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Is It a Sin for a Christian To Be Depressed?

"Is it a sin for a Christian to be depressed? I am depressed sometimes, and I feel guilty about it. Can you give me any advice?" Could anxiety be sinful? Yes - if we accept the testimony of Jesus, and we respect the apostolic command of Paul. But the Bible certainly acknowledges that life's complications can be depressing (the word ... read more »

The Siege of Jerusalem

The Jews had no intention of submitting to the pagans. In A.D. 66, a false hope that God would help overthrow their oppressors led to some initial military success. But the tide quickly turned against them when Vespasian took command of the "Jewish War." By the spring of A.D. 70, the children of Israel found themselves defying the Roman armies ... read more »

The Abuse of Love

Of all possible emotions, love is the greatest. There is a sense in which love even eclipses both faith and hope (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Faith (trust) and hope are stimulated by love; all three will abide, but love is the greatest because it will empower the saint into greater adventures of trust and the realization of never-ending promises. It ... read more »

Singin’ the Blues

Back in the 1950s Melvin Endsley wrote the song titled, "Singin' the Blues," which was so popular it was recorded by more than one hundred artists. The first line starts: "I never felt more like singin' the blues." That sentiment seems to afflict many these days. It probably has been the case that almost every generation feels negatively about the ... read more »

Lessons Learned Through Illness

Nobody wants cancer. Certainly I did not! Some are so fearful of this disease they will not even say the word; they refer to it as the "C-word." It's one of the most dreaded maladies a human being can contemplate. I frequently have pondered my own four-times cancer. How did I come by it? Was it genetic? My mother did ... read more »

Calvinism and the Great Commission

John Calvin (1509-64) was a religious reformer and theologian. The basic premise of his theology was the absolute sovereignty (right to reign) of God, out of which evolved his misguided theory of "predestination." The Swiss reformer believed that human "free will" was destroyed by man's "original sin"; thus, the innate power to yield to the will of God was lost ... read more »

The Paradox of Anxiety

A paradox is defined as a statement that appears to conflict with common sense or other credible sources of information, when, in fact, it may not conflict at all. For example, after reflecting upon on 1 Peter 5:6-"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time"-one might be inclined to say: "The ... read more »

Spiritual Warfare Is Real, Difficult, and Dangerous

We are in the fight of our lives. But standing at the eighteenth hole on a gorgeous spring morning, one might hardly feel in danger. This conflict, however, is very real. Paul lays emphasis on the reality of this struggle, stressing that it is both difficult and dangerous. Will we never seriously put on the whole armor of God if ... read more »

Developing Christian Confidence

Some people treasure things. Others value ideas or concepts. The former are temporal; the latter are forever. A very precious quality, rarely addressed, is that of confidence. The English word embodies the ideas of reliance on, or trust in, another. A different aspect is that of self-assurance or boldness. In the sacred scriptures several words stand behind the English counterparts. ... read more »

New Video Promotes Homosexual Agenda

With its dying gasps, the current executive administration-perhaps the most degenerate in American history-is accommodating a final assault upon the traditional (biblically-based) family unit in an attempt to facilitate the homosexual agenda. In mid-December, two San Francisco families were invited to the White House to screen a new video titled "That's a Family." The presentation is aimed at softening the ... read more »