Lunch and Learn October 7, 2015

Life Connections hosted a Lunch & Learn, Oct. 7, 2015, at Van Dyke Church (www.vandyke.org). Dr. Rebecca Hamblin from Rogers Behavioral Health (www.rogershospital.org/TampaBay) presented on Anxiety in Children & Adolescents. Attendees received a  complimentary lunch, and a free 1 hour CE for licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, and Psychologists. Our next Lunch and Learn …

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A verbal YouTube video

I was daydreaming, although I prefer to call it imaginative problem solving. I have found that just letting my mind wander often takes it to places that are unforeseen and brings insights, understandings, and even questions that I had not thought of before. As a result, I end up with a new perspective that solves a problem I had ignored. …

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What I learned about myself when my friend drove me to Ocala

I needed a ride to Ocala, FL, just over an hour away from home. My wife was not available, so I asked my friend to drive me. I will call him Carl. He picked me up and drove me up I-75. If you know me, you will likely see me as a gentle, thoughtful, and playful guy. However, you will …

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Fully Functonal

Martin Luther was ambivalent about the book of James. He called it the “Gospel of straw” because it did not mention Jesus Christ or salvation by grace. However, the early church valued it enough to add it to the cannon, the list of books considered to be inspired, written by humans and God in a mysterious literary cooperation that revealed …

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The Ten Plagues of Marriages #8: Drifting Apart, Part II

HOW GOD LONGS FOR INTIMACY: A PICTURE FOR MARRIAGE In this last part of plague eight, drifting apart, let us take a look at how God made us for connection. From Genesis to Revelation we hear God’s passionate longing for intimacy with us, beings created in His image. We see a God of intimacy: “Then the man and his wife …

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January 24, 2015 Marriage Seminar

Unfortunately, this seminar has been postponed until May 16. We will publicize it again nearer that time. Spend time evaluating your roles and defining expectations for your marriage! The Care Ministries of Van Dyke Church, with the help of Katherine McKinney, Ph.D. and  Judy Weyand, MA, from Life Connections Counseling Center, will present a marriage seminar. The cost is $20 per …

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Abuse and Domestic Violence: The Silent Epidemic

by Virginia Pignato, MA, LMHC It was all over the evening news…again. A man walked into the sanctuary of the church with a loaded gun and shot two pastors in the head, before he was tackled by two parishioners. It was later discovered that before he arrived at the church he had shot and killed his wife at their home …

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Me and Mona Lisa

I had the fun privilege of being in the Louvre recently, where the Mona Lisa lives. We found her easily by following the signs and the people. She has a wall to herself, and lives beneath a Plexiglas shield to protect her from art terrorists. And in person she is much smaller than you might think. Most people, I noticed, …

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Preventing Suicides

by Virginia Pignato, MA, LMHC The news came as a shock: someone I have known for quite some time had taken her own life. This was incomprehensible. This sister in Christ had been a “tower of strength” and a great source of support and encouragement to others, especially to Christian women. She had ministered to dozens of hurting Christian women …

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A Christian Psychologist looks at the Lord’s Prayer

For all of our differences, Christians over the ages and across cultures all share a love for the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer that Jesus Christ taught his disciples when they asked how to pray. We may call it the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, or the Pater Noster, but we say it because we believe that Jesus knew something about …

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