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Just Five Minutes

A few years ago my Dad was a passenger on a small commuter plane to visit us here in Alaska. Flying over the Kenai Peninsula he was looking at the beautiful mountains. when he noticed the wing flap violently shaking … Continue reading

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Straining at Your Oars

“He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them.” Mark 6:48 It is good for us to know that Jesus sees our labor and effort.  He perceives all that concerns us, and he knows the … Continue reading

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Should I Take Medication? by John Piper

What’s Your Take on Christians Using Antidepressants? by John Piper 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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The Inertia, [Apathy]

“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.” Helen Keller —————————————- As I suffer with manic depression I have come to … Continue reading

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A Towel, Not a Title

“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his … Continue reading

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Simple Discipleship, [Understanding]

Each of us who are broken believers will take the following steps. This is simple discipleship. These four will be at the root of everything we do. Our mental illness may influence this walk, but it can’t derail the process. … Continue reading

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The Sheer Hopelessness of Mental Illness

This was written in March of 2012. Right or wrong, it was where I was at with my illness. I hope it will bless, and bring hope into that situation that seems very hopeless: “The Lord is near to the … Continue reading

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