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    Time Slipping Away | Greater Gifts

    We hear reminders virtually every day of just how fast time is passing. Media and internet ads shout, “Only ___ more shopping days until Christmas! Better get all those presents purchased.” Somehow in the days leading up to our celebration of the birth of our Savior and the transition to a new year, the clock seems to shift into overdrive. A couple of popular songs underscore this seasonal reality. The late great balladeer Jim Croche titled one of his songs “Time in a Bottle,” beginning the first stanza with “If I could save time in a bottle….if I could make days last forever….” But he concludes “But there never seems…

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    Christmas Hope 2021

    It’s Christmas, Let’s talk about it… Christmas Hope is America’s only live nationwide Christmas Day talk show. It airs beginning at midnight eastern time on a growing network of stations. As the program enters its second yearco- hosts Don Hawkins and June Hunt will be sharing Christmas traditions and chatting with listeners and special guests throughout the early morning hours of Christmas Day. But what’s unique about Christmas Hope is the talking that happens off air. Christmas Hope offers listeners the opportunity to have confidential conversations with certified master life coaches who are standing by to take their calls and provide a friendly, comforting voice of Hope and encouragement in…

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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…