Posts Tagged With: depression

If Only It Was That Easy…

Oh, my friends, you are in for an intellectual and spiritual treat, a veritable banquet table of biblical truth.

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, THIS is where I live.

I rather suspect, if I may be so presumptuous, that this is where you live as well.

Get ready for a massive amount of encouragement, courtesy of our old friend, Peter.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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From One Depression Survivor to Another

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, you and I arrest the attention of the entire Trinity when we come to be characterized by THIS.

Want to know what the “this” is in that sentence above? Keep listening.

You are in for a blessing for sure.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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Depressed, But Not Defeated; Downcast, But Not Destroyed

The picture that you are about to hear me paint in this PODCAST is my Single. Favorite. Scriptural. Snapshot of Jesus, second to none.

Courtesy of our old friend, Peter, who was onsite and who witnessed this up close and far too personal in real time as it happened.

I have a hunch that after hearing this, you will never think of Jesus in quite the same way again.

May my stuttering and stammering words be a blessing in your life.

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Is Today the Day?

I mentioned it only briefly, in passing really, last week.

Time to talk about it in earnest this week.

As you will hear in this PODCAST, THIS is our hope.

A bright and beautiful hope indeed!

BTW, the cheering you will hear in the background are the precious high school students whom I met at Hartland Christian Camp in July. A better group of students you will not find. Anywhere.

May it be a blessing, to you as it was to them. Enjoy.

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Weighting on the Lord

I am in Carson City this weekend, honored to perform the wedding of my beloved niece, Amanda. (CONGRATULATIONS Amanda and Andrew!)

But as you will hear in this PODCAST, this encore message is as timely and needed and comforting and encouraging and hope-sustaining today as it was when I first gave it so many months ago.

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Knocked Down, But NEVER Knocked Out

As you will hear in this PODCAST, Peter will write this extraordinary sentence:

“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

Trials, I will remind you, that cost Peter’s readers everything.

How did they do it? How was it possible for them—How is it possible for us?—to rejoice when they/we are experiencing the crushing weight of heavy-hearted emotion?

You are only 45 minutes away from knowing the answer.

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How I Lost My Faith (and Got It Back Again)–My Two-Year Odyssey in a Spiritual Wasteland

I am coming off of an exhilarating week with the BEST high school students you’d ever want to meet.

In this PODCAST, you will hear my opening night message at Hartland Christian Camp. Believing that “openness begets openness,” I get very open, very real, very fast—with them, and now with you.

May my words be a blessing.

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“Weight-ing” on the Lord

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, the time has come for us to have a sensible discussion about an issue that has been grossly misunderstood, and consequently grievously mis-taught, in far too many Christian settings. All of this causing so much harm spiritually, mentally, and emotionally to so many.

Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Oh, my dear friends, get ready to be set free!

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Mending a Mother’s Broken Heart

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, last week as I was rushing at the end to complete on time our discussion of Peter’s release from prison—an effort at which I failed miserably, BTW—we mentioned-in-passing two noteworthy individuals, each of whom deserve far more than passing-mention.

Mary, a generous homeowner and gracious hostess who opened her home for going on-fourteen years by the time of this story to the earliest, first generation followers of Jesus, our ancestors in the faith.

Mary also happened to be the aunt to our old friend Barnabas, and a very close and personal friend of our even older friend, Peter.

And then there is Mary’s son and Barnabas’ cousin (Colossians 4:10)—as well as Peter’s protege—John Mark.

With glistening credentials such as these, they both do indeed deserve our special attention. Especially given the fact that immediately upon his miraculous release from prison, instinctively Peter made his very first stop to announce his release at Mary’s home.

Even more especially given that this is Mother’s Day weekend.

For this is in every sense of the word this is a Mother’s tale.

Specifically, how God in His matchless, infinite, and eternal grace melted and mended a mother’s broken heart.

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A Dramatic Detour in Jesus’ Road to Destiny

Welcome to one of the strangest stories — many would call this a troubling tale — in Jesus’ entire life and ministry.

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, what happens here in Mark 7, and its parallel passage in Matthew 15, seems highly uncharacteristic of Jesus; uncharitable to a tragically needy-yet-remarkable mommy; and unnecessarily cold and calloused as far as a Jesus is concerned.

A Jesus, I will humbly remind you, who defined Himself as “gentle” in Matthew 11, and who described His mission as one “to seek and to save the lost in Luke 19.

As you read this story, at first blush anyway, Jesus was Anything.But.Gentle in the way He spoke to this panic-stricken mother who was understandably distraught over the condition of her daughter.

Tell you what: If His mission was to seek and to save the lost, you couldn’t find anyone more lost than this woman.

As we read this story together (it’s only 8 verses in Matthew’s account), you tell me if you find this encounter between Jesus and this mom at all unsettling or unnerving. Put yourself in the mom’s sandals for a second and imagine that Jesus is talking to you about your little girl.

Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.” He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said. He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

A happy ending to be sure.

But what an insensitive, ungracious, uncaring way to get to that happy ending..

You talk about showing a little kindness (as we did last week), there was no kindness shown to this woman; no kindness of any kind was shown to her at all. Until the very end.

Jesus (apparently) ignored her (“Jesus did not answer a word.”), then (apparently) refused and rebuffed her (“I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”), then (apparently) belittled her (“It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”).

Curiously enough, that’s it as far as Jesus’ road trip up North into what is today Lebanon, what was then Phoenicia, was concerned.

This one strange story.

And as always, my friend, we have much to talk about.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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