Do you long for faith-based renewal and fulfillment, but feel stuck in a spiritual rut? Are you struggling to make sense of life’s challenges in light of your faith? Do you need help discerning God’s will for your life? Christian counseling provides a space for you to probe the deepest questions human beings can ask—a space to doubt, discern, and discover anew the incredible power of God’s love for you. Whether you are seeking the general support of a spiritual mentor, or want help with a particular spiritual concern, our counselors are delighted to join you in your walk of faith.
The life of faith is one of constant discovery: a life lived in pursuit of deeper questions rather than clear answers. When we are faced with pain, suffering or sorrow, it is especially natural to doubt God’s presence in, and love for, our lives. Sadly, many Christians are not encouraged to see questioning and doubt as an essential experience that fosters a mature spiritual life. At Mill Creek Christian Counseling, our goal is to provide a safe setting for you to explore your faith with integrity.
Spiritual fulfillment is an essential component of personal happiness and satisfaction in life. It is completely normal to experience periods of spiritual ‘drought,’ but God does promise that we have been set free to live holy lives (Romans 6:22). By fostering a lifestyle of holiness, you can direct your spiritual journey toward goodness and truth. The Christian life is spent learning how to live like Christ, which not only pleases God, but also offers the only true means of happiness.
Have you noticed a spiritual attack in your life? Is it affecting your relationships and sense of self? If you think you are being attacked then it is worth seeking out wisdom and understanding of its nature. There is an enemy out there who is in real opposition to you after all. We can help you stand against the enemy and work to discover open doors and footholds used to attack. Approaching situations with a trust and faith in the Lord is key to countering and breaking off attacks. This can be a very difficult process but often requires more letting go and humbling ourselves than heavy lifting.
By Maryann Stigen,
Posted January 15th, 2019
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The topic of forgiveness has been discussed at length across the globe, throughout history, and among several different religions and philosophies. However, there is one specific belief system in which the concept of forgiveness encompasses a depth and magnitude unlike any other in all of the world and that is Biblical Christianity.
The concept of forgiveness is mentioned in the bible at least 75 times throughout the Old and New Testaments. Depending on which translation you use, you may see words like “remission” used in place of the word “forgiveness.”
There are different themes in the Word concerning this concept of forgiveness but they are tied together. There is first the concept of God’s forgiveness towards us, as sinners; and then there is the concept of us, sinners, forgiving fellow sinners. The immensity of this biblical concept is extremely difficult for the human mind to grasp; which must mean that it is meant for our spirits to grasp instead.
Perhaps one of the most powerful verses on forgiveness that exists is the following which combines both of the aforementioned concepts in one passage:
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. – Ephesians 4:32-5:2
Is there anything more convicting than bringing to remembrance how vast the debt we have been forgiven
3 Elements for Everyone to Have in Clear Personal Development Goals
By Spencer Fox,
Posted December 5th, 2018
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“I got through it, I feel fine,
I went to school and did my time,
In a sense I’m out, in a sense I’m free
to be what I want to be.”
– MxPx, “Doing Time”
A child of the 90’s, I grew up on a heavy dose of punk rock and emo music. My favorite band, thanks to my older brother who guided 90 percent of my music interest until I was at least 16, was MxPx. A Christian pop-punk band from my native Washington, they were easy to latch onto.
I remember going to my first concert at 13 to see them, back when cigarettes were still allowed indoors. Luckily, I did not have to convince my mother that the overwhelming aroma of stale smoke and sweat that clung to my clothes after the concert was evidence of any of my own indiscretions. She was there in the back singing along at the top of her lungs herself.
MxPx claimed a major role in forming my teenage philosophies and giving me direction. The first song I ever learned on guitar was “Punk Rawk Show” from their sophomore album Teenage Politics. In short, they were a big part of my life (and I may just be listening to them as I write this today).
As I have grown, my philosophies and beliefs have matured and become more nuanced. However, there is some insight that I believe MxPx can still provide. In the quote above, that final line “to
By Patricia Lyon,
Posted August 8th, 2018
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As we seek to understand our own grief process, this article will draw from the resource, Understanding Your Grief, by Alan Wolfelt to outline ten essential touchstones.
Touchstone One: Open to the Presence of Your Loss
“You have probably been taught that pain is an indication that something is wrong and that you should find ways to alleviate the pain.
In our culture, pain and feelings of loss are experiences most people try to avoid. Why? Because the role of pain and suffering is misunderstood. Normal thoughts and feelings after a loss are often seen as unnecessary and inappropriate.”
“You will learn over time that the pain of your grief will keep trying to get your attention until you have the courage to gently, and in small doses, open to its presence. The alternative – denying or suppressing your pain – is, in fact, more painful. I have learned that the pain that surrounds the closed heart of grief is the pain of living against yourself, the pain of denying how the loss changes you, the pain of feeling alone and isolated – unable to openly mourn, unable to love and be loved by those around you.”
Setting our intention to heal is a commitment to sometimes being frightened, painful, and often lonely. No words can take away the pain. However, an intentional letting ourselves be as we are – in our uniqueness – and allowing what is in us to be experienced