DAILY DEVOTIONS

Read, Think, Pray .. Repeat

We all know that if we want to be fit we need to work out.  Growing your faith muscle works the exact same way.  Reading the Bible is an essential, daily, Spiritual work out that Christians who are seeking growth must do.  So, Pastor Mike has created a daily reading timeline that goes hand-in-hand with the 9AM Facebook Live daily devotion time.

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Small Group Questions

Reality Check, part 1:  Anxiety and Depression

Icebreaker
Did anyone in your family of origin struggle with anxiety or depression?  If so, how did that affect your family, in general, and you, in particular?

  1. Discuss this statement by Charles Spurgeon: “The mind can descend far lower than the body, for in it there are bottomless pits.  The flesh can bear only a certain number of wounds and no more, but the soul can bleed in ten thousand ways, and die over and over again each hour.
  2. Job suffered the loss of his livestock and his children in one day. Then his body became covered with sores.  It’s easy to understand why he was so depressed.  Read Job 3.

If you were Job’s friend, what would you say to him at this point in his life?

  1. Perhaps no prophet suffered as much pain and rejection as Jeremiah, who was known as the Weeping Prophet. Read Jeremiah 20:78-18.  He begins by blaming God for his situation; then he praises God; and then finishes up by cursing the day he was born.  (Talk about manic-depressive!)  What do you think is going on in Jeremiah’s spirit?
  2. Read Matthew 26:36-41. What does it mean to you that even Jesus, the Son of God, suffered a moment of anxiety?
  3. Read Matthew 6:31-34 and 1 Peter 5:7. What is the role of faith in dealing with anxiety and depression?
  4. Some people believe that faith in God is all you need to conquer anxiety or depression. Pastor Mike believes that putting your trust in God is helpful in getting you through the shorter periods of anxiety and depression, but longer, extended bouts require connection to others and possibly even medication.  Have you tended to see the need for help over and beyond yourself and God (i.e. faith) as a sign of strength or weakness?
 
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