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A collection of posts and writings.
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Benefits to Mindful Meditation

There are many benefits to mindful meditation.  Mindful meditation can be used within Dialectetical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).  DBT is a modality that counselors use to equip clients with the tools necessary to achieve their goals.  The four pillars of DBT include Distress Tolerance Skills, Emotional Regulation Skills, Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills, and Mindfulness.  Mindfulness is defined as or our ability to stay in

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Ten Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Your Salvation

1. The gospel is devoid of conditionality, save for one’s initial faith statement (John 5:24; 6:37; 10:28-29). Belief in the person and work of the Savior saves me on a continual basis, apart from any personal effort. Nowhere do I read I must continually perform in order to remain saved. Passages that seem to teach

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How Do We Integrate Faith With Psychology?

What do you think of when you hear the phrase “Christian” counseling? We hear so many people say they want Christian counseling, but what exactly do they mean? The quick answer is that it depends on your theology. If we look at counseling on a continuum, on one end is secular psychology, which uses science and

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The Blessing of Our Common Confession

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory. – 1 Tim. 3:16 This is the fourth post in a series in which we are looking at

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Congregational Meeting Highlights from Pastor Marty

Dear Worshipper:  The Lord continues to bless this church, and we are thankful for His leadership and empowerment. Thanks to all members who attended our bi-annual business meeting this last Sunday. Your presence allowed us to conduct the church’s business and bring you up-to-speed regarding how the church is doing and what missional events we

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How Do I Respond and Not React?

There are many situations in which we react to situations and people instead of responding to them? For example, if your teenager comes to you and tells you they crashed your brand-new car and totaled it, would you react or would you be able to respond? If you get to work and you see someone

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Helping Children Heal Through Play Therapy

Children experiencing emotional distress often do not have the ability to verbally express their emotions. Play therapy is a powerful way for children to find healing. I’m sure we’ve all witnessed a preschooler throwing a temper tantrum. It may be easy to dismiss that child as spoiled. More than likely the child is experiencing several

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The Power of Ordinary People

In the era of “influencers,” it seems the power of being ordinary has been lost.  Ordinary is an anathema to the religion of social media. It’s the purgatory of the not “followed”, the curse of the not “liked.”  Ordinary doesn’t stand out. It’s barely noticed. It’s the state of being there, but that’s about it.

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Pray for Those In Authority; Yes Even Putin

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. – 1 Tim. 2:1-2 In this series, we are looking at Paul’s

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Parking Update from Pastor Marty

Dear Worshipper:         As you can see, the Lord continues to bless Burke Community Church with spiritual and numerical growth. We are certainly thankful for God’s movement among us, but it also stretches and challenges us. One area we need to re-think in order to accommodate our numbers of worshippers on a given Sunday concerns parking.

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Do you suffer from Illness Anxiety Disorder?

If you think you may suffer from Illness Anxiety disorder, consider the following scenario. You are at the gym, getting a good sweat session in. As you run at a faster pace on the treadmill, you begin to feel a minor tenderness in your lower abdomen. The spiraling of thoughts flood your conscious mind: “Was it that

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Having the Courage to be Humble

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in

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