Battle Scars

It is a bad habit to try to teach without personal knowledge. We can preach, and yet we do not possess. This is one of the occupational hazards of those of us in our profession. It also seems to carry a horrible curse of spiritual sterility, that the wise believer can discern. It’s been 13 yearsContinue reading “Battle Scars”

When Despair Empties You

“It is through much tribulation that we enter the kingdom of Heaven.”   Acts 14:22 As a broken believer this might happen– #1, I breakdown, and begin to fray. I begin to despair. #2, my own ‘faith’ is questioned, I become unsure of my salvation. #3, I feel like I’m all alone. No one canContinue reading “When Despair Empties You”

Antidepressants for Believers?

What do you think of Christians taking antidepressants? By Pastor John Piper, given on March 30, 2010 The following is an edited transcript of the audio. What do you think of Christians taking antidepressants? I have been on them and have been accused of not relying on God. That relates to an earlier question about howContinue reading “Antidepressants for Believers?”

Hope for the Hopeless [Joy]

12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 Three things are critical for the New Testament believer: To rejoice out of a real hope, a deliberate endurance, and a prayer life that is unceasing. These three are vital for us if we want to be authentic saints. These threeContinue reading “Hope for the Hopeless [Joy]”