Tag Archives: Church

Ministry & the Mentally Ill

“Religious people love to hide behind religion. They love the rules of religion more than they love Jesus. With practice, the Condemners let rules become more important than the spiritual life. “ — Michael Yaconelli Mentally ill people are rarely seen in … Continue reading

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The Treasure Hidden Inside the Church

As Christians, often our Church and our theology tell us that mental illness, depression, and bipolar disorder have no place in a believer’s life. As a result, we end up hiding and sneaking  into sessions with our therapists, and direct the conversation … Continue reading

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Sinners Get Priority

17 Jesus heard this and said to them, “It is not the healthy people who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come to invite good people but to invite sinners.” Mark 2:17, NCV “The true Christian’s nostril is … Continue reading

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Yield to God

 I read a story about a radio exchange that took place some time ago between a U.S. Navy ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland. The Canadians warned the Americans and the conversation went something like this: “Please … Continue reading

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Go Lower Yet

“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14 Some Christians reading this part of scripture, have concluded that foot washing should be part of the Churches customary routine.  … Continue reading

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Love Means You’re Really Real

  “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  1 John 3:18  Often people will look at someone, and try to figure them out– they listen to their words or vocabulary.  They … Continue reading

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It is God’s Glory, Not Ours

 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV We are to make distinctions of all that passes by us.  Making the decisions based on value and content … Continue reading

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