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Where Should You Turn When You Are Struggling With Mental Illness?

Where should you turn when you are struggling with mental illness?

When you are struggling with mental illness, please do not think you can handle it alone. Seek help. Reach out to someone near you whom you trust, a friend, a family member, a peer. Make sure it is a safe person who will help you find the resources you need.  Mental illness requires a holistic…
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What Does It Mean If Your Prayers Aren’t Answered?

What does it mean if your prayers aren’t answered?

Mark 11:24 tells us that whatever we ask in prayer will be ours, so when prayers go unanswered questions start popping up. It can only be one of two answers, right? Either our faith wasn’t big enough or God isn’t listening. Let’s dig deeper. One of the men who was with Jesus when He said…
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What You Need to Know About Dealing With Anxiety as a Christian

What you need to know about dealing with anxiety as a Christian

Church should be the most life-giving place you’ve ever encountered. If you are dealing with anxiety, know that you are loved and accepted by God. Acknowledging your struggle is the first step. We all experience anxiety to a certain degree. It could be situational, centered around a specific difficult season. We often mix up the…
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Have You Ever Felt Like God Has Let You Down?

Have you ever felt like God has let you down?

Life gets messy. If there is one constant in all of our lives, it is that hardship will come, trauma will find us, pain is on its way. Do I sound pessimistic enough for you? The flip side is that life equally hands us the beautiful moments. And yet still I’d much rather avoid the…
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What Is the Church’s Role in Destigmatizing Mental Health?

What is the church’s role in destigmatizing mental health?

The church plays a part in the spiritual and physical life of its members and the community in which it resides. Often you’ll find the church rising to the occasion following a natural disaster, collecting food for the hungry, adopting a stretch of road for cleanup, taking meals to sick members and organizing help for…
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What Does It Mean to Be a Christian in a World With So Many Faiths?

What does it mean to be a Christian in a world with so many faiths?

A quick search online will answer how many belief systems are in place today. The answer? Roughly 4,200. Christianity holds the spot as the world’s largest religion, but within that category there are many different versions of the faith. According to an article in Psychology Today there are 30,000 different flavors of Jesus out in…
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Recovering From Pain and Taking Care of Yourself

Recovering from pain and taking care of yourself

When trauma of any kind occurs, it is imperative that you take care of yourself. Just as your body needs healing from a physical injury, your spirit needs healing following emotional pain. Often stigma, shame and fear overpower the drive to seek help. This isn’t your fault. It’s a problem within our culture, a problem…
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It’s OK to Struggle With Doubts of Your Faith

It’s OK to struggle with doubts of your faith

“Just have faith!” It’s a cliche that gets thrown around at church and in the Christian community. The words are trite and come with an underlying message that your problems stem from a lack of faith, but do they? Is there really anything wrong with struggling through doubt? Or is there a purpose to doubt? …
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Should the Church Take a Position on Gun Violence or Gun Rights?

Should the church take a position on gun violence or gun rights?

Whether the church should take a position on gun violence or gun rights arises following every mass shooting. It is a question worth addressing following the recent tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. For those of us in Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and the Pulse nightclub will always be fresh on…
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How Should Christians Deal With Mental Health Issues?

How should Christians deal with mental health issues?

Christians should deal with mental health issues by creating a culture of transparency, acceptance and education. We need to speak up against false narratives and stigmas that are perpetuated by leaders, media and peers. It is an issue that must be addressed boldly because it is a matter of life and death.  Why mental health…
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