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Eric Joseph Staples
Works at College of the Ozarks
Attended Baylor University Graduate School
Lives in Branson, MO
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This Old House
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” -Jer. 29:11 Change can be so difficult. When the “old normal” is replaced by the “new normal”, it doesn’t feel normal at...
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” -Jer. 29:11 Change can be so difficult. When the “old normal” is replaced by the “new no...
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Crazy Elections, Part One
“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God” –Romans 13:1 The American political system is crazy! The irony is that craziness is what makes Americ...
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Half Empty or Half Full?
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” -Col. 3:2 The other day, someone accused me of being an optimist. Actually, they were just agitated with me for not jumping on their bandwagon of frustration and anger towards the “sta...
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Commoners
“The Lord said, ‘Whom shall I send?’ I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” -Is. 6:8 Webster defines a “commoner” as “a person who does not have nobility.” In a class society, commoners are not entitled to the same privileges as those of highest status. But in God...
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Holidays With Family: A Beautiful Mess
“Love…does not take into account a wrong suffered” -1 Cor. 13:5 What an odd time of year! Thanksgiving is awesome, Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” and it’s a “jolly” four weeks between the two holidays. Yet, stats expose this month as the...
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The Doors
“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts” -Prov. 8:34 I just returned from a tremendous conference in Nashville. Nearly 8,000 therapists from all over the world gathered for the week, all organized by the A...
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Crazy Elections, Part Two
“Of the sons of Issachar, men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their kinsmen were at their command” 1Chr. 12:32 The verse above, First Chronicles 12:32 reminds us that we need to be in...
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Gigi
“But the greatest among you shall be your servant” Matt. 23:11 Jeanie Beadle Staples is an incredible women. Sure, I know I’m biased she is my wife, after all. But she really is awesome. She is outstanding because she is understanding. She chooses to be a...
“But the greatest among you shall be your servant” -Matt. 23:11 Jeanie Beadle Staples is an incredible women. Sure, I know I’m biased- she is my wife, after all. But she really is awesome. She is outstanding because she is u...
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Course Corrections
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” -Heb. 12:1 Courses come in all shapes and...
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Finishing the Course
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith” - 2 Tim. 4:7 It’s 2016 and we’ve all set our usual New Years goals and objectives. Someone defined a “resolution” as “the goals we try to reach during the first two weeks of J...
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Thankful in Sorrow
“…as sorrowful yet always rejoicing…” -2 Cor. 6:10 Thanksgiving 2015 has arrived! This season stirs emotions of joy and happiness and loss. It brings back memories of the whole family together under the same roof; succulent turkey and buttered rolls; great ...
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The Northwest Passage, Part Two: Old Faithful
“Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” -Matt. 25:21 After a good night’s sleep in our cozy cabin, we headed into Yellowstone. As we drove through...
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I am a Jesus follower, husband, dad, granddad, minister, licensed professional counselor, professor, and someone like you just trying to get it all right...
Introduction
The best part about me is my family. I have been a husband to my beautiful Jeanie for 32 years, have two awesome adult kids, Elizabeth and Eric, a wonderful son-in-law Mark and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Jennifer, and two beautiful granddaughters, Reese and Lucy.
I am an Ordained minister and the Family Life Pastor at First Baptist Church in Branson,  I am an Adjunct professor at College of the Ozarks. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I am a Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a Certified Family Counselor and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor. I have spent 30+ years discipling and helping people walk life's journey. I'm still learning tons about faith in Jesus.
I'm like you, just trying to get it all right on this side of heaven...


Education
  • Baylor University Graduate School
    MS in Counseling Psychology, 1980 - 1983
  • Baylor University
    BA Psychology, 1976 - 1980
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Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Family Life Pastor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Adjunct Professor
Skills
Counseling, teaching
Employment
  • College of the Ozarks
    Adjunct Professor, present
    I teach sociology courses to the wonderful students at CofO.
  • Joseph Staples Counseling
    Licensed Professional Counselor, present
    My goal in counseling is to help you find harmony in your life. I work with adolescents and adults in individual, marriage and family counseling. My approach is both eclectic and holistic. I believe the most effective change occurs when a person is healthy in the physical, mental, relational, emotional, and spiritual areas of life. I assist clients in evaluating and balancing these areas. Though taking the crucial first steps toward growth is scary, I am here to help guide you towards freedom and hope. I especially focus on the spiritual component of life and it's integration to the soul of every person.
  • First Baptist Church- Branson
    Family Life Pastor, present
    As an ordained minister, I am the associate pastor overseeing discipleship, teaching, small groups and family growth at First Baptist church.
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Branson, MO
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