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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/
For almost 40 years the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (PCRT) has been synonymous with Tenth Presbyterian Church in center city Philadelphia. It was started there in 1974 by James Montgomery Boice, and as it grew and flourished, it was taken to many other venues throughout America over the years. Now, as it prepares for its 40th anniversary celebration, it is on the move.

Recent years have seen some significant developments in the life and organization of PCRT's parent body, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, not least the decision to relocate its headquarters from downtown Philadelphia to Lancaster, PA. This move occurred largely for logistical reasons, and it has proved worthwhile in many ways. It has also led to a number of other changes in the Alliance's larger frame of operation.

It was in this context that the future of the PCRT conference came under review, especially in terms of its venue. After lengthy discussions with the leadership at Tenth, the Alliance felt that, after a long and happy relationship between their respective bodies, there would be merit in moving the conference to a new location. 

With the desire to keep the conference in the greater Philadelphia area, the Alliance approached the leadership of Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr in the western suburbs of the city to explore the possibility of its hosting the conference. Proclamation and Tenth have long enjoyed a close relationship and have strongly supported the work of both the Alliance and PCRT through the years. 

Proclamation counted it a privilege to have been asked to host the conference and was glad to accept the invitation to do so, knowing full well that Tenth has set the highest standards for what it entails. Its elders, staff, and members are looking forward to taking on this responsibility for the 2014 event.

Tenth's elders and senior minister Dr. Liam Goligher remain enthusiastically committed to the work of the Alliance and to the ministry of PCRT and join the elder body of Proclamation and their senior minister Rev. Mark Johnston in supporting the conference and seeking God's richest blessing on its ongoing work. 

The shared prayer of the Alliance and these two churches is that the ministry of PCRT will continue to bless the church at large and continue to spread the rich and vital heritage of Reformation theology through the USA and to the wider world for many years to come. 

Rick's article of Dr. Boice served as a reminder. The Alliance has created a special collection of audio which includes not only the memorial service for James Boice but also the messages surrounding his announcement, the announcement of his cancer to Tenth Presbyterian Church, the last sermon he preached, and those sermons preached after his death.

You can order it by calling 215-546-3696, M-F, 9 am till 4 pm EDT, or online at www.reformedresources.org/audio/the-life-of-dr-james-montgomery-boice/

"Seeing Jesus Again" by Philip Ryken of Every Last Word is available as a free MP3 at reformedresources.org/audio/seeing-jesus-again-mp3/

Have you experienced a time when you felt like God wasn't present? Or been anxious that he might not get you through a difficult time? You're not alone. When Jesus was crucified, the disciples felt they had lost him for good. But they were wrong, and they came to see how Jesus' promise that he would be with them forever --was true.

The entire set is available on CD at reformedresources.org/audio/seeing-jesus-again-cds/ It features James Boice, Richard Phillips, Philip Ryken, and Donald Barnhouse.

When Jesus started His earthly ministry, He called His disciples to leave everything behind and follow Him. And they did. They ate together, traveled together, and ministered together. When Jesus was crucified, the disciples felt they had lost Him for good. But they were wrong, and they came to see how Jesus' promise that He would be with them forever was true. We often hear teaching at church that God is with us. But do you ever worry about God leaving you--especially when you need Him most? That's when we turn to Scripture, where it teaches us that even though we can't see Him--He is always with us. This audio set highlights key Scripture passages that show us Jesus' heart for His people... how He mourned over the chosen people of God who were rejecting Him, and how He might mourn over us as well. 6 messages on 3 CDs.

A Time for Tears

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From "The Christ of the Empty Tomb," Dr. Boice speaks of Mary's encounter with the risen Christ:

 

"In the third chapter of Ecclesiastes there are words of great wisdom: "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: ... a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance" (vv 1, 4). Let me say emphatically, there is a time when we are to weep. We are to weep over sin, over sin's effects, over suffering, anguish, pain, and over death. We are to weep when we suffer. We are to weep when others suffer. Christianity is no stoic religion. It is not a religion of the stiff upper lip. It is a religion that recognizes sin as sin and evil as evil, and grieves for both. We will have to grieve as long as we are here in this world.

 

But not always! Not as those who have no hope! And not at Easter! At Easter we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, and we rejoice with Mary, those tears are turned to joy. How can we weep? Once we had only a dead religion, but now we have found a living person. Once we had a martyr, but now we have found a Savior. Once we had a mortal, or so we thought. Now we have a reigning Lord."

 

 

Dr. James Montgomery Boice can be heard on The Bible Study Hour at AllianceNet.org and "The Christ of the Empty Tomb" can be ordered at ReformedResources.org.

Dr. James Boice remains the Bible teacher on The Bible Study Hour and founded the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology. Later in "The Christ of the Empty Tomb," Dr. Boice speaking of the first century Christians writes:

 

"Why should anybody endure such punishments? Why should Paul have kept preaching when all it brought him was suffering? Was Stephen's martyrdom worth it? What was the point of Peter and John's flogging at the hand of the Sanhedrin? Would it not have been better for each of them if they had simply gone with the tide and done what the Jewish leaders wanted? Would it not have been wiser to do as the soldiers, who took the month and kept silent?

 

Silent about Jesus? About the resurrection? Each of those early Christians would tell us that they could never have kept silent, because the message they proclaimed was no mere earthly message that could be believed or not, depending upon whether it proved beneficial or instead required sacrifice. The resurrection is not philosophy. It is a fact of history. Therefore, as Peter and John replied to the Sanhedrin, they could not "help speaking about what [they had] seen and heard." (Acts 4:20).

 

And there is this fact also. In this life the tables are often turned so that truth suffers and lies are praised. But this life is not the full limit of reality, any more than the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea was the end of the line for Jesus Christ. Jesus lives! And so truth lives, regardless of man's opposition to it. In this life the deceiver may receive rewards. It has happened before; it will happen again. But in the life to come truth will be required, evil will be punished and those who have served the risen Christ will hear Him declare, "Well done, good and faithful servant!... Come and share your master's happiness!" (Matthew 25:21)"

 

 

Dr. James Montgomery Boice can be heard at AllianceNet.org and "The Christ of the Empty Tomb" can be ordered at reformedresources.org/books/the-christ-of-the-empty-tomb/.

James Boice was mentor to Philip Ryken and Richard Phillips, both reformation21 bloggers. Continuing in his book, "The Christ of the Empty Tomb," Dr. Boice writes of Job's statement "I know that my Redeemer lives":

 

"If Job, who lived at the dawn of recorded history, centuries before the time of the Lord Jesus Christ - if Job knew these things, how much more should we know them, we who are aware of Christ's resurrection and have witnessed His power in our lives. Job lived in a dark and misty time, before the dawning of the Lord Jesus Christ, that sun of righteousness. Job lived in an age Before Jesus brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. If he had failed to understand about the resurrection and had failed to believe in it, who could blame him? Nobody. Yet he believed. How much more then should we?

 

Can you say with Job, "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God"? If so, then live in that assurance. Do not fear death. During the next twelve months death will certainly come for some, but there will also be a resurrection. Besides, Jesus is also coming and if that should happen soon, He will receive us all.

 

I add one more thought. We believe these truths, yes. But let us not only believe them; let us pass them on so that others may share in this resurrection faith also. What was job's desire after all? It was that his works might be preserved and that his faith in the resurrection might be saved for coming generations. The resurrection hope has come down to us through many centuries of church history. Lit pass to our children and to our children's children until the living Lord Jesus Christ returns in His Glory. Jesus Christ Lives. Hi Lives! Then let us tell others, and let us shout with Job, "I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the he will stand up on the earth"."

 

 

"The Christ of the Empty Tomb" by Dr. James Montgomery Boice can be found on ReformedResources.org at reformedresources.org/books/the-christ-of-the-empty-tomb/ Dr. Boice's audio messages can be heard on The Bible Study Hour.

As it is Easter week, thought exerts from Dr. James Boice's book, "The Christ of the Empty Tomb" would be encouraging. So to start, from the preface:

 

"I have been struck again with two things.

 

First, the resurrection was totally unexpected by those who first saw the Lord. He had told them about it, of course. He had prophesied: "The Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles, who will mock Him and spit on Him, flog Him and kill Him. Three days later He will rise" (Mark 10:33-34). This and other prophecies are so explicit that we can hardly understand how the disciples failed to grasp Christ's teaching and expect the resurrection especially since Christ's enemies seem to have understood His claim although they disbelieved it.

 

But so it was! Cleopas and Mary, the Emmaus disciples, heard reports of the resurrection but had so little interest in them that they simply went on packing for their trip home following the Sabbath. Mary Magdalene could think only of Christ's body. Thomas, the most outspoken, said "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails where, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it: (John 20:25). They were not gullible men and women, as some have pictured them to be. There were hard-nosed skeptics. They were as resistant to miracles as our contemporaries.

 

Second, I have been impressed with how utterly convinced the disciples became once they had seen the glorified Jesus. And it was not just a matter of one or two having claimed to have seen Him. All the disciples, all the women - indeed even five hundred people at one time - saw Jesus, and this was so overwhelming to them that not once after that did any one of them ever question the miracle. Many times they sinned. They had fallings out among themselves. They erred in other tings. But never once did any doubt that Jesus really was raised from the dead and that His resurrection proved all that needs to be proved for Christianity. If proved:

 

That there is a God and that the God of the Bible is the true God;

That Jesus is God's unique Son and that He is fully divine;

That all who believe in Jesus Christ are justified from all sin;

That the believer in Christ can have supernatural victory over sin in this life; and

That we too shall rise again.

 

It is for these reasons that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is good news. In fact, it is the best news the world has ever heard. It is news that needs to be proclaimed vigorously and joyously to our own sinful and dying generation."

 

 

"The Christ of the Empty Tomb" by Dr. James Montgomery Boice can be found on ReformedResources.org at reformedresources.org/books/the-christ-of-the-empty-tomb/