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One of the best parts of the story – joy of that night

There was so much turmoil – under Roman rule – miserable
God brought “great joy”

Luke 2:8-10 “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”

I think one of the missing things in Christmas today – joy
For many – Christmas isn’t so holly jolly

Silent night – finding inner peace

Love to laugh? I do – and love to listen to people laugh.

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to laugh.”

It’s one of the healthiest things you can do

Psalm 2:3 “The One enthroned in heaven laughs.”

It’s an important Biblical quality – joy
Here’s why…

Joy can change my approach to life.

Think about all the different aspects of your life
Emotions will affect it more than anything else

Nehemiah 8:10 “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

You are stronger when your attitude is strong – emotions are solid
It will give you an uncommonly positive perspective on life

Joy will turn my problems into blessings.

It has the ability to turn bad things into good things

Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”

Joy will affect those around you.

It’s contagious
Can totally change the dynamic of your Christmas

Don’t take yourself too seriously

Psalm 126:1-2 “When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’”


Matt 1:21-23 – 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

Isaiah 7:14—740 years


Luke 1:28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

  • Alone with you as companion.
  • Sick with you as healing.
  • Lost with you as guide.
  • Hurt with you as hope
  • Weak with you as strength.
  • Sin with you as savior

God of all comfort who comforts us in our troubles!

Parakaleo — to come along side of.


Sometimes it’s easier to see his presence in the past than in the present.
Joseph—beaten in a pit, sold into slavery, false accused.

Gen. 39:21 NKJV – But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.


Look ahead… what could happen?
Cancer? Marriage? Job? College?

Rev 1:8 -“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”


The Role of the Church in Mental Health

Adapted from hope4mentalhealth.com

2 Cor 1:3-4 MSG
3 All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! 4 He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.


• Three Reasons Why:

1. Biblical Reason

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.” –Matthew 9:35

Jesus did preaching, that’s evangelism, He did teaching, that’s education and He did healing.

2. Historical Reason

The church has a 2000 year history of caring for the sick.

3. Practical Reason

When you talk to people who are in pain. People typically contact their church before they go anywhere else
When you talk to people who are in pain. People typically contact their church before they go anywhere else.

• The Church must remove the stigma

“Why do you think that people are hesitant to talk about mental illness?”
Your brain is just another organ. It is not a sin to be sick. It’s just part of your body. How do we remove the stigma? It starts with realizing this: we’re all broken.

Your brain is just another organ. It is not a sin to be sick. It’s just part of your body. How do we remove the stigma? It starts with realizing this: we’re all broken.

• We must be equipped and educated

Studies have shown that many people go to the church before they go anywhere else, so we need to be teaching and equipping the frontline.

That’s at the most basic level and involves brain damage:

it involves brain chemistry,
it involves good overall health,
it involves diet, exercise,
it involves getting enough sleep,
it involves stress management.

All of these things are factors, biological factors of your mental health.

• The Church and Families have a role.

We need to raise the awareness of the power and the potential of churches being the vanguard, being the frontline, being the triage engaging in a faith based model of mental health ministry.

• The Church must support people living with mental illness.

We just want you to know – we care about your pain.

Your illness is not your identity.

Your chemistry is not your character, it does not define you.

Many identify with their hurt, they identify with their pain, they identify with their struggle or their sin or their loss.

At Celebrate Recovery we say, “No, no, no that’s not your identity.”

Your primary identity is not in your illness. Your primary identity is in your Creator and your Savior.

There is no comeback without a setback.

What you’re going through right now is not the end of your life, it is a season of your life.


Change Your Mind, Change Your Life: Set Free From Me




You cannot be happy and feel ashamed at the same time.

Uncontrolled Thoughts

If you don’t learn how to control your thoughts, your thoughts will ruin your life.


Compulsions are those inner drives, inner desires. You can call them lusts, you can call them habits, you can call them impulses.


Fear is an enormous destroyer of happiness, of potential, of God’s purpose for your life. It will limit your life.


Hopelessness is a self-destructive weapon that you use on you.


You never hurt other people with your bitterness like you hurt yourself. You always hurt you the most.


When you’re insecure and you’re trying to show everybody else that you’re very confident, you’ll say stupid things.

Rom 7:24-25 NLT
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.


Mental habit to defeat the weapons of self-destruction

  1. Remind myself daily what Jesus did for me
Rom. 8:1-4 (NLT)
2.  Ask the Holy Spirit to give me better thoughts

Romans 8:5-6 (NIV)

Romans 8:7 NIV “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”

3. Realize I have a new ability to say no

Galatians 5:16 (GNT) “…Let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature.”

“You are now controlled by the Spirit, if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)” Romans 8:9 (NLT)

“So, dear brothers, you have no obligations whatever to your old sinful nature to do what it begs you to do.” Romans 8:12 (LB)

4. Turn my thoughts to God whenever I’m afraid

“Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, ‘Father! My Father!’ God’s Spirit joins himself to our spirits to declare that we are God’s children!” Romans 8:14-16 (GNT)

5. Focus on the long term, not the short term

Romans 8:17-18 (TEV)
“Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and also we will possess with Christ what God has kept for him! For if we share Christ’s suffering, we will also share his glory! I consider that what we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us.”

6. Remind myself that God is good and in control

Romans 8:26-27 (NCV)
“Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, and even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. God can see what is in our hearts… and the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants.”

a. Holy Spirit is praying for me
b. God is using it all for good.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who’ve been called according to His purpose.”

c. God wants me to succeed.

Romans 8:31-32 (NLT) “So what can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? And since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?”

d. God will give what I need

Romans 8:32 (NLT)
“Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else?”

7. Trust that God will never stop loving me

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)
“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


Change your life

Change your life


Suicide is not explained by any single cause, but instead a range of factors – beyond mental health conditions alone – including relationships, substance use, physical health, job, financial, and legal problems. Suicide prevention needs to be addressed though a robust, coordinated, multi-sector approach that combines healthcare system efforts with community efforts.

Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention

Information About Suicide

  • 45,000 people died by suicide in 2016
  • Suicide rates went up more than 30% in half of U.S. states since 1999
  • 9/10 people who attempt suicide survive
  • For every 1 person who dies by suicide, 278 seriously consider suicide and go on to live their lives – for individuals who do struggle with thoughts of suicide, the vast majority find the help they need
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Romans 12:2 (NLT)

“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”



“Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23 (TEV)


“I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me…that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin within me. In my mind I want to be God’s servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.” Romans 7:22-23 (TLB)


“So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NLT)



“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 (NLT)


Are you starting your day with hope or with despair?

“I rise early. . . I cry out for help and put my hope in your Words.” Psalm 119:147 (NLT)

“Lord, how I love your Word. I think about it all day long.” Psalm 119:97

“Even in the darkest of night, your teachings fill my mind.” Psalm 16:7 (CEV)


What are the enemies?

1. The first enemy is my old nature.

Romans 7:23 (ISV). Paul talks about how his old nature keeps him in mental bondage. He says this: “I see in my body a principle at war [there’s that battle for your brain] with the Law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin that exists in my body.” He’s using war language here.

“Those who are dominated by their sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 (NLT)

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV)

2. The second enemy is Satan.

2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NIV) Paul talks about a man in the church who caused a lot of problems. “I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us.”

3. The third enemy is the world’s value system

1 John 2:16 (ESV) says this “All that is in the world, the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life [In other words that’s passion, possession and position; the lust of the flesh, that’s sex; the lust of the eyes, that’s your salary; pride of life, success and status. This is what everybody is going for. Money, sex and power – all these things.] is not from the Father but is from this world.”

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

“We take captive.” –

Greek is akmalo teedzo and it literally means to conquer. It means to bring under control. It means to capture. We take captive. We conquer like a country.

“We make it obedient” –

word hupa koay literally means to bring into submission.


“Temptation is the pull of man’s own evil thoughts and wishes. These evil thoughts lead to evil actions and afterwards to the death penalty from God.” James 1:14-15 (TLB)

Step 1: Desire – Any desire out of control is destructive.

Step 2: Doubt – “Did God really say…?”

Step 3: Deception – Believing a lie of Satan

“Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires.”

Temptation always looks better than it is.

Step 4: Disobedience & Defeat

“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what.”
Psalm 119:112 (CEV)

“What I flirt with I’ll fall for.”

James 1:15 (NIV): “ Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”

“I have made up my mind to obey your laws forever, no matter what.” Psalm 119:112 (CEV)


● Think about Jesus

You’ve heard about the old cliché you become what you think about most.

“Keep your mind on Jesus Christ . . .” 2 Timothy 2:8 (CEV)

“Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying.” Hebrews 12:3 (NCV)

● Think about others

“Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.” Philippians 2:4 (TLB)

“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 (NCV)

● Think about eternity

“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” Colossians 3:2 (NLT)

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NLT)


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Shipwrecked: Rescued By Jesus
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