• Discipleship

    Dealing with Guilt

    When we trust Christ as our personal Savior, the guilt of personal sin before God is forever removed! As Paul affirms, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1). The Bible uses images such as “Our sins have been buried in the depths of the sea’ (Micah 7:19), “…remembered no more,” (Jeremiah 31:34), and our transgressions have been removed “…as far as the east is from the west.’ (Psalm 103:12) To gain an understanding of the significance of this phrase, picture a globe of the Earth. From the North Pole to the South Pole is a distance of 12,430 miles. Yet the Psalmist…

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    Helping a Depressed Friend or Family Member

    Depression affects people from all walks of life, all ages, and all ethnic backgrounds. It can be extremely serious, but the good news is depression can be treated.  However, it’s important to recognize that depression causes great emotional pain and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Before we can help someone close to us who may be suffering from depression we must make sure we understand exactly what depression is. Depression exists on a continuum from “the blues” or “the blahs” to significant depression or even suicidal feelings.  While sin can lead to depression, being depressed is not a sin or an indication of being out of fellowship with God. In…

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    Up From Depression

    Depression is one of the most common emotional problems of the twenty-first century.  According to Mentalhealthamerica.net, 6.7% of American adults suffer from major depression each year– more than 16 million individuals!  Depression affects people on a continuum, from intense discouragement or feeling “down in the dumps” to a loss of energy and motivation, or even a serious medical issue involving a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depressed individuals feel tired most of the time, sleep a lot—or fall asleep, then wake up and can’t go back to sleep, lose pleasure from daily life, and experience a lot of negative self-talk. Depression is sometimes described as an emotional shutdown. It causes…