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Depression & Anxiety

How to switch from reacting to preventing suicide

I met her at the airport. Within a few minutes, the woman told me, “I’ve been at two funerals in the past two months—and…

Depression & Anxiety

It’s a scam

This summer, a Wisconsin woman answered her phone. A scammer claimed to be from the Social Security Administration and told the woman she would…

Depression & Anxiety

When suffering is unbearable

On June 2, 2019, Noa Pothoven died. Her death made the news around the world, all because of the circumstances surrounding it. Noa was…

Depression & Anxiety

The most important truth about your anxiety (Part 3)

Over the course of 12 years in ministry, I’ve delivered hundreds of messages, but few stick out like the one on depression. It was one…

Depression & Anxiety

One big answer for anxiety (Part 2)

A number of recent studies suggest that Americans are more anxious than ever. Worst-case scenarios churn relentlessly in our thoughts: “There’s going to be…

Depression & Anxiety

Answers for anxiety (Part 1)

Do you often feel anxious? Overwhelmed by worst-case scenarios, no matter how unlikely they might be? Physically sick because you are emotionally stuck on…

Bible 101

When church hurts

Church at its best is magnificent: the Word is taught in its truth and purity, ideas about worship and ministry are freely exchanged, leaders…

Depression & Anxiety

When you’re hanging by a thread, remember who holds the spool

Dr. James Dobson is known for saying, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are suffering and those who will…

Depression & Anxiety

My heart is heavy

On January 23, the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, more abortion-related laws were passed. In New York, the law allows for…

Depression & Anxiety

12 ways to help when a child dies

In the United States, we’re not used to children dying—and that’s a good thing. From 1980 to 2016, the death rate in the United…

Depression & Anxiety

Do what you can

Oprah. Michael Phelps. Harrison Ford. Lady Gaga. Jim Carrey. Terry Bradshaw. Ellen DeGeneres. Serena Williams. Robin Williams. Each of these celebrities (and more!) has…

Depression & Anxiety

Let God carry you through what you dread

I have a number of friends who love fall. They love sweaters and bonfires and pumpkins. I struggle with dread this time of year,…