When “Jesus” Isn’t Enough

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  1. “My hope is to be a Newton to the Cowpers in my life…and stay close to the Newtons in my own.”

    You’re succeeding, critics be darned.

    …and welcome back

  2. Nonnie says:

    Last week we visited Cowper and Newton’s homes in Olney, England. There is a museum there and what Michael has written is exactly what they told us there. Newton’s first parish was in Olney, a little town of little significance. He was assigned the parish because people didn’t trust his “worldly and sinful” background, but the bishop had faith that God was going to use him. At the museum they talked about the tender and encouraging pastoral care that Newton had for Cowper and the church community that loved him and cared for him. Upon leaving, our prayer was also “Lord, let us be like Newton to the Cowper’s You bring our way.

  3. Paige says:

    My goodness! What a WONDERFUL article! Thank you thank you thank you! Voice of truth, voice of reality…a sorely understood and rarely mentioned, but so desperately needed message. Amen amen amen!

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, Gman!
    Thank you, Paige!
    Nonnie…I would have loved to visit there with you…

  5. Babylon's Dread says:

    One need look no further than David to find the king of depression and Jeremiah if you need a prophet. For a preacher Charles Spurgeon is your man. “I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever gets to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to.” It is a … “seething caldron of despair.”

  6. Rob Murphy says:

    I find depression and anxiety and panic attacks described perfectly throughout the Psalms. I find perfect understanding in the person and work of Jesus Christ – who experienced all the grief, loss and tragedy we experience (we could even argue ‘beyond’ what we are capable of experiencing).
    Personally, I take immense comfort in David’s recordings of his suffering because I know that “someone understands” and I am not utterly alone. I have context in the suffering of humanity and specifically I have belonging in and to the sufferings of Jesus Christ. He took ‘My sin’ and ‘my suffering’ and is acquainted with ‘my grief’. He made a spectacle of all of them in death and conquered that I too may be raised to life.

  7. Happymom says:

    Beautifully written – much needed.
    Succeeding indeed.

  8. Thank you for this, Michael.

  9. Donn says:

    Wow, what a great post, Michael! Excellent weaving of the words of his hymns. just wow.

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you Bill…thank you Donn.

  11. Matt says:

    Thank you for posting this, Michael. The Cowper example was spot on.

  12. Anne says:

    Yes, thank you for this educational & compassionate piece, Michael.

  13. PP Vet says:

    After many years, by the exercise of faith and obedience, I have completely overcome mental illness. I love my life, my family, and all the people in my life.

    Here is the response that I perceive many would endorse:

    “Depression and mental illness are physiological. If after many years, by the exercise of faith, you conquered mental illness, the truth is, you never had It. Or, not a very bad case. Or, your physiology changed. No, you did not overcome mental illness by faith, because that would imply all others could do the same. So we reject your testimony.”

    Well, let me tell you, that is evil.

    I do not begrudge anyone medication or therapy or anything else. I do not stand in judgment of anyone who is suffering. But I stand by my own testimony, and I reject your efforts to deny me the victory I earned by the grace of God.

  14. Michael says:

    Matt, Anne…you’re welcome.
    Thank you.

  15. Steve says:

    Wonderful Article-

  16. Pam Kulwiec says:

    Thank you, Michael. A friend and I had just been texting about this issue as she is dealing with a family member battling this very thing. I am SO THANKFUL that she has a pastor who is her Newton. Was glad to be able to share the link to today’s post.

  17. Michael says:

    Thank you, Steve, thank you, Pam…

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