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Depression, Is It Sin?

               Depression, Is It Sin?

Is depression sin? Are there reasons for depression that we aren’t aware of and yet we believe it’s sin? Can we detour the unfortunate situations in our lives that cause depression or are they out of our control? Job suffered circumstances that overwhelmed him and physically impaired him. Was he in sin?  If someone suffers from a health issue that is debilitating and becomes depressed due to medication, are they in sin? Do we try to understand what a person is going through and with love and compassion walk with them in their path of depression and pain?

If a person that is suffering from depression is a Christian, we may find Gal 6:2 an important  Scripture to read and obey. “Bear one another's burdens . . .” The death of a loved one or illnesses that are irreversible can cause depression. Accidents leaving a person disabled can cause a person to become depressed. Some people don’t recognize their depression because they’ve blocked it out of th…

Trusting In The Mighty Hand of God

Trusting In The Mighty Hand Of God

                                      I Peter 5:6,7
     Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God...
         Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

On the night of May 2, 1863, General “Stonewall” Jackson was seriously wounded and his left arm was amputated the following day. Through perilous times, General Jackson, never lost hope in the Lord, the Shepherd and Guardian of his soul (I Peter 1:3-5). What is there to fear when in the mighty hand of God we are comforted, protected and given direction. Jackson was quoted as saying, “My religious belief teaches me that I’m just as safe on the battlefield as I am in my bed. The Lord has already appointed the day of my death so I need not worry about that. I live my life and prepare myself so I will always be ready to meet my Lord, when death does overtake me.”

The Lord encourages us as His children, to cast all our anxieties, fears, and doubts upon Him.  God does not want us t…

What Does Faith Alone Mean?

       What Does Faith Alone Mean?

                                    Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Do you believe that you are saved by grace alone, through faith alone and not by something you have done? Is it through Christ that you have salvation or is it by your works of righteousness  that you possess eternal life? These are questions that should provoke you to search for Truth in the Word of God.

Have you been taught that God has already done His part now the rest is up to you? Is individual salvation or exaltation earned through man’s compliance with the laws of God? Are you convinced that the grace of God coupled with gospel obedience is salvation? My dear friend, no one can keep God’s commands fully or perfectly, no matter how good their intentions are. What a heavy load you must bear in order to appear spiritually well. This is an unreasonable demand put upo…

Are We Loving One Another?

           Are We Loving One Another?
                                       I John 3:23
And this is his commandment, That we believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he gave us commandment.


What do you do when someone comes to you and says, “I’m worried, I’m afraid, I’m hurting or I’m depressed?”  Do you have to personally experience their specific pain or suffering to be able to listen or care for them? Do you think that the only people that can help those in distress are pastors, elders or professional therapists?

The Bible makes our response clear towards a brother or sister in need, “. . . love one another earnestly from a pure heart. . .” (1 Peter 1:22,23). The love indicated here by Peter is the love of choice and to meet the needs of another with a fervent, unfeigned love. The definition of fervent is: having or displaying a passionate intensity and unfeigned means: genuine; sincere. We don’t need to have all the answers to be able to come along…