3 Reasons People Commit Suicide

and how to stop them

Suicide is a tragedy that takes place far too often. Don’t let it happen to you or your loved ones.

Every human is created with a desire to live. Self-preservation is the first instinct of mankind. Even satan knows that most people will do anything to save their own skin.

Job 2:4
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”

Why then do some people choose to take their own lives?

Years ago we had a young man start coming to church sporadically. He was in and out of jail and had a daughter that would ride our bus occasionally or come with a family member. He stopped interacting with us, and I lost track of him until the day my phone rang with the news that he hung himself in his parent’s garage. The family was devastated. Everyone that knew him was hurting deeply.  It was a difficult funeral.

Most people give the quick answers of depression, anxiety, and mental illness. Is it really that simple?

Suicide is too complicated to cover thoroughly in one article. Today, let’s look at a few reasons people take their own lives and learn how to help them before it’s too late. (more…)

Psalm 102 – A Prayer of the Afflicted

3 steps to overcoming the worst trials of life

Affliction is defined as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution” in Webster’s 1828 dictionary. There is a big difference between the effects of short-term trials and long-term afflictions. Psalm 102 will help your faith to flourish during the most difficult times of life.

The Cry of the Afflicted

Psalm 102:1–2, 24

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me In the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: In the day when I call answer me speedily. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.”

Affliction causes us to cry out to the Lord. Where else can you go when your heart is breaking? (more…)

3 Ways to Defeat the Devil Today

Helps to Living the Victorious Christian Life

What if there was a guaranteed way to defeat the devil today?  The Bible tells us how!  You can use these methods today to experience victory in your life.

Victorious Life

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”   Revelation 12:11

Every Christian is familiar with the great enemy of God and Good.  He is known by many names is Scripture.  One of his most well known names is “The Devil”.  He is not an idea or an influence.  He is a fallen angel who rebelled against God and is bent on destruction.  Billy Sunday once said that he knew there was a devil for the following reasons: (more…)

God Will Help You Today

an encouragement to trust during trials

Psalms 46:1   To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
This world is full of trials, temptations and trouble. Sometimes these things get the best of us and we find ourselves bruised and broken. There will be times when you feel like your life is over and your world will never be the same. The evil voices of condemnation and doubt can be deafening and destructive.
As a pastor, I have the privilege of helping people through some of the darkest days of their lives. I never take it for granted that people trust me with their heart when they are the most defeated, discouraged and vulnerable. I rejoice that I represent Almighty God Who can conquer any foe and bring good out of terrible situations. I love pointing people to Jesus on their darkest days! God is so big that there is no unsolvable problem or unpassable chasm. God is powerful enough to give you victory in any condition or circumstance! Don’t lose heart child of God! Your gracious Heavenly Father cares for you more than you can understand. He will uphold you with His everlasting arms. Choose to believe Him by faith. God will be pleased, you will be strengthened and the world will marvel.

Trust in the LORD

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
(Proverbs 3:5)

This familiar Scripture has been convicting the hearts of God’s people for 3,000 years. The simplicity of it’s wording belies the power of it’s message. TRUST IN THE LORD. Four simple words that cut to the heart of the great human problem. We just don’t trust the LORD. (more…)