Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 7: Resources to Equip

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 7: Resources to Equip I trust that this study has been from a Biblical perspective. It is certainly a topical study and not expositional. Because of that, there are no explicit verses to point to in order to specifically (in context) address suicide risk in the local church. So, this is an area where we have to use scriptural principles to guide. Several verses come…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 6: Attacking the Problem Individually

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 6: Attacking the Problem Individually When I discussed with Ruth the possibility of writing on such a heavy topic, we quickly realized that many Christians have been touched by this sensitive issue. Perhaps you, the reader, have struggled with the hopeless numbness and depression. Maybe someone you know is in the struggle and you wonder how to help. Consider these words from those who have…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 5: Attacking the Problem Broadly

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 5: Attacking the Problem Broadly “Bear one another's burdens.” Galatians 6:2 It is important to begin by clarifying that the local church is not the primary cause of suicidal ideation. There are some who find the local church an easy place to lay the blame and focus all their hurt and frustration. Please exercise caution with anyone who claims to be victimized and abused even…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 4: People in Scripture Who Overcame

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 4: People in Scripture Who Overcame Let’s look at these three individuals who are quoted in Scripture, emphasizing such a difficult experience that there is record of their wishing their lives would end. That is not significantly different from what you read about in the last post about Christians who have struggled with suicide.   Jonah—was dealing with severe disappointment and expectations that were not met.…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 3: Stories that Shake Us

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 3: Stories that Shake Us Story #1 From a Christian who struggled with suicide  “I was blessed to have been raised in a godly home, where I was made aware of my need for Christ from my earliest recollection—I came to know the Savior at a young age. “I was also raised in a home where church attendance, being smart/educated, having pretty lives on the…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 2: The Stigma of Suicide

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 2: The Stigma of Suicide “It wasn't until my last attempt that I truly saw how sick I was and that I needed help. I think there is still a stigma connected to depression and anxiety. It has taken me a long time to get there but I am finally not (usually) ashamed of my experiences and struggles with depression, anxiety, and suicide. I remember…

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Suicide Risk in the Christian Church 1: Bringing Awareness to the Issue

Suicide Risk in the Christian Church Day 1: Bringing Awareness to the Issue In August 1937, 47-year-old World War I veteran Harold Wobber started down the pedestrian walkway of the 1.6-mile span into the Golden Gate Bridge. On the way, he started talking to a college professor from Connecticut who was on vacation in the San Francisco area. During the stroll, Wobber took off his coat and vest, threw them to the…

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Counseling Through Anxiety 7

Day 7 of 7      Counseling Through Anxiety   (Day 7 of 7)                                     “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, ESV). – Apostle Paul Resources During this final day of this study, I want to fill your toolkit. Before I leave a client in the last session, I want to make sure we go over and reintroduce all…

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Counseling Through Anxiety 6

Day 6 of 7      “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7, ESV). – Apostle Peter Final Thoughts Peter is trying to chip away at the root issue of anxiety in this passage. We are now six days deep into this study, and sometimes we have to clear…

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Counseling Through Anxiety 5

Day 5 of 7      “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6, ESV). – Apostle Paul Step 2C - Replacing anxious thoughts with Scripture and PRAYER Today's study will be the final piece of the second step. Let’s quickly review the process: Step 1) Be aware of the anxious thought Step 2A) Take it captive and…

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