The Dark Night of the Soul

A Broadcast with Derek Thomas

Some chapters of the Bible are so bleak that they are almost exhausting to read. Yet, the Holy Spirit gave us these verses for a reason. Today, Derek Thomas comes to Job 3 to express what we can learn from this dark chapter.

Anxiety and Depression

by raymcdonald

I know a number of people that battle anxiety and depression. I was reading this passage the other day – and even talked recently to some folks about their anxiety and depression. What are we anxious or depressed about in life? What is it that causes us to have trouble sleeping at night? What do we think about and can’t seem to stop thinking about – moment by moment? What decisions in our lives have caused us the most anxiety or depression?

As I reflect back on my life – I can think of numerous things that caused me anxious or depression moments. I can remember being anxious when I went out for the High School football team and cuts were being posted (I made the team each year by the way)! I can remember being anxious when I asked my future bride to marry me and wondering if she would say yes or no (she said yes – and we will celebrate 40 years of marriage this summer if we hang in there). I remember being anxious when my children were being born – the first because she was the first (she is 37 now) – the twins because they were twins (they are soon to be 32). I can remember times when I was anxious about my job – about my health – about many things. And on this side of those anxious moments – I can testify that being anxious didn’t help the situations one little bit. As a matter of fact – being anxious made some of them more difficult and didn’t help my health any at all.

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of numerous things that caused me anxious or depression moments. I can remember being anxious when I went out for the High School football team and cuts were being posted (I made the team each year by the way)! I can remember being anxious when I asked my future bride to marry me and wondering if she would say yes or no (she said yes – and we will celebrate 40 years of marriage this summer if we hang in there). I remember being anxious when my children were being born – the first because she was the first (she is 37 now) – the twins because they were twins (they are soon to be 32). I can remember times when I was anxious about my job – about my health – about many things. And on this side of those anxious moments – I can testify that being anxious didn’t help the situations one little bit. As a matter of fact – being anxious made some of them more difficult and didn’t help my health any at all.

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Those Who Are Crushed In Spirit

He begins with praise—“I will always give thanks unto the Lord; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.” Which just shows you how different David was from, say, me, who does not ever begin with praise, nor end with it either. Giving thanks is hard, when you are hard-pressed, as David was. He was really in danger from Saul. Not the sort of pseudo danger of calculating the odds before you get in a car and drive down the highway, or spend an extra 15 minutes breathing in other people’s covid-air. Could be dangerous, could be fine, not really sure. No, running from Saul and his organized army was perilous, though not as risky as hanging around and being pinned to the wall with a spear.

Continue at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/preventingrace/2020/05/17/those-who-are-crushed-in-spirit/

Disciplines of discipleship

by Keith Haney

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Whenever we talk about discipleship, it is helpful to start with defining what we are talking about.

Ann Swindoll defines it this way: “What is discipleship? Put simply, discipleship means intentionally partnering with another Christian in order to help that person obey Jesus and grow in relationship with Him—so that he or she can then help others do the same. Jesus taught His disciples to follow Him and obey His commands so that they could lead others to do the same after His death, resurrection, and ascension.

The Apostle Paul continues the pattern with Timothy and encourages him to keep the cycle going: “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).”

I love the reminder that one of my primary duties as a pastor is to equip the saints for service to God and his kingdom.  But this service, to be precise, is not some new way for us to earn favor with God because good deeds do not save us.

Discipleship is not some new code word or term for Salvation through adding new requirements on the backs of believers.  Discipleship is a response to God’s love shown to us through the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Foundational facts about discipleship

  • Christian discipleship addresses every dimension of life. It is concerned not only with doing the right thing in every circumstance but also doing the right thing for the right reason.

“Most important, live together in a manner worthy of Christ’s gospel. Do this, whether I come and see you or I’m absent and hear about you. Do this so that you stand firm, united in one spirit and mind as you struggle together, to remain faithful to the gospel.” Phil. 1:27

Continue: Five Foundations of Discipleship

Lie #31: Being Filled With The Spirit is For Signs and Wonders

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/andrewfarley/2020/05/lie-31-being-filled-with-the-spirit-is-for-signs-and-wonders/

Walking as a Christian Witness

A Broadcast with Sinclair Ferguson

Our testimony to Jesus Christ must be expressed in words, but it is also expressed in our manner of life. Today, Sinclair Ferguson challenges us to live the Christian life in a way that compels nonbelievers to ask questions.

What Difference Is Your Faith in Christ Making in Your Life?

https://frankking.net/2020/05/what-difference-is-your-faith-in-christ-making-in-your-life/