compassion

what jesus wants for christmas

The Forgotten Gift That Jesus Wants for Christmas

By Jonathan Decker, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I’m not sure how I’d feel if for my birthday, my friends gave gifts to everyone but me. Yet that’s exactly what Jesus wants, if the scriptures are to be believed. One of his most familiar teachings gains fresh meaning when applied to the Christmas season: “I was an hungered and ye gave me meat. I was thirsty, and ye gave me to drink. I was ...[Read More]

Peanuts Movie

THE PEANUTS MOVIE Family Movie Review

By Jonathan Decker (Family therapist, film critic) WHAT'S THE PEANUTS MOVIE ABOUT? Charlie Brown deals with feelings of inadequacy while trying to impress the “little red-haired girl” who just moved in across the street. IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: A) I suspect that the late Charles Schulz would be pleased. The Peanuts Movie was written by his son and grandson, and it does justice to the c ...[Read More]

bullies

Are Your Kids Being Bullied? Teach Them This Trick

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT In the 2007 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, our hero finds himself in a confrontation with his parents' murderer, Voldemort, an evil wizard so terrifying that people dare not say his name. Harry has dreaded this moment, which is something his adversary takes full advantage of. Voldemort possesses Harry's body, tormenting his ...[Read More]

Jesus Asked for Help, So Why Don’t We?

Jesus Asked for Help, So Why Don’t We?

By Jonathan Decker, Clinical Director, LMFT Believers and nonbelievers tend to agree that the story of Jesus Christ inspires people to lighten the burdens of others. One of his most influential teachings is that the “greatest among you shall be your servant” (Matthew 23:11). Practicing what he preached, Jesus reached out to the poor, the needy, and the sick. With tenderness and compassion he perfo ...[Read More]