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Rev. Susan Beth Hans
  Rev. Susan Beth Hans

 

 Rev. Susan Beth Hans is a Certified Pastoral Member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative.  She has been involved with the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling since March 25, 2014.

The Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling has proved to be a tremendous source, and resource, for the Temperament Counseling ministry at Ezra Ministries in Delmont, PA.   One year ago I became an International Representative.  I have been with the N.C.C.A. as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor in the temperaments since 1995 and a Sr. Pastor of two church ministries.  In May of 2012 Ezra Ministries became a Christian Temperament Counseling, Christian Education and Worship Center.  Our focus is to raise up a generation that is strong (in the Lord) and does great exploits for the Kingdom of God and then instructs others (Daniel 11:32b-33a).

When I became an IR, my purpose at the time was to offer the course; “Created in God’s Image” A Course In Human Behavior: A Christian Perspective”, by the Arno’s.  Several of my clients expressed interest in understanding temperaments other than their own.  Members of our fellowship and those who became familiar with temperament through our outreach ministries also expressed interest in discovering their God created temperament as well as understanding  temperament. The Created in God’s Image course was the ideal response for both groups!

On Saturday, January 31, Ezra Ministries Christian Temperament Counseling and Worship Center held our first one day seminar; Created in God’s Image.   Ten very excited people were in attendance. Some already had their temperament profiles but for the others it was their first experience with the APS.  The possibility of doing in seven hours what you would do in six weeks teaching this course was understandably limited, so I decided my approach would be an overview.   I would concentrate on the areas that I felt would give the greatest understanding and still do the course justice.  At the same time, I wanted to whet their appetites for more!  We began by exploring what temperament is with the first few chapters.  This included;  building blocks of the inner man, the theory of temperament and introducing the three areas of Inclusion-Control-Affection, why Temperament is important, and the interpersonal situations and then the five basic temperaments.   We did a brief overview of the historical and scientific background for temperament.   The afternoon was then spent viewing the individual temperaments touching on the blends in the I-C-A which led to much discussion and was very productive.

I’ll share with you a few comments from the feedback surveys each were asked to fill out about how this seminar affected them; “From the facts presented, I can truly see myself the way God sees me and wants me to be…The presentation was awesome and easy to understand.” M.B. “Liked the opportunity to hear from others and participate” C.J. “What I learned today explains a lot in my life!  Very blessed today!” J.L. “I feel this will help me in working with others to have more understanding of other’s temperaments. I would like to pursue further education in the temperament counseling.” L.Y. “Given an overview of the temperaments, I am better able to understand myself, others and interpersonal dynamics.” H.C. “ I have had previous training in the Arno’s “Creation Therapy” study, however, this seminar really clarified the terms and temperaments and gave me clearer understanding….this day was productive, fun and a real blessing!” R.W.    Each attendee gave excellent ratings and said they would definitely recommend this seminar to others.  Four of the attendees came to the ministry center two weeks later and took the exam.  Three are moving on to Creation Therapy, this is thrilling!  Others are making appointments to gain further understanding of their God given temperament.   A date in May has been set for a second Created in God’s Image Seminar.  Moving with the flow of the Spirit!

I am thrilled to be an IR with the SACC!  Discovery of our God created temperament, as you know, is liberating, healing, and connects us so beautifully to our Creator and each other.  We have been afforded such an exciting as well as exceptional tool to aid our brothers and sisters in the discovery of their personal temperament.  This tool also encourages discovery of their own personal ministry to others.  Using the gifts and graces given by the Lord through each temperament, every member of the Body has the opportunity to become their unique part.  In this hour it is ALL HANDS ON DECK.   Now, more than ever, it is time to raise up a generation that knows their God and knows who they are created uniquely to be in His Image.  The need to recognize others and our unique gifting (temperament) and to love one another is a requirement from the Lord (II Cor. 5:16; John 13:34-45).   Remember the time when Paul rejected John Mark at the beginning of their relationship because he didn’t recognize his temperament?  Paul in his quick tempered demanding Choleric temperament, focused on John Mark’s weakness and failure.  What a mess that was for Paul and Barnabas!   But the Lord, knowing John Mark, purposed him to become a great aid and confidant to Paul….beloved, faithful to the Lord, a true gift and fellow workman in the Kingdom.  How remarkable we truly are, created in God’s Image!

God bless you all so good!

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THE POWER OF WORDS

A careless word may kindle strife;Temperament Corner by Phyllis Arno
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill;
A brutal word may smite and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way;
A joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress;
A loving word may heal and bless.
Author Unknown

A word fitly spoken is like Apples of gold
 in pictures of silver. Proverb 25:11

But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37

COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY WITH THE PHLEGMATIC IN INCLUSION

Communication is the key to all relationships. When we do not communicate properly, the results can be devastating. Miscommunicating can cause anger, wars, murders, family splits, divorces, etc.

The Free Dictionary on the Internet describes the word communication to mean: “a. the art and technology of using words effectively to impact information or ideas. This would be verbal communication.”

Archie Bunker, the rather blunt father in the old TV series, “All in the Family,” made this statement:

THE REASON YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ME, EDITH, IS BECAUSE I AM TALKIN’ TO YOU IN ENGLISH AND YOU’RE LISTENIN’ TO ME IN “DINGBAT!”

I am sure that at one time or another, we have probably all felt like saying that to someone who does not understand what we are trying to communicate to them.

However, when counseling, you cannot say what Archie Bunker said, but what you can do is learn to understand your counselee’s God-given temperament. As a temperament counselor, you know that we are not all “wired” the same. Each temperament acts, responds, and perceives things differently.

When you are counseling a temperament different than yours, you need to learn to set your temperament tendencies aside and counsel this person according to their temperament.

In this issue we are going to look at the PHLEGMATIC in Inclusion to see how to communicate with them according to their temperament.

When you communicate with them:

  1. You should not say:

You are a spectator or observer in life and refuse to get involved.

You should probably say:

You tend to enjoy life from the sidelines because you do not want to get too involved and use up your energy.

  1. You should not say:

You are a “couch potato”; you want to sit around and do nothing rather than go out and socialize with family and friends—unless you just can’t get out of going.

 You should probably say:

You tend to have low energy and do not like to get too involved socially because you do not want to drain your energy.

  1. You should not say:

You have a cruel sense of humor that irritates everyone because it is hurtful.

You should probably say:

You tend to make humorous remarks that can be witty, charming, humorous, dry and sometimes offensive to those around you.

  1. You should not say:

You will use your humor in a cruel way to keep people from pushing or forcing you to socialize.

You should probably say:

You tend to use your humor as a way of keeping people from pushing you into socializing.

  1. You should not say:

You are extremely stubborn, tough-minded and selfish, and you won’t budge when someone wants you to change your plans.

You should probably say:

You tend to be stubborn and once you make up your mind, you usually won’t change it. This is because you have a good mind for envisioning a project, and you have done your best and do not have the energy to change perfectly good plans.

  1. You should not say:

You tend to want peace at all costs, so you will take the path of least resistance and negotiate peace at the expense of others.

You should probably say:

You tend to be a good peacemaker and negotiator, and others will come to you for your input. You must remember to negotiate peace for all concerned.

  1. You should not say:

You are a perfectionist and expect people to “carry their end of the log,” so you tend to get angry and upset when they do not and you have to do their work.

You should probably say:

You sometimes tend to expect more of people than what they can do, and you tend to become upset with them. You need to remember that only Jesus is perfect—the rest of us are works in progress.

When counseling the Phlegmatic in Inclusion, you need to be aware of the following regarding this temperament:

Your approach to the Phlegmatic in Inclusion can be moderately friendly and professional. They tend to respond to the intellect.

When counseling the Phlegmatic in Inclusion, you need to remember that they do not express what they are thinking. You may even wonder at times if they are listening to you; however, they are usually taking in everything you are saying.

Family and friends may try to push the Phlegmatic in Inclusion to socialize, and this will cause them stress. They are task-oriented, and when they have to spend time with people after they have tasked (worked) all day, it is too much for them. This is because they have low energy and have already used up their energy at work or school, etc.

When the Phlegmatic in Inclusion comes home from work or school, they will collapse and want to do nothing. This is because they need this time to triage. Triaging for the Phlegmatic in Inclusion is a must; otherwise, they will not have the energy to accomplish what they need to do.

When the Phlegmatic in Inclusion cannot get their needed down time to rest and relax, they tend to become irritable and angry.

When counseling the Phlegmatic in Inclusion, you need to relate to them that you are working toward helping them have a more peaceful, balanced environment. You can do this by teaching them to learn to maintain balance in their life. They need to learn to work, rest, exercise, and eat properly.

If the Phlegmatic in Inclusion does not learn to maintain balance, they can tend to be overprotective of their energy and become non-involved in life. This will affect the whole family.

The Phlegmatic in Inclusion tends to be perfectionistic and will tend to criticize those who do not measure up to their expectations. They will do this by using humorous remarks, which can be cutting to the person toward whom the humor is directed.

 Please remember, God created the Phlegmatic in Inclusion with the capacity for work that requires precision and accuracy; they can do tedious tasks that no other temperament can accomplish. They also have the capability to be peacemakers and negotiators, all of which are needed for the Kingdom of God. We need to encourage the Phlegmatic to stay involved and use these gifts for the Kingdom.

PLEASE NOTE: These are temperament tendencies, and, as always, while you are counseling the Phlegmatic in Inclusion you must take into consideration their walk with the Lord, learned behavior, personality and birth order.

In the next issue we will look at ways to communicate with a Sanguine in Inclusion counselee.

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THE POWER OF WORDS

  • A careless word may kindle strife;
  • A cruel word may wreck a life.
  • A bitter word may hate instill;
  • A brutal word may smite and kill.
  • A gracious word may smooth the way;
  • A joyous word may light the day.
  • A timely word may lessen stress;
  • A loving word may heal and bless.
  • Author Unknown
A word fitly spoken is like Apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverb 25:11
But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37

COMMUNICATING  EFFECTIVELY WITH THE MELANCHOLY IN INCLUSION

Temperament Corner by, Dr. Phyllis J. ArnoCommunication is the key to all relationships. When we do not communicate properly, the results can be devastating. Miscommunicating can cause anger, wars, murders, family splits, divorces, etc.

The Free Dictionary on the Internet describes the word communication to mean: “a. the art and technology of using words effectively to impact information or ideas. This would be verbal communication.”

Archie Bunker, the rather blunt father in the old TV series, “All in the Family,” made this statement:

THE REASON YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ME, EDITH, IS BECAUSE I AM TALKIN’ TO YOU IN ENGLISH AND YOU’RE LISTENIN’ TO ME IN “DINGBAT!”

I am sure that at one time or another, we have probably all felt like saying that to someone who does not understand what we are trying to communicate to them.

However, when counseling, you cannot say what Archie Bunker said, but what you can do is learn to understand your counselee’s God-given temperament.

As a temperament counselor you know that we are not all “wired” the same. Each temperament acts, responds and perceives things differently.

When you are counseling a temperament different than yours, you need to learn to set your temperament tendencies aside and counsel this person according to their temperament.

As a counselor, you generate a Clinical APS Report. When you are disseminating the information to the counselee, you need to present it in a manner that will not offend or upset them. You need to present them with their Strengths and Weaknesses in a manner that will not make them feel hopeless.

In this issue we are going to look at the MELANCHOLY in Inclusion to see how to communicate with them according to their temperament.

When you communicate with them:

  1. You should not say:
    You don’t like to be around people and you hate going out to social events, meetings,etc. You would rather be at home.
    You should probably say:
    You tend not to relate well to people, so you prefer small group functions rather than large ones.
  2. You should not say:
    You tend to be very moody and negative.
    You should probably say:
    You tend to sometimes have negative thoughts which can make you feel down and sad.
  3. You should not say:
    You have a fear of economic failure.
    You should probably say:
    You tend to fear that you will not have enough money to live on and to pay your bills.
  4. You should not say:
    You have a fear of rejection because you have a low self-esteem and think that others do not feel you have any value.
    You should probably say:
    You tend to fear that others will reject you because you do not feel that you measure up to them.
  5. You should not say:
    You are easily offended or insulted by what other people say.
    You should probably say:
    You tend to sometimes misunderstand what other people are saying because you may perceive or think that they do not like or accept you.
  6. You should not say:
    You tend to be a perfectionist, and you set too high standards for yourself and others. You tend to become angry if they do not live up to your expectations.
    You should probably say:
    You tend to sometimes expect more of people than what they can do, and you tend to become upset with them. You need to remember that only Jesus is perfect—the rest of us are works in progress.

When counseling a Melancholy in Inclusion, you need to be aware of the following regarding this temperament:

You do not want to approach the Melancholy in Inclusion by being overly friendly. You need to welcome them and be professional.

Love is patient, Love is kind... Love never fails.
Love is patient, Love is kind… Love never fails.

You need to be willing to answer the many questions they may have about your qualifications. Your qualifications are very important to them as they need to know that they can trust you with the information they will share with you.

When counseling a Melancholy in Inclusion you need to, at the end of the session, recap what was discussed. This is because Melancholies in Inclusion tend to think a great deal and you may have said something that triggered a memory, so they did not hear everything you said. When this happens, they can leave your office misunderstanding what you had told them.

Family and friends may try to push the Melancholy in Inclusion to socialize, and this may cause them stress since their temperament cannot handle being with people all the time. This is because they are task-oriented, not relationship-oriented. They can usually do tasks all day long without becoming stressed.

If the Melancholy in Inclusion must be with people and/or work with people all day long, they need to learn to take some short breaks and go out for a walk or sit and read alone. This will lessen their stress. Also, when they come home from work or school, they need some quiet, down time before they interact with the family.

At times Melancholies in Inclusion can have negative thoughts and become moody and depressed. They need to learn to think positive thoughts. Teach them a Scripture that they can pull strength from when they start to think downward thoughts, such as:

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8

Melancholies in Inclusion tend to have a fear of economic failure, and they may deny it if you word it this way; however, when you give them the following examples, they will understand what it means to have a fear of economic failure:

  • Need to clip coupons
  • Need to purchase items on sale
  • Need to pay cash for something rather than take out a loan
  • Need a certain amount of money in their checking account
  • Need to carry a certain amount of money in their pocket

Melancholies in Inclusion tend to perceive rejection and will search for messages that they are not liked or accepted. The Melancholy in Inclusion will then tend to avoid this person so they will not be rejected.

Also, because of this perceived fear, Melancholies in Inclusion are, at times, easily offended or insulted. They need to learn to search the Scriptures for messages that they are loved and accepted. They need to learn that God loves them, and He will never forsake them. John 3:16 tells us:

Abstract red shapes of hearts“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Melancholies in Inclusion tend to be perfectionistic and set standards that are too high for anyone to attain, including themselves. If people do not meet these standards, Melancholies tend to become very critical. They need to remember that God only requires reasonable service and so should they.

Please remember, God created Melancholies in Inclusion with artistic, creative capabilities which are needed for the Kingdom of God. We need to encourage the Melancholy not only to use his gifts but also to share them with others.

PLEASE NOTE: These are temperament tendencies, and, as always, while you are counseling the Melancholy in Inclusion you must take into consideration their walk with the Lord, learned behavior, personality and birth order.

In the next issue we will look at ways to communicate with a Phlegmatic in Inclusion counselee.

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Falling in Love With God

By: Bob Hostetler

Falling In Love With God  -     By: Bob Hostetler

 

Drawing from the ancient love story of Hosea, a prophet whose life and prophecy map how to fall in love with God, Falling in Love with God will fulfill the desires of all who long for a different–or deeper–relationship with God. This thoroughly Biblical book will help and bless all who long to love God with all their hearts…but just aren’t sure why they don’t, if they could, or how it happens.

 

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Rev. Janice Strawn

Rev. Janice Strawn is a Certified Pastoral Member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative. She has been involved with the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling since 1997.

On March 7, 2013 I renewed my International Rep status at the request of Dr. David Migliore who is the founder and Dean of Students for Global Entrepreneur Institute. Dr. David and I had spent many hours dealing with his temperament needs and how to meet them to bring him through, what he has discovered through God’s revelation, the “Transformation Gap.” Through his own personal quest for victory in his own life, through his desire to learn how to walk in the Spirit, and in his quest to help the many godly men and women who were in leadership positions, be that as fathers, mothers, dentists, teachers, business men or women, community leaders, or ministers, yet who were ‘stuck’ in their own personal lives, put within him an unquenchable desire to be trained in Creation Therapy. That is the prompting that God used to get me to renew my IR status.

At this time I had no idea the doors God was waiting to open up for me to use this amazing tool to touch the world for Jesus. I had no idea that I would be touching lives all over the world, setting captives free as they discover who they are in Christ, how knowing themselves and how God uniquely created them, would help them to know others better, which made them greater communicators, taught them how to handle conflicts, and raised their value in the world by becoming problem solvers,

In 2009 I became a coach in GEI. I was assigned to a student for the institute for one year. We did one principle a week for 40 weeks, they were required to do 4 book reports in that year and one dissertation at the end of the 40 weeks to earn their GEI Personal Mastery Certificate. I have been a coach now for 5 years.

After coaching 23 students, one on one, I have received the Master Coaches Distinction in GEI. The need to train coaches rose up and that is where I am ministering today. God has helped me to develop a Basic Coach Training Manual. In the second lesson within the manual I introduce the coaches in training to the Arno Profile System. Each student takes the APS. Through this introduction the Arno Profile is going viral, so to speak through GEI. I am able to do this all online, and by phone. From my home God is allowing me to be a world changer into various cultures.

Since October of 2013 an interest has broken out with GEI in leaders now enrolling in the course of Creation Therapy. “The Refuge” a ministry in Columbus, Ohio for those fighting addictions, has become ignited with this program to use in their ministry of rehabilitating men from the lifestyle of drug addiction. They have acknowledged that this is what they have been looking for and praying about to close the backdoor for these men which will ultimately increase their success rate in rehabilitating these lives of these precious men. Putting godly men back into their communities and in leadership positions. Five of their leaders are now involved in training and soon will be establishing a class for these men in Created in God’s Image.

In February I will have the honor of taking this material into a local Dentist’s office to train their staff. This will strengthen their team, the homes and personal lives of their staff which will ultimately increase godly productivity, producing fruit, lasting fruit for the Kingdom of God.

Oh, by the way, I am 74 years old. I WAS retired, or so I thought. What was really going on in my short-lived retirement was that I was being re-fired for the best years of my life. What an awesome God we serve.

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Dr. Clarence Joyner

Dr. Clarence W. Joyner, Jr. is a Certified Pastoral member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative.  He has been involved with the SACC and the NCCA since 1988.

Creation Therapy has been an essential part of my life since I took the course in 1988. I could not understand why I was doing some of the things I was doing, why I associated myself with certain people, and why I liked certain colors more than others. I could go on and on about why this and why that, however; I became aware of my answers from taking and teaching Creation Therapy. I finally began to understand why my life as a husband, father, Pastor, and a teacher became more meaningful and spiritually-filled as compared to before I came into the knowledge of Creation Therapy.

On any given Sunday, millions of American individuals become captive audiences in a place of worship, be it large or small, for messages that can change their way of thinking and transform their lives. Since the church is made up of individuals from different households and different parts of the city, the church is considered a community within itself. The church becomes the most recognized, stable institution in the community. The church leaders’ voices are among the most influential voices in the community. It gives one the opportunity to disseminate information of hope and promote wholeness in the mind, body, and spirit for a spiritual perspective. This information is heard by several generations in a family and if applied correctly will make a positive impact on the lives of generations to come.

It appears that the world is hungry for new ways of improving their well-being, how to know God and have a better relationship with Him, and ways to understand themselves. Many individuals don’t understand why they do the things they do, nor understand why they are so quick to be reactive instead of proactive. They don’t know why they want to drive everyone else’s bus and not learn to respect the territories of others.

Creation Therapy is available at Broadway Baptist Church throughout the year in our seminary classes and on Sundays in my sermon deliverance and preparation. I realize that I am preparing and addressing five different types of temperaments every Sunday that God has given us: Melancholy, Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic, and Supine – which God gave as a revelation to the Arnos. Creation Therapy is also available throughout the U.S and some third world countries due to the authors, Dr. Richard and Dr. Phyllis Arno. It gives one an opportunity to learn his or her temperament. This tool will further enable one to learn strengths as well as weaknesses.

Since the church is made up of families from the community, it would be very beneficial for all family members to learn the traits that God gave them from when they were in their mother’s womb. As we come together as one body in Christ, positive changes will take place in the homes, the church, and in the community. Then we will be able to see the crime rate decrease, families talking things out before moving out, and children being more willing to be obedient to whomever is in charge of them instead of trying to take charge themselves.

I have experienced some delightful and inquisitive individuals who wanted to learn more about their temperament. From the pulpit, I talked about Psalm 193: “How wonderful God made us”, and Jeremiah 1:5 “God knew us before He formed us in our mother’s womb.” The members wanted to know more and I encouraged them to take Creation Therapy.  As I began to teach members of my congregation, the word began to spread in the community. I met a lot of people who did not understand why they behaved in the manner in which they did.

The Melancholy, if I could sum them up, would be clever and profound. Matthew 5:48 “Be therefore perfect, even as your Father which therefore is in Heaven is perfect.” I learned that most Melancholies want to be perfect and always right in their dealings in the church, home, and their jobs. They can easily accept and talk about their strength that God gave them but find it very difficult to accept and acknowledge their weaknesses.

When addressing the Cholerics, as there have been several assigned to my classes, which I found to be difficult because I am also a Choleric in Control, I was often challenged regarding my points of view. Even in my decision making concerning the church, I had to deal with Cholerics who were not using good judgment according to the word of God. At times we all want to take control of our homes, church, and those in our social environments. I emphasize to Cholerics in my congregation that making good choices according to the word of God is pleasing in God’s sight. I stress the importance that we must realize that God is the head of the church and not man. I further stress that with the help of the Holy Spirit, those operating with this temperament can accomplish great things.

When a student of mine learned that she was a Choleric in Control, she immediately said to me, “I need to go to the alter right now and repent. I knew I was controlling but not to the point that my controlling actions were having a negative effect on me and the people in my circle.” After hearing similar responses, I reminded students of the following scripture: 1 Corinthians 15: 10, “By the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

In reference to the Sanguine temperaments in the class, their individual motto was “having fun” and they kept the class laughing. Even after working all day, they come to class full of energy and bright as the sunshine. They were the students who always wanted to stay overtime. Those just entering ministry for the first time would stop me after class to share their ideas for learning how to effectively evangelize to others in the community.

Phlegmatics on the other hand were always those in the class waiting and watching what others had to say. It appeared they enjoyed the possibility of others not knowing how to read the expressions on their faces. After understanding how the Phlegmatics functioned, especially in my congregation, I was able to overcome the non-expressions presented on their faces or whether or not they agreed with the message going forth. After experiencing personal time with them, I realized that they were well-rounded people. I would share the following scripture to encourage them: John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” I can truly see that the Phlegmatics are observers and they don’t “sweat it”. They have learned that it is Jesus Christ that provides the peace and security in their lives.

The last temperament that I have observed in my congregation is the Supine temperament. If I had to sum this temperament up, it would be, “A servant of God well done.” As we learned in Matthew 20:28, “Jesus came to serve and not be served.” As I now look over my congregation, I see that God has placed some wonderful Supines in the membership who are truly servants of God and not of man.

In conclusion, as I examined my congregational audience, I had the privilege of witnessing how the majority of the temperaments unite together to glorify God. They deny themselves as I continue to minister to them the word of God. After teaching Creation Therapy to my members and others, I want them to realize that despite what their temperament is, God can use it to strengthen each individual’s walk with the Lord.

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THE POWER OF WORDS

              A careless word may kindle strife;

              A cruel word may wreck a life.

             A bitter word may hate instill;

             A brutal word may smite and kill.

             A gracious word may smooth the way;

             A joyous word may light the day.

             A timely word may lessen stress;

             A loving word may heal and bless.

                                                    Author Unknown

                                   A word fitly spoken is like

                                            Apples of gold

                               in pictures of silver.

                                                       Proverb 25:11

               But I say unto you, that every idle word that

               men shall speak, they shall give account thereof

               in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou 

               shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be 

               condemned.

                                                   Matthew 12:36-37

COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY WITH THE CHOLERIC IN INCLUSION.

Temperament Corner by Phyllis ArnoCommunication is the key to all relationships.  When we do not communicate properly, the results can be devastating.  Miscommunicating can cause anger, wars,  murders, family splits, divorces, etc.

The Free Dictionary on the Internet describes the word communication to mean: “a. the art and technology of using words effectively to impact information or ideas. This would be verbal communication.”

Archie Bunker, the rather blunt father in the old TV series, “All in the Family,” made this statement:

THE REASON YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND ME, EDITH, IS BECAUSE I AM TALKIN’ TO YOU IN ENGLISH AND YOU’RE LISTENIN’ TO ME IN “DINGBAT!”

I am sure that at one time or another, we have probably all felt like saying that to someone who does not understand what we are trying to communicate to them.

However, when counseling, you cannot say what Archie Bunker said, but what you can do is learn to understand your counselee’s God-given temperament.

As a temperament counselor you know that we are not all “wired” the same. Each temperament acts, responds and perceives things differently.

When you are counseling an individual with a temperament different than yours, you need to learn to set your temperament tendencies aside and counsel this person according to their temperament.

In this issue we are going to look at the Choleric in Inclusion to see how to communicate with them according to their temperament.

When you communicate with them:

1. You should not say:

You pretend to like people; however, you are really task-oriented and you are just getting the job done.

You should probably say:

You tend to appear people-oriented so that you can accomplish your leadership abilities because you are task-oriented and need to get the job done by the best possible means.

2. You should not say:

You hate going out to social events, meetings, etc. You would rather be somewhere else, especially if you do not have an agenda.

You should probably say:

You tend to dislike going out to social events, meetings, etc., if you do not have an agenda; however, if you have something to promote or accomplish, you will probably go and have a great time.

3.  You should not say:

You only organize social events so that you can receive recognition and approval. You will become angry if you do not receive recognition and approval.

You should probably say:

You tend to be a great social organizer, and you need to receive recognition for what you do.  If you do not receive this recognition, you may become angry when you know that you have done a good job.

4.  You should not say:

You want to take vengeance on anyone that has wronged you.  You do this by thinking of ways to get back at them.

You should probably say:

You tend to think a great deal and, at times, you may think about getting even if someone has wronged you. However, you usually do not act upon your thoughts.

5.  You should not say:

You have a terrible temper and you can be mean and cruel.  You will tend to use your anger in order to make people do what you want.

You should probably say:

You tend to have a temper.  You should not use this temper to try to motivate people to accomplish your goals.

6.  You should not say: 

You must do this or you must do that.

You should probably say: 

You must decide for yourself what is best for you to do.

When counseling a Choleric in Inclusion, you need to be aware of the following regarding this temperament:

You do not want to approach the Choleric in Inclusion by criticizing them or putting them down because they may tend to become angry and not be open to what you are trying to communicate to them.

For instance, you may be explaining something to them, and they do not hear what you are telling them because they are thinking about what they want to tell you– how you should have said what you are just telling them.

You also need to remember that your tone of voice is important!  A condemning or condescending tone can be offensive to the Choleric counselee. Remember, that it is not only what you say but it is also the tone of voice you say it in!  Tone of voice can indicate more than words.

Because they are leaders in the Inclusion area, they like to control the conversation, especially when it is about them.  Remember, they are the temperament that can walk into a room and totally change the conversation to what they want to talk about.

Sometimes you might even think to yourself:  “Give me a script and I will say it exactly as you wrote it.”

However, since you know that they are a Choleric in Inclusion, you need to suggest to them that you have a few things to cover with them and then you will give them the opportunity to express their thoughts.

As you can see, communicating according to a person’s unique temperament is invaluable.  The Choleric in Inclusion will learn that:

1. You have shown them respect for who God created them to be.

2. You have given them the opportunity to share their thoughts.

3. They need to respect the people around them and appreciate them for who

    God created them to be, just as you have shown them respect for who God 

    created them to be.

When you teach a Choleric in Inclusion to learn to submit to God and His headship, they will be more respectful to others. They cannot be a good leader until they have submitted to those in authority over them; otherwise, how can they expect others to submit to their authority?

Please remember, God created a Choleric in Inclusion with leadership capabilities and they are needed for the Kingdom of God. 

It is important to know that each temperament has strengths and weaknesses, and we need to always remember that God created the Choleric in Inclusion to lead; therefore, we need to encourage them to become good leaders.

PLEASE NOTE:  These are temperament tendencies, and, as always, while you are counseling the Choleric in Inclusion you must take into consideration their walk with the Lord, learned behavior, personality and birth order.

In the next issue we will look at ways to communicate with a Melancholy in Inclusion counselee.

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Dr. Mary J. Huntley
Dr. Mary J. Huntley

Dr. Mary J. Huntley is a Certified Pastoral member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and an International Representative.  She has been involved with the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling since 2006. 

Dr. Huntley has always been a people helper.  She feels honored to help empower others to reach their potential and fulfill their God given purpose.  Though she had many detours along life’s maze, Trinity Global Empowerment Ministries, Inc. was born in her heart on September 28, 2003 at 11:02 AM. God very clearly said to her “I am sending you to identify with my people. Many have been hurt, many have been rejected, but you must show them that I love them with an everlasting love…”   She shared the vision with her husband Dr. Ronald Lee Huntley and they began to pray and seek God. As ordained ministers, they are aware that God released them off His assembly line with a pre-ordained purpose. Therefore, they wanted to fulfill God’s purpose and bring him Glory.

They began preparations for the ministry of hurting people. They received Doctorates of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling in 2008, with the University of Family Bible. As a member of the National Christian Counselors (N.C.C.A.) Advanced Certifications include Integrated Marriage and Family Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Group Therapy, Death & Grief Therapy, Crisis and Abuse Therapy, and Board Certified Temperament Therapy. They are also N.C.C.A. Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselors.

Life had offered its share of hurt, rejection, and pain. Now it was time to share their journey to the Potter’s House.  We know that each day can bring a very unique and challenging set of situations, and circumstances.  Therefore, we purpose to help God’s precious hurting people navigate the maze of life, by coming alongside them, and assuring them that life can be beautiful in Christ.  We work with the tri-part man to ensure that healing is provided in its entirety.  We believe that faith-based counseling is the answer to every problem faced today.

In 2006 Drs. Huntley were introduced to an awesome Christian teaching known as Creation Therapy. Teaching Creation Therapy and utilizing the Arno Profile System (APS) created by Drs. Richard G. and Phyllis J. Arno are very beneficial resources to help our clients navigate life daily.  The information is presented in an encouraging and non-threatening manner. This easy to learn counseling technique has achieved a success rate of over 90%. It is necessary to have an APS temperament score in order to determine which of these reports is relevant. Temperament covers three areas known as Inclusion (covers social interactions, surface relationships & intellectual energies), Control (covers the need to establish and maintain a satisfactory relationship with people in regard to control and power) and Affection (covers the need for love and affection, and the need for deep personal relationships).

It helps each individual understand how God created him/her.  Creation Therapy empowers individuals to understand whether they are Melancholy, Sanguine, Choleric, Phlegmatic, or Supine.  In essence, temperament is the in-born part of man that determines how he reacts to people, places and things. In short, it is how people interact with their environments and the world around them. The theory of temperament is a means for a counselor to understand the inner workings of an individual. In other words it is how our Father, Creator God designed us. As God’s creation, He knew us before we entered our mother’s womb. Therefore, He gave us every necessary ingredient to fulfill our pre-ordained purpose, and bring Him glory! 

Drs. Huntley recently utilized the APS to counsel a couple who has been divorced for ten years.  After much prayer, and several sessions later “God is moving in an awesome manner in this NEW relationship.”  They are now communicating again, and praying together as a family.  To God Be ALL the glory!

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Unshockable Love: How Jesus Changes the World Through Imperfect People

By: John Burke

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Why did folks who seemed far from God become Christ’s devoted followers? Because Jesus saw precious works of art beneath layers of sin, anxiety, and fear! Exploring Jesus’ encounters with “messy” people, Burke shows how to restore others to God through speaking the truth in love, respecting freedom, and more. (Previously titled as Mud and the Masterpiece.)

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