Category Archives: Depression

Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Conversation with my medical doctor

How adequately can a diagnosis be made in such a short amount of time? And how often do we misdiagnose normal sadness as disordered sadness?
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The expanded role of medical doctors

Although doctors are primarily charged with caring for physical health, over the last three to four decades, doctors have been called to take the role that was once reserved for a different profession. Continue reading

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My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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The power of giving thanks

Loss of thankfulness is often a gradual thing that takes the joy out of our lives as we slip into mediocrity. But the rhythm of divine renewal beats in the pulse of a purposefully grateful heart. There’s nothing timid or boring about a life of extravagant gratitude! Be brave and embrace the call to be an extravagantly grateful person. Continue reading

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Feeling discouraged?

We all know what it is like to feel discouraged. Take a moment and consider four recommendations for times of discouragement. Continue reading

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Stop fighting a fight that’s already been won

“All my life I have been called unworthy — Named by the voice of my shame and regret.”

If you feel this way, here’s a great song with a great message just for you! Continue reading

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Why does it feel so hard to live for God?

How are you doing? Feeling exhausted and weak? Helpless? Maybe hopeless?
You are in a good place for seeing … Continue reading

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Five life-controlling perspectives

Perspective is a key word when it comes to the quality of life. It’s also something important to God’s will for our lives. One of the primary practical functions of Scripture is the way it shapes our perspective. Continue reading

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Why do I feel so torn?

If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. Continue reading

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