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    A Simple Way To Evangelize

    A practical teaching about how to share your Christian faith.

    Text: Luke 23:32-43

    Posted by John Samson on April 24, 2016 07:19 PM


    Over forty years of being a professing Christian.. I live feeling trapped...using meds to get out of and to bed...I have many unmasculine fears...bugs,heights,being in crowds of people,plus desiring to be alone...though I can't stop wanting to be saved...I believe it has nothing to do with love,just an extreme fear of hell...the Word says to test without fruits is dead….I have failed that test and have lost any ambition to do anything...for several years I served at church as well as a biblical counseling center...I have come to realize it was mostly people pleasing... Had the head knowledge, not the heart...killed the heart and am doing so with drugs and meds due to a lifelong struggle with depression and anxiety. All sounds like excuses... Wish I could sleep 24 hours a day. Self-pity..another sin. Again, how can I even believe that I am saved when I consistently fail the test? And other than looking for sights like this. I would rather not be here if I thought hell wasn't is…Christ is..I just see no evidence of being chosen... Yes, I do believe in reformed theology, calvanism,election, etc. I just have no desire for Church, worship, or even prayer...I am afraid to live...more afraid to die.
    Sorry for the long diatribe... Friends don't seem to want to hear it anymore.


    While very much appreciating you reaching out in this way there is a definite and real limitation as to what can be communicated by way of response on a blog of this type. I would therefore strongly encourage you to reach out to your local Church elders and seek counsel from them. I believe that would be a far better help to you than anything that can be communicated in a paragraph or two here. Having said that, please be assured of my prayers.

    I appreciate any prayers from any Christian. Over 40 years of this depression/anxiety lived life, I am just thankful for my fear of hell. I will never kill myself...though I am very aware of the complete Sovereignty of God and know that He knew before I was born everything that has and will happen, including finding and writing to you. "HOPE: Confident expectation based on GOD'S changeless Word, guaranteeing a promising future whatever you face now" from Dr. Ron Allchin and my friends from Biblical Counseling Center.
    Thanks again for your prayers,
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    Can I offer a word of advice and encouragement to Bob? I'm a Christian. I've been diagnosed with Lyme disease and your fears are pretty much my fears as a result of the sickness. Could it be that your problem is not emotional or even spiritual? Lyme disease sucks the life out of you in pretty much the same way you describe. Also vitamin deficiency causes depression and anxiety. Check with a naturopathic doctor, they'can do a thorough evaluation. Let me know if you need help finding resources. God bless you. I'll pray for you.

    Hey Bob, will be praying for you. Humble yourself under God's mighty hand so that He may exalt you.

    God bless brother..

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