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More Resources on Depression

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As a follow up to Todd's post on resources on depression, I wanted to share a few items that the Alliance keeps around on the topic. These and more can be found at ReformedResources.org. And as a reminder, if you are a Friend of the Alliance, your shipping is free; if you are part of our President's Circle, we would be happy to give you these resources for free!

Audio: (available as both CD and MP3)
Alliance collection - "My Portion Forever, Finding God's Joy in our Pain" - http://www.reformedresources.org/audio/my-portion-forever-finding-gods-joy-in-our-pain/
James Boice - "Hearing God When You Hurt" - http://www.reformedresources.org/james-boice/hearing-god-when-you-hurt-cds/
Donald Barnhouse - "Sickness and Suffering" - http://www.reformedresources.org/donald-barnhouse/sickness-and-suffering/

Booklets:
Dr. Boice & Dr. Barnhouse - "Anxiety and Depression" - http://www.reformedresources.org/donald-barnhouse-books/anxiety-and-depression-booklet/
Donald Barnhouse - "Emotions, Nerves and Christianity" - http://www.reformedresources.org/donald-barnhouse-books/emotions-nerves-and-christianity-booklet/
Classic Spurgeon - "Christ the Cure for Troubled Hearts" - http://www.reformedresources.org/books/great-sermons-of-the-world-christ-the-cure-for-troubled-hearts-booklet/

Books: 
David Murray - "Christians Get Depressed Too" - http://www.reformedresources.org/books/christians-get-depressed-too/
Ligon Duncan - "Does Grace Grow Best in Winter" - http://www.reformedresources.org/ligon-duncan-books/does-grace-grow-best-in-winter/
James Boice - "Hearing God When You Hurt" - http://www.reformedresources.org/james-boice-books/hearing-god-when-you-hurt/

Subjects suitable to an immortal being

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A reminder from Spurgeon to deal in our ministry with subjects suitable to an immortal being, taken from a sermon on The Word of the Cross (#1611):
If I were able to explain to a general audience how to make unlimited profit upon the Stock Exchange, or in some other market, all the world would listen with profound attention; and if I put my point clearly I should be pronounced a really clever preacher, a man well worth hearing; but when the sermon is only about the word of God, and eternity, and the soul, and the blood of Jesus - most people turn on their heel; they are not sure that they have souls, and they refuse to argue upon the supposition of a future existence, which is an old wife's fable to them. As for eternity their philosophy has no room for it, and they do not concern themselves about it. One said in argument the other day, "I believe I shall die like a dog." I could give him no better reply on the spur of the moment than to say, "If I had known that you were a dog I would have brought you a bone." As I had the notion that he would live for ever I came to talk to him upon subjects suitable to an immortal being, but as I found out that he was going to die like a dog, what could I do for him but provide such cheer as the creature could enjoy? These men call the gospel foolishness because they look after the main chance, and care more for the body than for the soul. One of their wise men said, "Why do you preach so much about the world to come, why not preach about the world which now is? Teach these people how to ventilate their sewers, that is a much more needful matter than their believing on Jesus." Well, sanitary matters are important, and if any of you feel that you have nothing to live for but ventilating sewers I wish you would live at a great rate, and get it done as quickly as you can. Meanwhile, as we are convinced of the need of other things besides drainage, and as many of us expect soon to take our happy flight to a place where there are no sewers to ventilate, we shall look into those things which concern our future life, seeing they also fit us for the life which now is.

Not afraid of bad news

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I have been using Spurgeon's Morning and Evening readings more or less for the past thirty years, and they never fail to amaze me with their pastoral insight and their constant relevance. Having been thinking recently of the number of Christians who have received, or are dreading receiving, bad news either about themselves or others, I was struck by Spurgeon's meditation on Psalm 112:7 the other morning: 

"He shall not be afraid of evil tidings."

Psalm 112:7

Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved his faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess?

Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do?

Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, "Stand still and see the salvation of God." For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God's high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, "let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."