Physical Symptoms of Depression

Physical Symptoms of Depression Energy Level: I just don’t feel like doing anything. Lack of energy, excessive fatigue and unrelenting tiredness are the characteristics of the melancholic. Walking, talking, cleaning the house, getting ready for work, or doing a...

Melancholy

Melancholy I get up every morning with no sense of hope, and not enough energy to climb out of bed? Negative thoughts pepper my mind, and I’m emotionally drained all the time. I may have a few good moments, but they never last. I can’t even muster up enough energy to...

Uncompromising Witness

Uncompromising Witness The great challenge in this life is to not lose our composure under fire. Can we maintain our position in Christ without deferring to the flesh? In my early years of ministry I was asked to teach the largest Sunday school class in our church....

Secular Education

Secular Education Question from a Facebook friend: I’m a kindergarten teacher and I recently received Christ. One thing really bothers me. What I don’t understand is how can psychology and theology mix. I want to be an educator, but finances are hard, and there...

In the World But Not of the World

September 10, 2014 -In the World But Not of the World I still haven’t fully addressed the question asked at the beginning of the week. The good man wanted to know if it is okay to find “joy” in sporting events, entertainment venues, and natural conversations about...

Contentment

Contentment Not to the degree that Paul was, but I have been reduced to poverty, and enjoyed modest abundance (read Rough Road to Freedom). I have given up my home three times for the sake of ministry, and God has more than restored what I lost. I have been cursed and...

Enjoyment

Enjoyment Question from an email friend: >As someone who knows the spiritual battle we are in, how do you personally balance ministry, your relationship with God, enjoying life and the things of this world that aren’t “bad.” This question comes from a committed...

Option Overload

Option Overload I finally broke down and bought a “smart phone” two years ago so one of us would be! It was an opportune time, because my grandchildren were getting old enough to teach me how to use it. I grew up in an analog world, and I struggle to keep up with the...

Elementary Principles of the World

Elementary Principles of the World From an email friend: Way back in the early 90’s, you came to Baton Rouge and ministered for a week at Lanier Baptist Church. It completely changed the direction and purpose of my life. I found peace for the first time. We...

Thorn in the Flesh

Thorn in the Flesh A question from a blog reader: I just started reading The Bondage Breaker and I am finding it extremely hopeful! I promise you I will read it from cover to cover, because I need freedom in my life. You tell the story of Dee, the minister’s...