Dealing with Depression at Christmas

Many of us deal with discouragement and depression during this season of the year. Some of us deal with deeply flawed marriages, unbelieving children, less than fulfilling careers, singleness, childlessness, broken dreams/relationships, and/or being falsely accused of something we didn’t say or do. One key attribute of God that helps us face these dark days is God’s providence. … Continue reading Dealing with Depression at Christmas

When Discouragement and Despair Knock at Your Door

“All progress in the Christian life depends upon a recapitulation (an act or instance of summarizing and restating the main points of something)  of the original terms of one’s acceptance with God” (John Stott, The Cross of Christ, p. 27). This delightful quote points us to an enduring remedy for all our ills, even that … Continue reading When Discouragement and Despair Knock at Your Door

When the Darkness Will Not Lift – The Cures for Spiritual Depression

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a doctor turned preacher in the earlier part of the 20th century, wrote: Most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself. Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have … Continue reading When the Darkness Will Not Lift – The Cures for Spiritual Depression

When the Darkness Will Not Lift – The Causes of Spiritual Depression

This morning at Panera Bread restaurant, I begin a men's group focused on the Psalms of Ascent with additional insights gleaned from Euguene Peterson's book A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society.If you're not in a men's group at Trinity, let me encourage to come be a part of ours. … Continue reading When the Darkness Will Not Lift – The Causes of Spiritual Depression

Lifelines for Spiritual Depression

Lifelines for those journeying through spiritual depression from Psalm 120: Martin Lloyd Jones in his book entitled Spiritual Depression sets forth a radical notion that has proven most helpful to me personally. He writes that "most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking … Continue reading Lifelines for Spiritual Depression