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WHAT CHRISTIANS GET WRONG ABOUT DEPRESSION

Depression is personal to me. My cousin died by suicide. She was depressed following her divorce. She never recovered from the rejection and grief. As a pastor I’ve grieved with too many families whose loved one ended their life because they could find no other way to stop their internal pain. (more…)
Bob Jones
April 29, 2019
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3 WAYS TO GET YOUR WORDS OUT

Writers know how to share. If you share freely there will always be more. This radical proposition runs contrary to human nature and dogs with a bone. Writers by nature and function are dogged by the call to listen to life and then freely empty their souls of the things they've heard. Think of your favorite writer. I wager that they're you're favorite because they excel at sharing. The Writers Group at North Pointe  is learning the value of sharing. We help each other become better writers and better people. Read how you can get involved here..."Writers Connect" Writing And Life Anne Lamott  is laugh-out-loud funny and alternately cranky and kind throughout her book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions On…
Bob Jones
July 13, 2018
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3 WORDS TO LIVE BY

Words ultimately matter. Plain and simple. Less Is More As a pastor/teacher/writer I am constantly learning. My biggest lesson of the past twelve months? “Less is more.” It’s been a challenging lesson to learn but this trilogy of words is now a guiding light for me. They got me thinking – what else can be said that is meaningful, true and wise in three words? I asked associates, writers and social media friends to share three words they live by. Read through them. Who said them? Made you smile? Got a favorite? Post a comment. 3 Words To Live By I need coffee. Nothing is impossible. Never ever quit. Ideals. Action. Altruism. Eat more sushi. Make a difference. Be a…
Bob Jones
February 15, 2018
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18 PERFECTLY TIMED QUOTES

There it was. One sentence. Ten words. The perfect time. "The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too." The Power Of Timely Words I came across the quote when I needed to make a big decision. W.H. Murray, a Scottish mountaineer, penned them fifty years earlier in his book The Scottish Himalayan Expedition. What he wrote about had nothing to do with what I faced yet it had everything to do with how I could face it. What the words said to me was, "God won't move until I take the first step." I knew the step to take. I needed a nudge to get me going. Murray's words were the nudge. I've kept the full quote on…
Bob Jones
July 24, 2016
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15 REASONS DOING GOOD IS GOOD FOR YOU

A woman was having terrible difficulty getting through the death of her husband. She said to her physician, “Please give me a prescription to help me with my sadness. Every day I go to the cemetery and I put flowers on my husband’s grave, but it doesn’t help. It simply drives me deeper into grief. Please give me a prescription to ease my pain.” The physician said, “Before I give you a prescription, let me give you a suggestion. Instead of placing those flowers on your husband’s grave, why don’t you bring them to the hospital? I have many patients in the hospital who nobody ever visits and if you would visit them and bring them some encouragement in those…
Bob Jones
July 20, 2014
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9 THINGS YOUR SOUL IS TELLING YOU IT NEEDS

You know your soul is very significant...you just may not be sure what it means. Good health has everything to do with your soul. In fact, if you could only choose between a healthy body and a healthy soul, I'd advise...pick your soul. Integrity Your soul that has the capacity to integrate all the parts - the body, mind, and will - into a single, whole life. John Ortberg’s, “Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You” is far and away the best book I’ve read on the subject of soul care. When your soul is unhealthy your body, mind and will work against each other - your mind believes an action is good, but your body does…
Bob Jones
May 11, 2014