OCD and Long-Term Relief (Lakin)

Although I don't suffer from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), I know people who do. It isn't much of a joking matter when someone has a serious case of OCD. I'm certainly no expert on OCD, but I do want to point out a helpful book on OCD that I just finished reading for pastoral reasons. It's… Continue reading OCD and Long-Term Relief (Lakin)

A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

Fear is an emotion that overlaps with worry and anxiety. As humans, we all struggle with these things. None of us have made it this far through life without some worry, fear, or anxiety. But sometimes these things can grow in a person's life and affect him or her every day. Some people are deeply… Continue reading A Culture of Fear and Ill-Founded Fears (Glassner)

Afraid? Worried? Bring it to God (Luther)

 Although I just posted these words of Luther in September 2019, they are applicable today as well.  If you're worried, afraid, or anxious, here's a short devotional for you: Martin Luther's exposition of 1 Peter 5:5-11 is a very helpful commentary on the Apostle's words.  I was especially encouraged by his comments on verse 7:… Continue reading Afraid? Worried? Bring it to God (Luther)

God Is Strong to Carry Your Burden (Luther)

  Martin Luther's exposition of 1 Peter 5:5-11 is a very helpful commentary on the Apostle's words.  I was especially encouraged by his comments on verse 7: all your anxiety place on him because he cares about you (my translation). Here are some of Luther's notes: Let not your burden rest upon yourselves; for ye cannot… Continue reading God Is Strong to Carry Your Burden (Luther)

Panic, Prayers, and Praise (Lloyd-Jones)

 In Philippians 4:6 Paul says "Do not be anxious about anything.  Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God" (NET).  D. M. Lloyd-Jones noted that Paul was being specific with his order of words in this verse: prayer - petition (both with thanksgiving) - give your requests to… Continue reading Panic, Prayers, and Praise (Lloyd-Jones)