Category Archives: depression

Tears with a Purpose

I’ve been thinking a lot about tears lately—in part because Pastor Bryan pointed out to me how many hits my post titled God Keeps Your Tears in a Bottle has had, in part because I’ve cried more than a few tears … Continue reading

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The Blessings of an Illness

The Bible is full of miraculous healings. Jesus Christ performed many of them. He taught His disciples, and those who would follow, to heal the sick and afflicted. I’ve personally seen legs lengthened and fevers ‘broken’ on several occasions. It … 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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Learning to Walk, Again

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4, NLT Life is chock full of mysteries, so much is unknown.  … Continue reading

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Vessel to Vessel: Part One

“Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither has he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is … Continue reading

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English Pigeons

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 In April 2002, I was sitting in this cavernous waiting room at King’s Cross in London, England.  I was … Continue reading

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Book Review: “When the Darkness Will Not Lift”

There are Christians for whom joy seems unattainable. What will we tell them . . . “When the Darkness Will Not Lift?” ………………………………………………………… “It is utterly crucial that in our darkness we affirm the wise, strong hand of God to … Continue reading

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