Philippians 3:19-21 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
Timothy and Epaphroditus
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I know the things concerning you. 20 For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care for your concerns. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not the things of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a child with a father. 23 Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly.
25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need; 26 since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am sending him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and that I may be less anxious. 29 Therefore receive him in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
A little known Bible character named Epaphroditus became depressed. He had been charged with going to attend and comfort the seriously ill apostle Paul in Rome, some 600 miles away. However, Epaphroditus fell sick, and needed to be comforted. He may have thought the Philippian congregation that sent him would believe he had failed them. On the other hand, he might just have felt extreme guilt, and longed to see them, to know they understood his circumstances. Paul used the Greek word, ademoneo, “to be distressed,” “to be in anxiety,” “to feel dejected,” “sorrow troubled [i.e., depressed],” to define Epaphroditus’ circumstance. Bible scholar J. B. Lightfoot wrote that this word can designate “the confused, restless, half-distracted state, which is produced by physical derangement, or by mental distress, as grief, shame, disappointment, etc.” ademoneo “to be troubled, much distressed,” is used of the Lord’s sorrow in Gethsemane, Matt. 26:37; Mark 14:33. (Vine 1996, 299)
The circumstances of Epaphroditus, the historical setting, what exactly brought on his distress can help us today better appreciate how anxiety and stress can contribute to a depressive bout. A devastating sickness may be a basis of depression or guilt feelings of someone in the congregation, or a Christian that is visiting a counselor. This one might have been very active in the congregation prior to an illness, or getting older, and now is very limited to what he can do. This could be very distressing! The pastor or counselor can use Epaphroditus to teach a lesson, or at least a lesson on the effects of extreme or misplaced guilt. The counselor would ask, “Can Epaphroditus be blamed because he fell ill?” The counselee would respond, “Definitely not!” Then, the counselor briefly explains what they already know to be true about our fallen condition. (Genesis 3:17-19; Romans 5:12) Then, the counselor asks the counselee, “Epaphroditus wanted to serve God and his congregation, but sickness restricted him to some degree did it not? The counselee answers, “Yes.” How did Paul and his congregation feel about Epaphroditus? Were they angry because of what happened, the counselor asks. “No,” says the counselee, “in fact, he praised him.”
The Feeling of Depression
“As you wake in the morning, you know, just before you come into consciousness, you feel very sad, very emotional, to the point that you do not want to rise to face the day, you just keep forcing yourself back to sleep,” says Julie. She goes on to say that you do not want to face the day; there is this feeling of impending doom, a sense of worthlessness, wondering why you have to go on like this.”
James remembers, “I was always in a state of nervousness, feeling guilty over everything, and fearing the worst was just ahead, and that life was over when it had only just begun. My fear of losing my job actually pushed me to quit it before the embarrassment of going through the rejection. I worried day and night about everything, my mind racing from one thing to the next, as a beat myself up with my negative self-talk (“man am I dumb!” “I will never amount to anything!” “My life is hopeless!” “Even when I do my best I fail.”). I felt as though I failed God, and would never be in his good graces.”
All of us have been sad from time to time, which can give us that misplaced belief that we can relate to a person who suffers from clinical depression. This could not be further from the truth. The sad truth is, what we may do to remove our feelings of sadness, if recommended to a depressive person, will only enhance their depression. Take a moment to fill out Dr. Burn’s Depression Checklist below.
Burns Depression Checklist
Instructions: Put the corresponding number in the last cell of the chart row to indicate how much you have experienced each symptom during the past week, including today. Please answer all 25 items.
|0―Not At All|
|Thoughts and Feelings|
|1. Feeling sad or down in the dumps|
|2. Feeling unhappy or blue|
|3. Crying spells or tearfulness|
|4. Feeling discouraged|
|5. Feeling hopeless|
|6. Low self-esteem|
|7. Feeling worthless or inadequate|
|8. Guilt or shame|
|9. Criticizing yourself or blaming yourself|
|10. Difficulty making decisions|
|Activities and Personal Relationships|
|11. Loss of interest in family, friends or colleagues|
|13. Spending less time with family or friends|
|14. Loss of motivation|
|15. Loss of interest in work or other activities|
|16. Avoiding work or other activities|
|17. Loss of pleasure or satisfaction in life|
|18. Feeling tired|
|19. Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much|
|20. Decreased or increased appetite|
|21. Loss of interest in sex|
|22. Worrying about your health|
|23. Do you have any suicidal thoughts?|
|24. Would you like to end your life?|
|25 Do you have a plan for harming yourself?|
Interpreting the Burns Depression Checklist
0-5 no depression
6-10 normal but unhappy
11-25 mild depression
26-50 moderate depression
51-75 severe depression
76-100 extreme depression
The Cruelty of Depression
Even moderate depression can take its toll on you, as the suffering can be very intense at times. If symptoms such as persistent feelings of hopelessness, dejection, poor concentration, lack of energy, inability to sleep, and so on persist for a few weeks, you should seek help. This is more than a short period of sad blues, as clinical depression is a serious disturbance that repeatedly hampers a person from doing everyday activities.
If your depression seems to be severe in the extreme, you should not way, but seek help. If the suffering that you are going through seems intolerable, it is time to reach out. This is not to be trifled with, as because intense feelings of hopelessness and despair can lead to suicidal thoughts. These extreme moods can creep up on you out of nowhere.
|The Range of Sadness to Depression|
|Sadness to Mild Depression||Moderate to Major Depression|
|Sadness, normal grief||Overwhelming hopelessness|
|Self-pity, discouragement||Feeling of worthlessness|
|Self-blame and guilt||Destructive guilt and self-blame|
|Able to find some pleasure||Find no pleasure, no longer care|
|Thoughts Going Through Your Mind|
|Feeling of guilt and regret||Thoughts of suicide|
|Sorrow||Hard to concentrate|
|Length of Time|
|A few days to a week||More than two weeks|
|Normal functioning||Constant fatigue; unexplained aches|
|Slight temporary physical problems||Changes in eating and sleeping habits|
|Somewhat tired||Inability to sit still, pacing, hand-wringing|
|Some trouble sleeping||Slowed speech or body motions|
Types of Depression
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, there are two main categories of depression, major depressive disorder and dysthymia, and a grouping of other, less common types. There are also a number of other mood disorders that can cause depression symptoms.
Depression is set apart into two different categories: (1) those that are the result of tragic life events (like the loss of a loved one), and (2) and those that are biological (like bipolar). However, most cases are a combination of both. Nevertheless, it is best for the purpose of recovery; the diagnoses should be divided into event-related or biological-related.
The biological-related is a lifelong commitment at maintaining and caring for the mental disorder, which can mean a very normal life. However, the event-related have no long-term effect on the brain. Therefore, in time, they will work themselves out with some cognitive therapy, some rest, good eating habits, and some light exercise.
Biological depressions take place within the brain cells, which results in damage to the cells of the brain. However, it may be a stressful event, which triggers the depressive episode. In this case, the duration may not just be a few days to a week, like event-related, but two weeks or more, and treat may very well involve medication, as well as cognitive therapy. Each time a person suffers from a depressive episode, it alters the structure of brain cells, which in turn increases the likelihood of further depressive episodes. However, the tools given in cognitive therapy alter the structure of brain cells as well, which can prevent future depressive episodes.
- Normal Grief: great sadness, especially as a result of some tragic event
- Adjustment Disorder: when an individual is unable to adjust to or cope with a particular stressor, like a major life event.
- Clinical or major depression is so severest that life is disrupted.
- Dysthymia is persistent depression that has symptoms such as fatigue, low self-esteem, insomnia, and appetite disturbances but is not severe enough to amount to a mental illness.
- Bipolar Disorder is a psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme mood swings, ranging between episodes of acute euphoria mania and severe depression
- Seasonal Effective Disorder (SAD) is winter depression: medical depression associated with the onset of winter and thought to be caused by decreasing amounts of daylight.
Can God Help Depressed Ones?
God is very much aware of his servants that suffer from depression. Isaiah 57:15 says, “The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: ‘I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.’” We can draw a measure of comfort from the fact that God “is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18.
There is little doubt that our taking the time to open our heart to the One who ‘hears prayers,” it can enable us to be able to cope better with disturbing moods and situations. (Psalm 65:2) The apostle Paul exhorts us, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7.
Some of the more severe forms of depression can cause us to have an intense sense of worthlessness, which can lead us to believe that God has abandoned us, no longer hearing our cries for help. However, this is irrational thinking gone out of control, because “he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” (Psa. 103:14) While our human imperfections, we need to know that while “our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.” (1 John 3:19-20) Yes, we need to pray similarly as the Psalmist, who said that God “is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.” – Psalm 9:9, 10; 10:12, 14, 17; and 25:17.
Even when our depression has the better of us, inhibiting us from being able clearly to state what we want, we should never give up. We just need to express ourselves as best we can, even if it is mumbling to “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) The Spirit knows what is in our hearts. The question is how does God answer our prayers?
Proverbs 3:25-26 Lexham English Bible (LEB)
25 Do not be afraid of sudden panic,
or the storm of wickedness that will come.
26 [Jehovah] will be your confidence
and guard your foot from capture.
Before delving into what verses 25-26 means, let us take a moment to establish what it does not mean. Should we understand these verses, or any other in Scripture that because we are wisely walking with Jehovah God that he will miraculously step in to protect each Christian personally from diseases, mental disorders, injury or death? These sorts of miracles are the extreme exception to the rule. Of the 4,000 plus years of Bible history, from Adam to Jesus, with tens of millions of people living and dying, we have but a few dozen miracles that we know of in Scripture. Even in Bible times, miracles were not common, far from it. Hundreds of years may pass with no historical record of a miracle happening at all.
If we are wisely walking with God, we can be confident that bodily disease, mental disorders, injury or early death is far less likely than if we were not. Moreover, we can draw on the resurrection hope. Does God miraculously move events to save us out of difficult times or miraculously heal us? Yes he certainly can, but it is an extreme exception to the rule. He miraculously heals those who are going to play a major role in his settling of the issues that were raised in the Garden of Eden.
What these verses and the rest of Scripture teach us is this, if we walk by using biblical discernment and exercising biblically sound judgment unless time and an unforeseen occurrence befall us, we can be confident that we will not stumble into the difficulties that the world of mankind alienated from God faces every day. Conversely, the wicked do not have this protection. In other words, Christians live by the moral values of Scripture, which gives them an advantage over those that do not. Therefore, God answers our prayers by our faithfully acting in behalf of those prayers, by applying Scripture in a balanced manner. If we have not taken in a deep knowledge of God’s Word, how can we have the Spirit-inspired wisdom, the very knowledge of God to guide and direct us in our ways?
It is not the troubles of this would that actually cause us to feel bad. It is what we tell ourselves that contributes to how we feel. Self-talk is what we tell ourselves in our thoughts. In fact, it is the words we tell ourselves about people, self, experiences, life in general, God, the future, the past, the present; it is specifically all the words we say to ourselves all the time. Destructive self-talk, even subconsciously, can be very harmful to our mood: mood slumps, our self-worth plummeting, our body feeling sluggish, our will to accomplish even the tiniest of things is not to be realized and our actions defeat us.
Intense negative thinking will always lead to our feeling blue, painful emotions or even a depressive state. Our thoughts based on a good mood will be entirely different from those based on our being upset. Negative thoughts that flood our mind are the actual contributors of our self-defeating emotions. These very thoughts are what keep us sluggish and contribute to our feeling worthless. Therefore, this thinking is the key to our relief.
Every time we feel down about something, attempt to locate the corresponding negative thought we had to this feeling down. Because it is these thoughts that have created our feelings of low self-worth, by learning to offset them and replace them with rational thoughts we can actually change our mood. Remember the thoughts that move through our mind, with no effort, is the easiest course to follow because we have developed a way of thinking, a pattern of thinking. It is so subconscious that they even go unnoticed because we are not searching for them.
The centerpiece to it all is the mind. Our moods, behaviors and body responses result from the way we view things. It is a proven fact that we cannot experience any event in any way, shape, or form unless we have processed it with our mind first. No event can depress us; it is your perception of that event that will. If we are only sad over an event, our thoughts will be rational; but if you are depressed or anxious over an event, our thinking will be bent and irrational, distorted and simply wrong.
It may be difficult for each of us to wrap our mind around the concept that we are responsible for our thinking that leads to most depressive episodes, but we are very good at telling ourselves outright lies and half-truths, repeatedly throughout each day. In fact, some of us are so good at it that it has become our reality and leads to depression and anxiety. Look at the statements below.
- Self-degrading: I am so stupid or I never get anything right. Everything I do seem to fail. Even when I do all I can to make someone love me; they just end up rejecting me.
- Situation degrading: Life is the same every day; I do not even know why I bother getting up! Life just kicks me in the face every day it stinks!
- Future degrading: I am never going to make it in life; I do not know why I even try. It is a waste of time! I will never find happiness like everyone else. Hope, what is that!
We must appreciate that our thinking can deceive all of us, contributing to our belief that the negative mood, which has been created, because of our thinking, is reality, when it is not. If we have established a negative way of thinking, an irrational way of thinking, our mind will simply accept it as truth. Within a moment, we can alter our mood, and it is not even likely we notice it taking place. These negative feelings feel as though they are the real thing, which only reinforces to the deceptive thinking.
If we are under mental distress, and we find ourselves having no depression to very mild, and are unhappy much of the time, we need to be in prayer for Holy Spirit. However, we need to act in behalf of our prayers as well. It is likely that we can combine our spiritual pursuits with some cognitive behavioral therapy.
Romans 15:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
We know by now, having come this far in this publication, most of our minor to moderate mental distresses can be overcome by changing the way we think. We also know that the way we think has taken some time to become our pattern of thinking, and is deeply ingrained by now. However, if we are persistent about challenging our thinking every time we have an irrational thought, we can unhinge our irrationally, deep-seated ways of thinking.
At first, we will have to be alert to our thinking, because most of it is subconscious, and will go unnoticed otherwise. We could carry a small pocket tablet with us, to record the times of the day, or how many times in the day, we catch ourselves feeding ourselves irrational thoughts, and how successful we were at overcoming them. If we fail to take this exercise serious, it will be like a Christian, who lacks faith in the existence of Christ, which inevitably leads to spiritual shipwreck. The same is true of our mental distress, if we lack faith in the process, it will not be long before we have a major depressive shipwreck.
Daily Battle of the Mind Schedule
Our physical health is directly related to our mental health. What we eat can affect our moods. Therefore, it is best to see a nutritionist, to discover a healthy eating schedule. In addition, we need to know what foods will be most beneficial in having a positive effect on our moods. In short, it is better to eat five small meals a day, as oppose to three larger meals. We would want to minimize our pasta and bread intake. We would wish to have at least two servings of fruit per day, and one desert of some sort that is not excessive. We would wish to drink half of our body weight in ounces of water. Therefore, if we weigh 150 lbs., our water intake for a day would be 75 ounces or 3.5 20 oz. bottles. We would also want to have some light form of exercise each day. Find a beautiful place where you live, and take a 15-30 minute walk each day, followed by three sets of pushups and three sets of dumbbell curls. Good mental health comes from our showing the appropriate balance in our social, physical, spiritual and emotional Christian life.
Spiritual health is one aspect that many let go of first in difficult times. It is in fact, the most important aspect of our wellbeing. The key to being and remaining spiritually mentally healthy is application and being regular at spiritual activities. We should be regular at our Christian meetings, attendance being even more important during the time of crisis. We should be regular about our personal Bible study and Bible reading program. We should be regular in our evangelism of others. When we talk about our faith, it builds our faith.
Supporting Depressed Ones
If we have a wife, husband, child, or parent that suffers from a mental disorder, we need to be aware of the symptoms. This will help you to deal with them in a more loving way. It would be very painful for a sufferer to be further tormented by an uninformed loved one that sees symptoms as hormonal changes. In addition, you may make comments that are not supporting, by saying “you are just sick, you will be fine in a couple of days.” Worse still, you may infer that what are mental health issues are simply spiritual weaknesses or personality flaws. When you see that your loved one is continuously sleeping in longer, having no energy, confused, not interested in eating, irritable, this may be more serious than moodiness. If you have a loved one, who suffers from depression, you need to buy out the time, to research their illness.
We can offer further support, by helping and reinforcing to our loved ones that they need to take an active role in their treatment. Some suffering from depression have been given false information that, “this is who you are, you have a chemical imbalance in your brain, and there is nothing you can do about it. When someone tries to tell you otherwise, they are the enemy, so you should not listen to them.” Wrong, almost all who suffer from mental disorders, even those of a long-term nature, can recover and live healthy lives.
Some may have to take medications and participate in cognitive therapy while others may just need some cognitive therapy. Moreover, those on medication may be able to take lower doses after some time in cognitive therapy. The irony is, if you had symptoms of heart issues, you would seek out treatment, to avoid a heart attack. Even minor heart attacks cause damage to the heart, which can lead to a major heart attack. Some, who go years with minor depressive episodes, not seeking diagnoses, are doing damage to their brain cells, changing the structure of the brain cells, which can lead to major depression.
As a supporter, you need not place blame because a loved one suffers from a mental disorder. Scientists share that this is a very complex combination of genetic, environmental, and social issues. Those who live with the sufferer know that it can be trying at times for both parties, but it does little good to blame a person for an illness that is out of the hands of the sufferer. On the genetic level, it would be the same as faulting someone for having breast cancer, which they genetically inherited. On the event-based level, it would be like blaming a person who grew up in an abusive home. Your time and energy would be better directed at support as well as encouragement.
You need to have an outlook, which is realistic based in reality, not what you would like to see. If the sufferer has limits on what he or she can do, it can be disheartening if you raise the bar beyond those limits. Now, this does not negate the fact that the sufferer needs to be actively involved in their recovery, and improvement is always a goal. However, this should always flow through their counselor.
The best tool for a successful relationship with one suffering from a mental disorder is good communication. It may seem as though that the sufferer misconstrues what is said, but this can be part of the illness, viewing things in an irrational way. However, this is no excuse for giving up. Over time, if you do not allow the lines of communication to close, they will improve. You will learn how to communicate more effectively, and the sufferer will learn how to express himself or herself more effectively. As a supporter, you have to be concerned about more than the sufferer alone. If you are a husband or wife, you have to consider the children as well.
Being the foundation in a family with one who suffers from mental disorders, will over time wear you down. You need to be concerned about your wellbeing as well. You must make sure you eat well because the foods we consume affect our moods as well. You should implement some form of exercise three times a week. Getting enough sleep is crucial as well. Moreover, just because the sufferer cannot take part in social events at times, this does not mean that you should set them aside.
How to Comfort the Distressed with Words
Proverbs 20:5 English Standard Version (ESV)
5 The purpose in a man’s heart is like deep water,
but a man of understanding will draw it out
Proverbs 18:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
13 If one gives an answer before he hears,
it is his folly and shame.
We need to be able to hear the words that are spoken, as well as the way that it is said, the tone, the body language, so at to get the sense of what is being meant. A common complaint of wives to husbands is that they passively listen to them, blocking out much of what they do not want to hear, because they are opposed, or are not interested in what she is saying. Sadly, we tend to be less appreciative of those who are closest to us than total strangers. Active listening is a form of listening that results in both the speaker and listener having a full understand of what is meant. There are five points to keep in mind:
(1) Pay close attention to what is being said; listen for the ideas behind the words. Do not just hear, but also feel the words. Let the speaker know that you are listening, by leaning forward a little, looking at him, not staring, but having periodic eye contact.
(2) Look at facial expression, the tone of the voice, the inflection of the voice, the mood and body language. You want to get at the feelings behind the words. People generally do not say all that is on their mind, or convey their true feelings at times, so you have to pay close attention to the non-verbal.
(3) Turn off your internal thinking as much as possible. In other words, do not be thinking of how to respond to certain points while he is still talking, because you are going to miss the whole of what he has said.
(4) Let the speaker know you are paying attention by nodding from time to time, as well as acknowledging with verbal gestures.
(5) Reiterate is not a common word, but it means to repeat what you think the person meant by what they said, but in your own words, to see if you understood correctly. So, you mean … right?’
(6) The person you are speaking with will acknowledge either you are correct, or he will correct you, and will restate what they meant, and likely in a more comprehensive way since you misunderstood.
(7) When they have explained their message again, you must repeat your reiteration.
1 Peter 3:8 English Standard Version (ESV)
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
Romans 12:15 English Standard Version (ESV)
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
One of the ways to deal with a challenge is to have empathy. You in your heart must place yourself in their circumstances, getting their mindset. Just because a person comes across abrasively at times, this does not mean that you let them go. There may very well be a reason as to why they are not open to the conversation. This is where insightful, thought-provoking questions, can get at the significant part that has closed them down.
By employing active listening, allowing them to vent, you will understand whatever issues you need to overcome. You might ask, ‘tell me, what has you to the point where you are unable to talk this.’ This will let them know that you are open to listening. While they are expressing themselves, do not be tempted to resolve their issue, just listen as they fully explain. First, make sure you respond in a calm voice. Then reiterate what they said in a summary point, which will let them know you were listening, and it helps you to know you understand what it is. In the end, you may not agree, but you can empathetically understand in some way.
Psalm 103:14 New Living Translation (NLT)
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
Many times, one has to realize that not every conversation is going to reach a resolution. Therefore, one needs to be patient, and wait for a better time, as it will come up again. Another part of patience is being able to overlook the things the sufferer may say that is hurtful. Recognize that it is the illness speaking, and make allowances accordingly.
Use Your Words Wisely
Proverbs 25:11 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
11 The right word
at the right time
is like precious gold
set in silver.
Proverbs 15:23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
23 A man takes joy in giving an answer;
and a timely word—how good that is!
Use your words to strengthen the depressed one, help him or her to see their good qualities. Be specific in your praises. Let them know that the problems that you face together, the troubles of the past, and time when you both have fallen short are not reflective of the good person he or she is.
 One early MS reads “to see you all”
 If you believe your results indicate you are suffering from even mild depression, it is important to seek professional help.
 God of hope. God is the source of eternal hope, life, and salvation, and He is the object of hope for every believer. The MacArthur Bible Commentary (Kindle Locations 52745-52747). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
 Your doctor, not implemented by you, should make any changes. Many have felt better for some time and assumed they no longer needed their medication, so stopped it, only to suffer a major depressive episode.
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A clean conscience brings us inner peace, calmness, and a profound joy that is seldom found in this world under the imperfection of fallen flesh that is catered to by Satan, the god of the world. Many who were formerly living in sin and have now turned their life over to God, they now know this amazing relief and are able today to hold a good and clean conscience as they carry out the will of the Father. WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD, has been written to help its readers to find that same joy, to have and maintain a good, clean conscience in their lives. Of course, it is incapable of covering every detail that one would need to consider and apply in their lives …
This book is primarily for WIVES, but wives will greatly benefit from it as well. WIVES will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: WIVES BE SUBJECT TO …
This book is primarily for HUSBANDS, but wives will greatly benefit from it as well. HUSBANDS will learn to use God’s Word to construct a solid and happy marriage. The Creator of the family gives the very best advice. Many have been so eager to read this new publication: HUSBANDS LOVE …
How true is the Old Testament? For over two centuries Biblical scholars have held to the so-called documentary hypothesis, namely, that Genesis-Deuteronomy was not authored by Moses, but rather by several writers, some of whom lived centuries after Moses’ time. How have many scholars …
Islam is making a significant mark in our world. It is perhaps the fastest-growing religion in the world. It has become a major obstacle to Christian missions. And Muslim terrorists threaten the West and modern democracies. What is the history of Islam? What do Muslims believe? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Why do we have this clash of civilizations? Is sharia law a threat to modern democratic values? How can we fight terrorists in the 21st century? These are significant questions that deserve thoughtful answers …
…IS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD? Is Islam the One True Faith? This book covers the worldview, practices, and history of Islam and the Quran. This book is designed as an apologetic evangelistic tool for Christians, as they come across Muslims in their daily lives, as well as to inform …
If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, …
Historical Criticism of the Bible got started in earnest, known then as Higher Criticism, during the 18th and 19th centuries, it is also known as the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation. Are there any weakness to the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation …
Biblical criticism is an umbrella term covering various techniques for applying literary historical-critical methods in analyzing and studying the Bible and its textual content. Biblical criticism is also known as higher criticism, literary criticism, and historical criticism. Biblical …
APOLOGETICS: Reaching Hearts with the Art of Persuasion by Edward D. Andrews, author of seventy-two books, covers information that proves that the Bible is accurate, trustworthy, fully inerrant, and inspired by God for the benefit of humankind. The reader will be introduced to Christan …
Evangelism is the work of a Christian evangelist, of which all true Christians are obligated to partake to some extent, which seeks to persuade other people to become Christian, especially by sharing the basics of the Gospel, but also the deeper message of biblical truths. Today the …
MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist words should always be seasoned with salt as we share the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example …
…THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. Matthew 24:14; …
The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for …
…The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the1960’s has permeated the Western culture and …
EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the …
Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the …
The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of …
Translation and Textual Criticism
…THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use.
There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word …
…THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews …
Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the …
A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are …
…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …
The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …
Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …
Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …
…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …
Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …
…church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy Churches: A Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …
…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …
…Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …
What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …
What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …
Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …
Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …
The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …
What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …
Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …
Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …
…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …
Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …
There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to …
When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …
“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.