Category Archives: gifts

Should I Take Medication?

by John Piper What’s Your Take on Christians Using Antidepressants? In the end I’m going to say that there are times when I think it is appropriate, but I want to go there cautiously and slowly, with warnings. Depression is … Continue reading

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Jump Me! The Vital Ministry of an Encourager

We, more than others, should carry jumper and tow cables not only in our cars, but also in our hearts, by which means we can send the needed boost or charge of encouragement or the added momentum to mortal neighbors. … Continue reading

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Listening to the Disturbed

“Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” Proverbs 18:13 There is a tremendous need to listen to those suffering with mental illness. Listening takes patience.  It is a rule written somewhere, that self-centered people are simply not prepared to … Continue reading

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Why the Church?

It is easy to become cynical and hard about the Church. We easily see failure and defeat permeating our local churches. That is a serious problem, if we look too close, or for too long. The sins of the Church … Continue reading

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A “Zucchini-Blasted” Faith

I have been rightly branded as a pessimist.  My struggles are such that I must continue to press into joy, to continue over and over, shaking off the grave clothes, and step into the sunshine.  I need to spontaneously sing … Continue reading

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