Thursday, May 31, 2018

Are you a born again Christian who is contemplating suicide?.

Many things have happened ,since my wife Robyn and, I wrote the book, Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You're Losing It. The year  it was published by Kregel Publications, 2005,   Our largest chapter was the fourth one, which, covered the subject of suicide.  We have had some success in stopping suicide, but the numbers are telling, it is a big problem.
My sister Cyndi, who loved Broken Minds, and gave copies to many people, committed suicide in the year 2006. This blog is dedicated to her and to all the loved ones, who have had to suffer the horror of losing a precious one in this way.

What are some of the reason's why I would not commit suicide?

      It is a sin and would bring shame to Christ and His church.
      It would please the Devil and would weaken greatly those who are trying to fight him.
      It would devastate family members and friends, and you may be responsible for them following your example if they come up against intense suffering.
      It may not work, and you could end up severely disabled but still trying to fight depression.
      It is true—our God is a refuge, “and those who know Your name will put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You” (Ps. 9:10). God, your Father, will deliver you through what you are facing. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:10 that God “delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us.”
      Help is available. If you push hard enough, someone can assist you to find the help you need.
      If you are unsaved, you will go to hell. This is not because of the act of suicide but because all who die apart from knowing Christ personally will face an eternity in a far worse situation than depression.
      If you are a Christian, then Jesus Christ is interceding for you before the Father, that your faith will not fail. He shares your afflictions. Psalm 56:8 says, “Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?”
      God will keep you until you reach a day when your pain will truly be over. Wait for God’s time for that, not your own. According to Revelation7:17, “God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” After going through some awful things, Paul was still able to say, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom. 8:18). 

You can order Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You're Losing It  from the authors, Robyn and Steve Bloem. Our sale of brand new, copies from the publisher, beats anyone when it comes to buying, Broken Minds Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You're Losing It,

Steve Bloem's new book will be able to be purchased on June 26,2018
Here is  a Kregel Publications synopsis of Bloem's new book.

Christians dealing with mental illness often first look to their pastors for help. Few pastors, however, are trained to recognize and deal with mental illness, and they can unintentionally give advice that is ineffective or even dangerous.

Counselor Steve Bloem fills this void by equipping pastors and other church leaders to identify the symptoms of common mental disorders, to offer biblical encouragement and comfort to those suffering from them, and to decide when to refer them to mental-health professionals.

Bloem makes a foundational biblical case for the reality and treatment of mental illnesses, and he dispels a number of myths about those who suffer from them. Drawing on extensive counseling and pastoral experience, he provides essential tools and advice for those in ministry to help people battling depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia, and other mental illnesses. Pastors, counselors, and seminary students will find this handbook to be an indispensable guide for these important issues. 

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Pastoral Handbook of Mental Illness, A Guide for Training and Review. please go to our website and use the email, to say you want to be alerted of what the price of the author is charging and when it will be available from the author and other bookstores.

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