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Walking through Depression: God Is With You

Walking through Depression / photo credit: koeb via photopin ccI have known depression first-hand at different times in my life. Several years ago, for no apparent reason, a cloud of depression descended on me. In this ten-minute video interview with Desiring God’s David Mathis, I talk about some things I learned while experiencing depression, and share what helped me during that time.

 

The Law of Love

Reaching Hand / Law of LoveWhile Scripture does not address every given situation in any place and time, Jesus does give us a twofold guiding ethical principle that can be applied in every situation. Love God with abandonment, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. That central principle is the very heart and soul of Scripture.

Shaping Our Words after His

Microphone / Shaping Our Words after HisIf we want our words to have lasting value and impact, they need to be touched and shaped by God’s words. 

The Greatest Redemptive Story Ever Told

Stack of books / Redemptive storiesWhy do we love great stories? Because they are pictures of the greatest story. There hasn’t ever been a story yet with people living happily ever after, since people die. But one story will come out that way. It’s a true story, and you and I are part of it.

The Art of Forgiveness

The Art of ForgivenessThere is no sin Christ didn’t die for, no sin He cannot forgive, and therefore no sin that we, in His strength, cannot forgive.

I’ve been struggling with having impure dreams that take me to a very dark place. What should I do?

Question from a reader:

I’ve been struggling with having impure dreams that take me to a very dark place. I think there might be some demonic influence. What should I do?

Some Wise Words about Facebook

Angie and Dan Stump, and Jake and TyLike many readers I spend some time on Facebook—enough to have seen it at its best and worst. It isn’t a big part of my life, but when kept in its place, it can be good and healthy. However, like nearly every good thing, Facebook can become a source of temptation and can both express and feed a critical spirit. Our daughter Angela recently sent this note to the women of her church. It applies as much to men as women. I encourage you to listen to Angela, who is one of the wisest young women I know.

 

What should our perspective be on growing older?

Grandfather and Grandchildren / Perspective on growing olderFirst, realize that fifty isn’t old, neither is sixty. Seventy and eighty don’t have to be old either. Your mindset is much more important than your age. But if God keeps you here long enough to really get old, then be grateful you’ve lived so long! And determine to enjoy every day, month, and year that God gives you. Remember, if He didn’t have a purpose for you here, you wouldn’t be here.

Dialogue with a Reader: Will I go to Hell if I fail at living a good Christian life?

50 Days of HeavenEveryone who tries to live the Christian life fails. I’ve failed. Randy has failed. But God doesn’t reject us when we fail; He helps us grow. You expressed there are many things keeping you from the life God wants for you. God wants your life to be full of hope, love, peace, grace and forgiveness and so much more. 

Never Stop Being A Student

ChalkboardThere was once a time in the early years of our faith when we couldn’t get enough. We had a voracious hunger for truth. We lived with the humbling realization that there was so much we didn’t know. We loved to study the Word of God. We loved listening to peers and mentors who were further along. We were students.

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