A Constructive Observation

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ThePreachersWord recently received an email from a regular reader, a friend and Christian sister.

We always enjoy getting responses from our readers. And it’s a special pleasure to hear from old friends. With a friendly greeting, “Hello Brother” her first line began, “I want to tell you how much I enjoy your thoughts and words of encouragement posted on your blog…”

But I knew there was more. This was going to be a special message. A personal message. Something with substance.

I knew it because of the subject line on the email. Two words: Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Rest

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Norma Jean and I just returned from a week’s vacation in the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City.

While not as high, compared to the Rockies, it was a breath-taking drive up the steep grade to Snowbird.  The beautiful views of the sculpted glaciers and the rugged granite cliffs provided a great place for some peaceful R & R for the week.   And the cooler temperatures in the 60’s provided a nice break from the summer heat in the 90’s!   We even saw some snow one morning a mile up the mountain at Alta!  Continue reading

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The PreachersWord Unpluged!

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Two or three times a year we take a break from blogging!

This next week is one of those times.  Norma Jean and I will be celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary.  So it is a good time to enjoy a little R & R.

Last year when we took our anniversary trip, she asked, “You’re not going to do your blog on this trip are you?” Continue reading

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Victory Over Depression

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Many years ago I received a call from a sister where I preached who wanted to talk to me about a problem she was experiencing.

She was an attractive lady in her 30’s.  Her husband owned a successful business. They had two lovely teenage daughters.  They lived in a fashionable part of town in a beautiful home.  They wore stylist clothes.  Drove luxury cars.

As I drove to her home, I wondered what could possibly be her problem?  Continue reading

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Three Major Causes of Depression

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“How could Robin Williams be depressed?” We wonder.

How could anyone with that much money, fame, and success become so despondent that they would fall into the despair of suicide?

The answer is simple.  Regardless of wealth, status, or position, all people are susceptible to the discouragements of life.  The causes of depression are not “a respecter of persons.”  Continue reading

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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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