neuroscience

Dealing with Depression

Sermon Title:  Dealing with Depression
Scripture Reading: Psalm 6; Philippians 4:4-9; 2 Corinthians 4:6-12, 16-18

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Sadness is normal. There is a lot in this world that shouldbother us. So, we shouldn’t hide our pain and grief for fear that we will be judged. As we see in Christ and the Scriptures, sadness can reveal that you’re alive and that something isn’t right. Sadness cries out for healing. It’s only when it defines and controls you that it’s a problem—like a dark cloud hanging over us, it blocks out the light. Prolonged sadness leads to depression, and depression leads to despair. In Dealing with Depression, Pastor David shares a balanced approach to overcoming the darkness in our lives.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
February 17 bulletin
small group discussion questions

The Power of Thankfulness

Sermon Title: The Power of Thankfulness
Scripture Reading: John 10:10; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-8; Colossians 3:15-17

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According to recent studies, America isn't a very happy place to be, as people's sense of well-being is at an all-time low. People are fearful, angry, depressed, discontented, and lacking purpose in life. Therefore, followers of Jesus need to be reminded of the full life that he promises (Jn 10:10). In The Power of Thankfulness, Pastor David shares how the Bible and recent neuroscience indicates that practicing gratitude can help us access the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Worship Resources:
sermon video (mp4)
sermon slides
November 11 bulletin
small group discussion questions

The God Who Looks Like Jesus

Sermon Title: The God Who Looks Like Jesus
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:51-56; John 14:5-9, Hebrews 1:1-3

Jesus is what God is like and what God has always been like. But unfortunately, many people have allowed competing portraits of God to negatively shape their lives. Current brain research has found that distorted images and negative concepts of God lead us to unhealthy patterns of self-defeating behaviors and toxic relationships. In The God Who Looks Like Jesus, Pastor David challenges us to align our thoughts about God to reflect what has been fully revealed in Christ.

Worship Resources:
sermon slides
August 6 bulletin
small group discussion questions