Thoughts from One Depressed Pastor to Many, Many Others

Thoughts from One Depressed Pastor to Many, Many Others

It’s just hard! Those are three of the nicest words I’ve ever heard. When you’re hurting and sad and you don’t even know exactly why you’re so sad, but someone, instead of offering solutions or guilt trips or “snap out of it” advice just comes along and validates what...
A Psalm for the Dark Days of Depression

A Psalm for the Dark Days of Depression

Sometimes, choosing to live and take on another day is the hardest thing you can do, and you CAN do it! And when those mornings come along in which you can barely put one foot in front of the other, remember the words of King David, penned no doubt in a season of...
You Have to Have Hope to Cope

You Have to Have Hope to Cope

Pastor Rick Warren often says in his sermons, “You’ve gotta have hope to cope!” He said it so often that it’s stuck in my head, and in my low moments, it pops back up to the surface. He’s absolutely right. When I’ve been at my worst...
Sometimes You Need Wise Counsel

Sometimes You Need Wise Counsel

If you follow Jesus, you have are spiritually gifted. You have abilities that aren’t natural. They’re supernatural. Some gifts are given to you to enhance your worship, while others are given to enable you to show love to others in the body of Christ by...
How to Fight Depression with Faith

How to Fight Depression with Faith

Let me be clear about one thing. Faith is not a quick fix for depression. It’s never a matter of “just have more faith and you’ll feel better.” And here’s why… Faith is not a feeling. In fact, faith and feelings can often be in...
When the Godly Get Depressed

When the Godly Get Depressed

A couple of days ago, I shared this tweet: Good people get depressed. Godly people get depressed. Depression isn’t sin. It’s a state. Sometimes it’s circumstantial. Sometimes it’s spiritual. Sometimes it’s chemical. Treat it holistically. Pray. Get counseling. Talk to...
The Best Leaders Are Broken Leaders

The Best Leaders Are Broken Leaders

I am broken. I lead a community of broken people called a church. And we often say, unapologetically, that we are a community of the broken who have good news for the broken. Don’t misunderstand. I don’t mean that we’re “broken” in the...
Remember This Christmas Season, There Is Always, Always Hope!

Remember This Christmas Season, There Is Always, Always Hope!

Always. ‘Tis the season of Advent – the celebration of the coming, the appearing of Jesus Christ. Advent consists of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, and Christmas Day. Traditionally, the Christian church has used the first two Sundays of Advent...
Sermon Video: Dealing with Depression

Sermon Video: Dealing with Depression

This past Sunday, I preached the second part of a series called Overwhelmed, and I dove into the subject of defeating depression based on the story of Elijah. It was, perhaps, the most personal message I’ve ever preached in terms of sharing my own struggle. The...

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