The Furnace of Affliction

“The furnace of affliction is a good place for you, Christian; it benefits you; it helps you to become more like Christ, and it is fitting you for heaven.” –Charles Spurgeon “You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials 7 so that the proven character of your […]

Learning to Lean [Intimacy]

  “One of His disciples, whom Jesus loved [whom He esteemed and delighted in], was reclining [next to Him] on Jesus’ bosom.”   John 13:23, Amplified  “One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder.”   John 13:23, The Message The apostle, traditionally John, is found […]

What’s the Role of God’s Word in the Fight Against Depression?

SPIRITUAL BROMIDE OR FUEL FOR THE SOUL? Years ago, in a public venue, I extolled the value of wielding God’s Word as a weapon against depression. Before I finished my comments, a listener blurted out, “That’s oversimplification of a complex condition! You think you can cure depression by flinging a Bible verse at it? That’s […]

Pure Depression [Diagnosis]

I am not a psychiatrist or a licensed therapist. I am just a ordinary pastor serving God’s flock. Yet if I were to speak I would speak on the subject of clinical depression. The stats are pretty grim. Depression affects 16.1 million people, or 6.7% of the population every year, age 18 or older. The median […]