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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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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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The Northwest Passage, Part One: The Surprise
“By faith Abraham…went out, not knowing where he was going” -Heb. 11:8 Some of us like surprises and some of us hate them! For those who despise surprises, I don’t think the word “hate” is strong enough! It’s a good thing to research before you organize a s...
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Taking Down the Flags
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor”- Romans 12:1 0

Over the years, I’ve worked with a lot of survivors of horrific tragedies. When something terrible happens, we try to make sense of it all. When a particu...
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Decoration Day
“The memory of the righteous will be a blessing…” –Proverbs 10:7 Memorial Day is a National holiday in the U.S. set aside to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. It is a day to reflect and be thankful for those, in the military, who gave th...
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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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My Big Brother Marcus
"Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being" - Gen. 2:7 As you know, I have three wonderful big brothers, Pelham, Marcus and Bob. They have truly been a blessing in ...
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The Buffalo Canoe Trip
“…the testing of your faith produces…” –James 1:2 When we face difficulty, we’re presented with two options: go around it or learn through it. Years ago, I faced adversity with a group of high school kids. As glad as we were to be finished with the trip and...
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Letting Go, Part Zillion
…it has not yet been revealed what we shall be… —1 John 3:2 People ask me sometimes, “Where do you come up with the topics for these blogs?” I wonder, “Where do I come up with them?” The truth is, they come up with me. Sometimes life comes at me like a game...
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Family Life Pastor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Adjunct Professor
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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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I am a Jesus follower, husband, dad, granddad, minister, licensed professional counselor, professor, and someone like you just trying to get it all right...
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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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