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Mental Health for Christians: Biblical Terms for Healing Include the Term for “Therapy”

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Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 2 Mental illness brings many challenges, but perhaps the biggest challenge can be coping with the false beliefs of other Christians. Well-meaning Christians lay additional burdens on people with mental illness by telling them things like: “You just need to pray more (or have more faith for healing).” “It’s a sin to get psychiatric treatment or take psychiatric drugs.” “A mental illness is a sin (or God’s punishment for sin) and you need to repent to get well.” Let’s think about this a moment. Is psychiatric treatment any more wrong that other medical treatment? Why should we expect only miraculous healing? Doesn’t God use the medical community, too? Can’t God use modern medicine to achieve His results? Yes, we are spiritual beings, but we are also a body and mind. When it...

Miracle Testimony: God Healed My Skin Problem (Possible Cancer) in an Instant

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If you know me very well, you know I have some seemingly insurmountable health challenges. I’ve been praying for healing for some of my health problems for more than two decades. I’ve even had doctors tell me, “Don’t come back to me for this condition. I don’t know what else to do for you.” So, yeah, it’s been a discouraging situation with my health as one thing after another piles on. And they’re not normal things. I have had a chronic (daily) cough for twenty-five years and doctors don’t know what to do. I have two permanently dilated eyes from a rare neurological disease. I have bipolar disorder. That’s just to name a few. And then . . . About a year ago, a crusty raised bump appeared on the back of my shoulder. I didn’t think too much of it but it didn’t go away. Then a second one appeared a few inches away. Could it be skin cancer from the severe sunburns I had when I was young?...

Breakthrough Healing by Larry Sparks

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It seems like everyone needs to be healed of something. Wouldn’t it be neat if we could pray for other people and they would be healed like in the Bible? According to Larry Sparks, we can. We just need to correct our thinking about supernatural events. I’ve needed healing for multiple things, some for as long as 25 years. Doctors can’t help me. So I’m interested in healing, but I have been confused about differing theologies about healing. This topic is outside my comfort zone so I approached the book with caution. The author made clear distinctions, though, between radical “faith healers” and biblical healing. “Signs and wonders are completely God-focused, while health and wealth is human-focused.” – Larry Sparks, Breakthrough Healing The main point of distinction is that biblical healing is always focused on God. Rather than coming to God for healing, come to God for a deeper...

Breakthrough Faith: Living a Life Where Anything is Possible

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I’ve always coped with difficult life circumstances by saying, “Well, God either caused it or allowed it so either way that settles it.” Yet, I’ve always been uncomfortable with knowing when to accept something and when to press in through prayer to seek healing. I’ve had trouble reconciling the role of prayer in my life, knowing that God’s going to do whatever He wants. “Lazy theology looks at what’s in front of us and assumes that some boundary or some obstacle is God’s will by default.” – Larry Sparks, Breakthrough Faith So when I began reading Breakthrough Faith, I was in for a bit of a jolt. It rocked my boat and made me reconsider faith, prayer, and life circumstances. Author Larry Sparks weaves through the book the biblical example of the paralytic whose four friends lowered him through the roof (Mark 2). They brought their paralyzed friend to Jesus but couldn’t get to him...

When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood (@edunderwood)

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When God Breaks Your Heart Choosing Hope in the Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances Ed Underwood (@edunderwood) 2008 224 pages Available from Amazon in paperback, Kindle, Audiobook CD, and Audible audio download. Available from Christianbook.com in paperback, ePub, and audiobook download. I read the Kindle edition.       But your need for safety and your fear of surprises will rob your life of the astonishing interventions with which He wants to fill your days. –Ed Underwood, When God Breaks Your Heart, quote from Part II, “The Misery.”   Ed Underwood is a remarkable man, dealing with severe lymphoma causing his skin to fall off, leaving raw, oozing sores reminiscent of the trials of Job. Those of us who have experienced faith-shattering trials know the depth of spiritual trauma ongoing crisis can cause. In his book, When God Breaks Your Heart: Choosing Hope in the Midst of...