Do not fear, only believe!

“But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” Mark‬ ‭5:36‬ Even the most outwardly confident of us sometimes need to hear this command of Jesus. He tells us the same as he told the ruler of the synagogue: do not to be anxious, but instead trust him. Trust is a choice which can dispel fear.This is not an instruction for us to simply by human effort force ourselves not to fear, or to deny the reality and cover up our anxiety. Like … [Read more...]

How to calm your mind with God’s word

These verses are perhaps especially relevant for thos with Bipolar Disorder and other illnesses, but they are surely relevant for all of us.. God intends us to have a controlled mind.  He wants us to be disciplined in our thinking, not allowing fleeting thoughts to capture us and lead us astray. “ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV)  How do we do this? We have to be active in our thought lives in renewing our m … [Read more...]

Should a Christian go to counseling with a secular therapist?

This is a question that I know troubles many Christians.  Some believe that secular counseling has no place, and that Bible-based pastoral care is all that is needed to bring about change in people, whatever their problems.  Others believe that a Christian counsellor should be used, and that such a counselor should integrate both Biblical concerpts and theories from their secular training. Still others feel that if a person is seeing a therapist or counsellor, the pastoral team can wash their h … [Read more...]

The four pillars of mental health and wellbeing

The following are steps that we can all take to promote our mental wellbeing. It is not just those that have a recognised mental illness that should practice steps to protect and improve our well-being. Many today complain of non-descript "stress" and "overwork" that can be early warning signs of future problems. These steps will help many with a mental illness, but should not be seen as replacements for going to see a health professional. The strength of evidence lying behind each of these … [Read more...]

What are anxiety disorders and how are they treated?

Anxiety is something that everyone experiences from time to time in their lives. It is also something that many people can fight off by various psychological strategies for e.g. telling ourselves that our fears are irrational, by prayer i.e. by "casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7), or simply by forcing ourselves to face our fears and push through them.As a result of the universality of fear, I think many Christians struggle with accepting the idea of … [Read more...]

What is Schizophrenia and how is it treated?

Schizophrenia is a serious, often highly disabling mental illness. Many get confused and think schizophrenia is a split personality disorder. This is not the case at all. Instead it is characterized by the presence of psychotic symptoms, and the absence of significant mood symptoms.People can get some psychotic symptoms with the Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar Disorder). These should only be present during the mood episodes, and are supposed to be consistent with the mood state rather … [Read more...]

More On Wisdom

I continue today sharing some notes on wisdom. 7. God's Word Imparts WisdomPrayer for wisdom and the anointing some have does not remove the need for us to seek God's wisdom in the Bible:Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;2 Tim 3:15 “…the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”8. Wisdom DOES consist of pithy sound-bitesProverbs HAS to become one of your favor … [Read more...]

A Christian worldview – more from Nancy Pearcey

The book Total Truth is proving very interesting indeed. Her central thesis is quite clearly described and is very well explained. If only the neo-liberals were as good at explaining themselves it would make our task of critquing and responding so much easier.Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural but rather truth spelled with a capital "T" Truth about total reality not just about religious things....Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just … [Read more...]

Holistic counselling and pastoring (Biblical counselling #3)

Once again Jollyblogger and I are playing 'tag' with a subject- others are welcome to jump in. I am a great fan of the 'nouthetic' teaching that Jollyblogger explains so well.I think that when people argue as to what degree should we integrate with psychological theories they perhaps sometimes miss an important aspect of people and their problems.In my view most peoples problems are actually rather complex and have different aspects to them. I have seen Christians lurch from one model to … [Read more...]