Loneliness / depression 2 Corinthians 4:8 (KJV) 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but for some, loneliness comes far too often. Feeling lonely can plague many people — including the elderly, people who are isolated, and those that suffer from depression — with symptoms such as sadness, isolation, and withdrawal. Loneliness can strike a person who lives alone or someone who lives in a house filled with people. Have you ever heard the statement” life stinks” life is what we make of it. Have your ever played the game Monopoly? Everybody starts the same. Each is given the same money and everybody takes a turn with the dice. You make the choice whether or not to buy the property where you land and if you don’t your opponent will. You have to be able to make the right choices. So it is in life. We get one chance to go around theContinue reading »

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV) Why do we, as Christians, at times dwell on what we don’t have? I am guilty of thinking if I just had this, or if only things were different, life would be so much better. Just now as I sat down to write God spoke to me. Lynn, you have so much to be thankful for. Look at your life now, and consider what it was before I took you out of the darkness! Consider the problems of the homeless, the hungry children, and you will realize you have life, and you have it abundantly. I do have an abundant life. I have everything I need and more. I have a nice home, people who love me, and I really should want for nothing. God saved my life and he savedContinue reading »

Ever since mom passed away a couple of years ago, I’ve had these nagging feelings of guilt. Wishing I had been a better daughter haunts me. As you may know, guilt is an emotional experience that a person realizes or believes (accurately or not) that he or she has compromised his or her own standards of conduct. Also, guilt is closely related to remorse. Fortunately, psychology doesn’t have an answer or cure for guilty feelings. Even Sigmund Freud, father of psychology, stated: “guilt is the most powerful of all obstacles to one’s recovery”. And, yes I said ‘fortunately’ psychiatry isn’t the cure because there’s a better way. Let’s take a peak at the best solution for guilt by looking into the life of Israel’s most famous King. We read in the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel about the exposure of David’s adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. For sure, this was a dismal period in the life of King David. By divine commission, the prophetContinue reading »

Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord – 2 Kings 19:14 Here is one of the best pictures of prayer in the Bible. Hezekiah is king over Israel when the cruel and powerful Assyrian army marches against them. Rabshakeh, the army’s spokesman, sends a threatening letter and tells Hezekiah not to trust in his God for deliverance. Here was an enormous temptation and a trial, all wrapped into one little scroll. There is the imminent danger of being razed to the ground by the Assyrian empire; then there is the verbal prompting not to trust in God for a rescue. But how does Hezekiah deal with this letter? He receives it, he reads it…and then he takes it straight to the Lord and spreads it before him. What a wonderful picture of prayer! It is the spreading of our problems, our temptations, our struggles before the Lord inContinue reading »