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What It Means to Be Happy

In this episode, we discuss what it really means to experience happiness. We look to philosophy and theology and ask: Is happiness just mere pleasure or good feeling? Or is there a deeper explanation of what it means to find lasting satisfaction and fulfillment? Bibliography Aristotle's Ethics - Book I: The Theory of HappinessTen Philosophical MistakesThe Internet Classics ArchiveThe New York TimesTimeLeadership Beyond Reason: How Great Leaders Succeed by Harnessing the Power of Their...

Duration: 00:23:10

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

In this special episode, Tres interviews Randy and Gina Weeks who share the story of how they lost their first child together. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month. Randy and Gina's story provides insight on coping through losing a child, and how you can be a help to those who are grieving. Randy and Gina Weeks reside in Phoenix, Arizona with their three children, Katelyn, Hannah, and Josh. Randy is a locally licensed minister in the Church of the Nazarene, and Gina is a...

Duration: 00:24:34

Starting a Christian Counseling Practice

In this episode, Tres shares the story of how Arizona Christian Counseling came to be. He also shares resources for counselors who also want to launch their own Christian counseling private practice. A rundown of this episode: 0:27 - It’s our 5th anniversary! 1:40 - The Biblical Counseling Course 2:42 - The future of the podcast 5:15 - Why I’m recording from home again 5:36 - The story of Arizona Christian Counseling 10:11 - Two kinds of Christian counselors 11:07 -...

Duration: 00:27:38

Rebuilding Trust

In this episode, Tres describes how we can rebuild trust after it has been broken. He talks about how forgiveness and trust intersect, and the process a couple can take as they recover from a major breach of trust. A rundown of this episode: Resources mentioned: BoundariesBoundaries in MarriageHealing Your Marriage When Trust is Broken

Duration: 00:19:59

Using the Bible in Counseling

In this episode, Tres discusses how the Bible can be used in counseling sessions. He provides some free counseling resources as well as a practical and in-depth approach to studying scripture.

Duration: 00:22:53

Getting the Most Out of Couples Counseling

In this episode, Tres gives some practical considerations for those who are interested in starting couples therapy.

Duration: 00:19:40

Insight for New Relationships

In this episode, Tres shares some of the insight he's gained from counseling hundreds of couples during the first few years of their relationship.

Duration: 00:29:58

Prayer Journaling

In this episode, Tres discusses his favorite tool for personal and spiritual growth. After explaining the purpose of prayer from a biblical perspective, Tres outlines a practical and powerful way to start your own prayer journal so you can connect deeper with God.

Duration: 00:22:56

Biblical Counseling

In this episode, Tres shares the first lesson in the Biblical Counseling Master Course. He discusses the difference between clinical vs. biblical counseling, as well as various approaches in using the Bible to counsel others.

Duration: 00:22:30

Practical Spirituality

In this episode, we discuss how Christian spirituality is intended to be useable, authentic, and practical. We go over a few listener questions that address shame, forgiveness, redemption, and discerning the will of God in our lives.

Duration: 00:25:17

Christian Coaching

In this episode, we interview Jennie Turton of The Christian Coaching School about life coaching. If you are interested in becoming a coach, or getting coached yourself, Jennie shares the philosophy of coaching and how faith is integrated in the process.

Duration: 00:25:00

Surviving the Holidays

Christmas can be a challenging time of year for those struggling with depression, grief, disappointment, and complicated family situations. In this podcast, we discuss how to deal with these situations and approach the holiday season with a new perspective and the ultimate hope found in Christ.

Duration: 00:19:03

Boundaries in Relationships

In this episode, we discuss how to set boundaries in a romantic relationship. We talk about red flags that come up when a couple becomes too enmeshed, and how to use boundaries to strengthen relationships.

Duration: 00:18:16

How to Find a Christian Counselor

In this episode, we discuss certain things to look for when you are seeking the help of a Christian counselor. We go over specific questions to ask and ways to inquire about a counselor's training, approach, and worldview.

Duration: 00:20:08

Setting Boundaries

In this episode, we discuss how to set boundaries with those we love. We talk about the biblical foundation of boundaries and go over a step-by-step process for setting boundaries with loved ones.

Duration: 00:19:41

What It Means to Be Free

In this episode, Tres preaches on Christian freedom. He gives specific examples on how those caught in cycles of defeat can find freedom through the grace and empowerment of Christ.

Duration: 00:27:25

Spiritual Abuse

In this episode, we discuss spiritual pride and the emotional abuse that can stem from it. We go over the signs of spiritual abuse and how to recognize an emotionally healthy church and leadership.

Duration: 00:24:51

Relief from Stress and Anxiety

In this episode, we discuss practical methods to relieve stress. Work can be viewed as "breathing out," so we talk about specific ways to "breathe in" to find restoration and Sabbath rest.

Duration: 00:22:06

Separation and Reconciliation

Is there hope after a marital separation? In this episode, we discuss how couples can reconcile and save a marriage that is on the rocks. We go over some practical insights to consider if you are currently separated from your spouse but seeking reconciliation.

Duration: 00:19:02

Uprooting Bitterness

In this episode, we describe bitterness as "fossilized anger" and discuss the effects that resentment can have on a person, as well as whole communities. We go over some practical strategies that someone can utilize when they are trying to heal from unresolved resentment from the past.

Duration: 00:18:49

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