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FENCES

Why Clear and Consistent Boundaries are Good for Children ‘The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:6  A group of landscape architects conducted a study in the early 2000s to determine what impact a fence might have on children’s behavior at a playground. In the

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Whole Life Evangelism Part 3: Our Pathos and Our Evangelism

In this series, we are looking what it means to live a life on mission for God. Or, put another way, to practice what I call whole-life evangelism. In this post, we’ll explore why our love, expressed in action and empathy, is such an important part of our witnessing Christ. Last week, I had the

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The Wild West of Adolescent Parenting

In the wild west of adolescent parenting, many people face this new frontier fraught with fears and anxieties. The parents’ mature brain has a negative bias towards the environment around it. This strategy scans for danger. And whether dangers are real or imagined, we naturally work to preserve ourselves and our young. Experts like Daniel

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10 Takeaways from the 2022 Church Survey

In June and July of 2022, Burke Community Church conducted an extensive church-wide survey. The goal of the survey was to determine who the church naturally attracts, what attracts them to the church, how they connect and grow, and where they are in their journey of faith. The response rate was incredible, with 761 individuals

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The Neurobiology of Trauma

The word “trauma” is often thrown around in the media and has become a common topic of discussion in our society. But what is psychological trauma? The American Psychological Association defines trauma as an emotional response to a distressing event. In the United States, rates of trauma exposure are estimated to be high. Approximately 70% of

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Your Identity in Jesus Christ

“Who am I?” How we answer this question is everything. We’re born into the world with a certain set of gifts, talents, internal thoughts and feelings, circumstances, and temptations. This is what we wear, what we know the world by and know ourselves by as we navigate growing up, relationships, hardships, and more. When we

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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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