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Mental Health vs. Physical Health: Is It Really One or the Other?

Mental health vs. physical health: Is it really one or the other?

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Yet in our society, we rarely talk holistically about the mental and physical well-being of an individual. Instead, physical health gets the main stage. Perhaps this is in part…
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How to Live Like Jesus

Once you decide to live like Jesus, this comes next

For those who wonder how to live like Jesus, there is a wealth of information available through local churches, blogs, books, peers and Google. Depending on who you ask, you’ll receive to-do lists, don’t-do lists, a magic prayer and maybe a new schedule of meeting times. If this is you, I want to relieve you…
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Is Mental Illness a Disease?

Is mental illness a disease?

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), “Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking or behavior (or a combination of these).” These health conditions impact one’s day-to-day life in social settings, work environments and/or family activities.  There is some question within the psychiatric field as to whether mental illness is in fact…
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How to Live Like Jesus Every Day

How to live like Jesus every day

Literally living like Jesus every day may not be physically possible in 2019. Just look to the short-lived TV show “Living Biblically” or the drastic measures Rachel Held Evans took to show us how literal interpretations fall flat. But that doesn’t mean taking the lessons He taught us and applying them into our modern-day lives…
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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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