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Depression and Anxiety Part 4

We have emphasized that too much stress is most often a contributing factor to depression and anxiety. To combat this two-headed monster of depression and anxiety, we must learn how to minimize stress. And to do that we must be guided by the Bible as we view ourselves and as we live our lives in […]

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In our previous article, we talked about stress. Although one’s genetic makeup may make one vulnerable to depression and anxiety, mental and emotional stress are almost always contributing factors. Stress will sooner or later bring on either depression and/or anxiety. And stress is often self-induced. It is true that situations arise in our lives in […]

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Depression and Anxiety (2)

In the previous article on this subject we noted that twenty percent of teens (1 out of 5) will struggle with severe depression or anxiety before they are adults.  This is not only debilitating but can be terrifying. What can be done to avoid this kind of thing happening?  The things we need to know […]

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Depression and Anxiety (1)

The statistics on teenage depression are rather startling.  About 20 percent of teens (that’s 1 out of 5) will experience depression before they reach adulthood.  Between 10 to 15 percent of teens have some symptoms of depression at any one time.  About 5 percent of teens are suffering from major depression at any one time.   […]

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Want to Be Wise?

Have you ever read a book twice?  Maybe three times?    I remember in school rereading certain textbooks because I couldn’t grasp everything they had to offer with only one reading.  I’ve also found books that I read years earlier and reread them just for the enjoyment.  But no matter how profound or enjoyable a book […]

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Rev. James Slopsema

On December 31, 1947, Rev. James Slopsema was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His parents are George and Dorothy Slopsema. Growing up in Grand Rapids, Rev. Slopsema attended Adams Street Christian School and Grand Rapids Christian High School. Covenant Christian High School did not exist yet. After high school, he attended Grand Valley State University […]

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Practical Antithetical Living

The text for our convention this year is Ephesians 5:8, “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of the light.” Here we are taught that naturally we are darkness. We are lost in the darkness of sin and death. We are under the dominion of the […]

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Lessons from a Grandmother

While in Seminary I made regular trips to my grandmother’s house to learn Dutch. Together we would sit on the sofa. I would read out loud from a Dutch Bible and translate. She would help me through the rough spots. This is a good way to learn a language. Too bad I didn’t go there […]

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What Is a Christian? A Saint

Almost everyone today claims to be a Chris­tian. Many, however, who take the name of Christian do not live as Christians with the result that they cheapen the name. Think, for example, of the professional athletes who claim to be Christian but regularly profane the Sab­bath day with their ball playing. Think of the entertainers, […]

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In Comfort

OUR NEED FOR COMFORT Tonight we will speak about comfort. You may ask, “Why speak about comfort at a Young People’s Convention?’’ When we think of those who need to be comforted we usually think of old people who are feeble, sickly, suffering pain and perhaps facing death. We think of families who have lost […]

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