Emotional Health

Gideon Meets Jesus

In Judges 6, Jesus Christ appears as “the angel [or messenger] of the Lord” from Heaven. His visit is to one man, Gideon, who is hiding out, threshing wheat in a winepress. This would indicate absolute poverty, because he must have had little wheat to thresh, in a small walled winepress instead of an open … Read more

What is a Burden vs a Load?

Galatians 6:2-5 – Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will … Read more

Do You Fight or Freeze?

1 Timothy 3:4-5 – He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? When there is anxiety in the family, the members commonly respond in one of four ways. In flight, … Read more

How Does Anxiety Affect a Family?

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. Growing up in a family, it is common to pass things like colds and flus around. As soon as one … Read more

What Produces an Immature Person?

Luke 2:40, 50-52 – …the child [Jesus] grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him…And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these … Read more

Have You Ever Been Attacked or Oppressed?

2 Thessalonians 1:5 – This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering… Paul opens his letter by telling the believers that he and his senior leadership team with Silvanus and Timothy are for them and there to … Read more

What is Spiritual Warfare?

2 Thessalonians 1:4 – Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. A friend of mine who was in the military once shared a harrowing war story with me. He and his men were deployed … Read more

How Can You Suffer Well?

2 Corinthians 11:23, 30-31 – Are they servants of Christ? I am better one – I am talking like a madman – with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death…If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. The God and Father of the … Read more

How Can You Have a Healthy Soul?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  As Paul closes the book of 1 Thessalonians, he ends with practical and healthy habits for this godly church to have a strong soul, similar to the prescriptions a … Read more

Do You Have an Unhealthy Soul?

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 – We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. When you go in to visit your doctor, say for your annual checkup, … Read more