According to many studies by psychologists, religion plays a crucial role in Recovery from mental health. Research shows that besides conventional medication methods, people should include religious factors as well. Solid scientific and psychological evidence shows that people who practice daily spiritual worship services are more likely to live in Recovery.
Sometimes this means doing things that seem counter-intuitive to make sure our kids are actually hearing what we are saying and learning from situations. Sometimes kids say things like a dumb, because they hear it from a parent or peer and repeat thinking that they are that way!
Mental illness is a topic not discussed openly in many social settings. Many people with such issues as mental illness hide their fears and depression for fear of being stigmatized, especially in the workplace and in churches. For me, this has been true until I came to grips with limitations learning to use them to my advantage.
This eye-opening moment happened many years ago. And while God did begin to change me, it didn’t happen in the way I’d anticipated. My honest desire to please God grew, and my actions soon stemmed from that desire—not from a works-based checklist.
To understand my perspective on Father’s Day, you need to know a bit about my relationship with my father. Initially, there was no intention of him becoming my “father.” He was the pastor of the church that sat across the street from our foster home placement in a small community outside of Birmingham.
I’ve come to realize that sometimes pain is a gift, that sadness and even suffering can be a positive if they make us stronger or help us grow. Our awful, sorrowful hurt can also be an instrument of healing.
Churches around the country are wrestling with the issue of how to re-engage regular churchgoers whose attendance has trailed off during the pandemic. In September, LifeWay Research found most pastors said their congregation had less than 70 percent of its pre-COVID crowds.
As Ability Tree works to meet a need in the community, the JBU student body is doing what it can to meet the needs of the organization. Through classroom assignments, volunteer opportunities and outreach ministries, John Brown University is seeking to engage with the community that surrounds it.
My listeners peppered me with questions, and we discussed them one by one. Most often I asked them a question in return, and they found themselves answering their own questions based on what they'd already learned. Sometimes I said, "That will be answered in an upcoming story."
Much of the Bible is straightforward and clear, but when you consider all 66 books, it is a big, challenging library of material. What are some principles that can help us understand and correctly interpret the Bible—the message God has recorded for us?