Category Archives: Bryan's editorial

Intensely Loved, but Definitely Broken, [Reality]

For everyone who loves Jesus, but yet has had an experience of terrible loss, sickness or the death of a loved one…this post is meant for you. I am evangelical, a former pastor, and a Bible college instructor. I also have bipolar depression, and a … Continue reading

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Speaking Out of Our Pain, [True Authority]

In “Letters to a Young Poet“, the author deals with the subject of weakness, difficulty and trouble.  As a person who struggles with depression on a substantial scale and yet can try to speak the Word of God to his brothers … Continue reading

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Instability and the Believer

I feel good, too good— and it concerns me. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, I’ve been down this road before.  I guess this is my big issue with Bipolar Disorder (BP);  its unpredictability, the way you  fluctuate.  You get up … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Scared: Psalm 143

Psalm 143: A Prayer Not to Be Killed, or Something Worse  A psalm of David.  1 Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for mercy. Answer me because you are loyal and good.  The writer stressing the truth that God … Continue reading

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In Love with a Lion

  “I will not leave you alone. You are mine.  I know each of my sheep by name.  You belong to Me.  If you think I am finished with you, if you think I am a small god, that you … Continue reading

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Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, but we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It seems to carry a horrible curse … Continue reading

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Sorting Out What is Real

It’s a windy cold, gray day here in Alaska.  Very typical for November up here in “the Last Frontier.” Just as typical  is that I have had a heaviness descend on me, (just like when the fat kid sits on the little … Continue reading

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