, utilizing punishments with little or no explanation. They gave children [...]

2014-05-17T22:03:51-04:00May 17th, 2014|

Family Victory: Faithful Communication

Happy Mother's Day!  Does the picture above look familiar?  It is one of the many golden skills of Motherhood. I hope you have cherished memories of a Mom who was able to connect with you during the tough times, find out what was going wrong, and then help to encourage you.  Mom's help a great [...]

2014-05-10T22:01:36-04:00May 10th, 2014|

Family Victory: Purpose Driven Parenting

  When was the last time you asked your children about their goals in life?  Curiously, many parents who were surveyed about this topic admitted that they were not adequately prepared to answer this question.  In the fast paced business of life... between jobs, school, sports, and other activities ...they hadn't had the time. When [...]

2014-05-03T22:01:01-04:00May 3rd, 2014|

Family Victory: Celebrate with Him

At my home church, there is a statistic that is frequently brought into focus, "In a 5 mile radius of this church, 33 thousand people do not have a church home." I suspect this statistic is typical for most church congregations in Western Pennsylvania.  There are many families that are disconnected from Jesus Christ and [...]

2014-04-19T21:55:35-04:00April 19th, 2014|

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