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‘13 Reasons Why’ Adults Need to Pay Attention to this Teen Show

I don’t know how many of my readers have heard about the original Netflix Series, ’13 Reasons Why’, but after learning about this show, I decided to watch it myself to see what all the hullabaloo was about. The premise of the show is learning about Hannah, and the ‘13 Reasons Why’ she committed suicide. […]

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Social Media and Your Marriage: Top 4 Do’s and Don’ts from a Marriage Expert

by Tonya Larson, LISW

When working with couples in marriage counseling one of the first questions I will ask has to do with what they perceive as interferences to their relationship.  The answer could be that one partner spends too much time at work; or that another spends too much time golfing; or perhaps extended family is too involved […]

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National Clergy Appreciation Month

by Rev. Max Phillips

The stress on pastors has never been light and these days with fewer pastors coming out of seminary the burden is growing. It is not unusual to know several pastors in each district of our church who are now serving three parishes. Quite a few serve either two congregations with many acting as chaplains for various emergency services organizations or other ministry enterprises in addition to serving a congregation. While the increasing volume of work isn’t necessarily bad, it is essential that these extra efforts are recognized for the good that the Lord does through them and that the pastors are encouraged and supported as they take on the extra load.

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12 Simple Things You Can Do To Make A Difference In This World

Celebrate “National Make A Difference Day” every day! Use this list of 12 simple ways to make a positive impact today. Brought to you buy Lutheran Family Service.

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Do You Ever Feel Stuck? Do the Next Right Thing

by Toni Larson

The older I get, the simpler I like life to be.  I have carried this over to my therapy practice as well.  When describing the therapy process to clients in the initial session, there are times when I will say “therapy isn’t rocket science.” I explain that I use no particular formula for therapy and […]

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss – What Can I Do To Help?

by Tracy Stetzel

The loss of a baby is almost always unforeseen. Despite medical advances, nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or still birth. (www.nationalshare.org) Most of us feel helpless and unsure of what to say to couples who have lost a child this way. We can, however, learn more about the […]

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Ten Tips for Maintaining Mental Health

Use these ten tips to maintain your mental health. Brought to you by Lutheran Family Service.

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Can Counseling Really Help? And Where Can I Find a Great Christian Counselor?

by Wanda Pritzel

In this complicated, fast-paced, everchanging world, it’s important to have at least one person you can fully trust to hear, understand and help when needed. If you have that person in your life, thank God for them for you are indeed blessed. But many don’t have that person, and even for those who do, there are times and situation when more help is needed. That’s when a Christian counselor can be most helpful. Talking with a counselor can be life-changing, and sometimes life-saving for you or someone you love who is suffering.

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Window to the Womb: Opening Our Eyes to…

by Pastor Jonathan Conner

Opening Our Eyes to Life in order to Open Our Mouths for It For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (Ps. 139:13) If the womb had a window, what would we see? Would it affect us? Would our appreciation for life change? If we could see the moment of […]

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Helicopter Parenting your College Aged Child

by Manda Boothby, LMHC

The difficulty of letting go Going off to college may be one of the most significant events in a person’s life as they transition from a child to an adult. They have the opportunity for their first taste of freedom and the power to make their own decisions. At least, that is the intended purpose […]

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A Christian Approach To Life’s End

by Pastor Jonathan Conner

On November 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year- old Oregon woman with terminal brain cancer, launched physician directed suicide into the national spotlight when she, with medication prescribed by her doctor, committed suicide. Before she died, she posted these words on Facebook: Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love. Today is […]

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