Depression: Coping with the Causes

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What causes depression?

Over the past few years I’ve probably read 25 books dealing with depression and emotional issues and have several more that I use for reference.  So, I can tell you the causes for depression are many and varied depending on the person.  While a person may suffer a chemical imbalance or a biological malfunction, conservative authors who write and counsel from a Bible-based value system believe that depression is most often caused by other factors. Continue reading

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Biblical Cases of Depression

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Mental health experts often refer to depression as “the common cold of the mind.”

At some point in life nearly everyone suffers some form of depression–ranging from just “feeling a little blue,” all the way to clinical depression resulting in psychological problems.  Dr. Shelia Roberts, a practicing psychiatrist in Louisville, KY, told me that more than 75% of her patients are dealing with depression.

Since the tragic death of Robin Williams, there has been a greater national awareness and dialog regarding depression.  So, yesterday we began a series on this vital topic. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Depression

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Shocked. Stunned. Saddened.

These emotions, among others, hit me when I first heard the news of Robin Williams’ death last week.  At first, I thought it was an internet hoax.  Quickly, it became apparent that it was not only true, but that he committed suicide.

Like so many others I have been entertained by the comedic genius of Robin Williams.  While I chose to avoid some of his films because of the language or sexual content, my three favorite were: Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Patch Adams.   Continue reading

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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Explosive Decisions

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Max Lucado calls them “dynamite decisions.”

There was an old farmer, Sam, who always took the trophy in the fishing tournament with the biggest catch. While other fishermen caught a few, Sam would come in with a boatload of fish!  Continue reading

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Scams, Schemes and Lies

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I don’t like to brag about my good works, or my unselfish acts of  service to my country.  But I must share this.

Yesterday I received a call from the United States Treasury Department.   The nice man with an Indian accent said I qualified to receive $8400 from the government.  Wow!  My lucky day, I thought.  Continue reading

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GREAT VERSES OF THE BIBLE: Philippians 4:6

Girl With Her Head In Her Hands Sad And Unhappy About SomethingThere’s an old story about a Georgia farmer, ragged and barefooted, standing on the steps of his tumbledown shack, when a stranger stopped to ask directions.  After giving the information, the farmer offered the fellow a cold drink, so he decide to pass the time for a few minutes and ask about his crops

“How is your cotton coming along?” he asked.

Ain’t got none,” replied the farmer. Continue reading

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Is America The World’s Best Hope?

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“America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment. If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet.”

Conservative political pundit Ann Coulter wrote the above words in a recent column entitled “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic.’” It was in response to Dr. Kent Brantly, the medical missionary, who contracted the deadly disease while serving in Liberia.  He, along with co-worker, Nancy Writebol, have been transported to Emory Medical Center in Atlanta where they are receiving treatment for the virus that has a 90% mortality rate.  Continue reading

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