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Grant Mullen: Live a Transformed Life

Please take a few minutes to check out some great information on his website.

I want to clear the confusion and walk with you through the path of transformation that God is calling all of us to. The purpose of this blog is to give you the tools to life a transformed life

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1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family

Important stats here on mental health and the church. Check it out!

“Our research found people who suffer from mental illness often turn to pastors for help,” said Ed Stetzer, LifeWay executive director, in a news release. “But pastors need more guidance and preparation for dealing with mental health crises. They often don’t have a plan to help individuals or families affected by mental illness, and miss opportunities to be the church.”

Other “key disconnects” uncovered by the study:

  • Two-thirds of pastors (68 percent) say their church maintains a list of local mental health resources for church members. But few families (28 percent) are aware those resources exist.
  • Only a quarter of churches (27 percent) have a plan to assist families affected by mental illness, according to pastors. And only 21 percent of family members are aware of a plan in their church.
  • Few churches (14 percent) have a counselor skilled in mental illness on staff, or train leaders how to recognize mental illness (13 percent), according to pastors.

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4 Myths Christians Need to Stop Believing About Depression

Some really simple yet great thoughts on Depression in this article.

  1. Depression is a Faith Issue
  2. Depression Can be Prayer away
  3. Depression isn’t physical
  4. Depression shouldn’t be talked about

“By talking about depression, we slowly begin loosening its grip—allowing us to move in the direction of treatment, support and healing.

My deepest prayer is that as a body of believers, our attitudes would shift and our hearts would change as we work through this important issue. May we create an environment where we embrace those who are struggling and in pain rather than push them away. May we learn to be transparent—but more so, to accept the transparency of those around us.

Because at the end of the day, our weakness will always, always point us to the one who can make us strong. And isn’t that what Christianity is really about?”

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Robin Williams one of many: More middle-aged men dying by suicide, and experts don’t know why

A tough to read but really important article on men and suicide. Please take the time to read. Such important material.

In the past decade, the rate of suicide among North American middle-aged men has far outpaced men of other ages, and women of any age. Men between the ages of 50-54 have the highest rate of suicide among all Canadians

“Society has moved on but middle-aged men are not as equipped as they should be with dealing with changes in their role in society,”

“We’re not doing anywhere near enough” in addressing the issue of suicide amongst middle-aged men, he said. “[We need] appropriate opportunities for males to engage in discussions about how they feel at a stage at which it can happen. But what have we got? We’ve got bars where they can drown their sorrows.”

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