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my friend and pastor

Discussion in 'Prayer Wall' started by ph, Apr 24, 2002.

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  1. ph

    ph New Member

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    Please keep my pastor in your prayers. He has been battling anxiety and depression for a long time now, and it has become severe enough that he's asked the board for permission to take some time off in the next few months to possibly get counseling, or at the very least to be away from the demands on him from a busy, growing church.
    He has been through a lot in the past few years; his wife and all three children have had health problems, including his youngest who has an appointment with a specialist in neurology in May.
    There are a lot of other things that he's been through as well. We had a board meeting the other night, and he opened up a bit to the board, and he is very much in need of a touch from God. He's having a lot of emotional trouble right now, and depression is something that many people are still embarrased about, especially in the Christian community. He has said that he feels like he could end up in the psychiatric ward if he doesn't get better.
    Sorry this is so long, but please keep this man in your prayers. He's a wonderful, loving man of God who has led our church from about 20-30 people to over 100, and has sacrificed a lot for the Lord and His church.
     
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  2. Avila

    Avila Boohoo moomoo, cebu

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    praying.
     
  3. amie

    amie Survivor

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    Hi ph,
    I will pray for the mental health of your pastor as well as his physical health and that of his family...more often than not, we forget to pray for the ones whom we go to for spiritual advice...and they need it just as much as anyone of us! Thank you for that reminder...I am praying for and with you on this! Much love to you and many blessings too!
    Amie
    :angel:
     
  4. Mandy

    Mandy Well-Known Member

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    I am praying ph.
     
  5. solo66 man

    solo66 man Well-Known Member

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    Amen, Amie.
    They may even need it more than the rest of us.
    I will continue to pray for this pastor along with my own.
     
  6. Kristen

    Kristen Blah Blah

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    Praying for your pastor! :pray:
     
  7. forjesus

    forjesus Humble Servant

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    I wil pray for our Brother, may he get time to clear his mind, and may his family feel the healing touch of almighty God. God Bless you also.
     
  8. ph

    ph New Member

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    Thank you all so much for responding. I saw the pastor tonight (one of the other churches in town is holding revival services, and our pastor and his wife are the music evangelists for it), and he still doesn't look good, or act quite like himself. I think it is a good sign, though, that he is able to talk to some of the members about it, and is actually calling it depression, not just being a little down or having a bad day.
    It took a lot of courage for him to open up to the church board like he did, and I pray that God continues to strengthen him to talk about it and not stuff everything inside. We're blessed in our town to have a Christian psychologist, so there's a possibility that he may be getting some counseling and treatment from this doctor during his time off.
     
  9. AngelAmidala

    AngelAmidala Legend

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    I will continue praying then. :)
     
  10. GINGER

    GINGER New Member

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    PH, I AM PRAYING WITH YOU FOR HIS SPIRITUAL HEALTH AS WELL AS HIS NATURAL HEALTH. I LOVE YOU FOR CARING FOR YOUR PASTOR!

    PEOPLE JUST NEED TO PUT NAMES (ANXIETY) TO EVERYTHING.
    OF COURSE THE MIND PLAYS TRICKS WITH YOU. YOUR IMAGNINATION WILL HAVE YOUR MIND INTO STRANGE THOUGHTS AND IDEAS OR CIRCUMSTANCES AND SITUATIONS WON'T ALLOW YOU TO GET SPIRITUAL HELP, AND GET HELP WITH AN UNDERSTANDING.

    AN IDOL MIND IS THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP,
    (WRONG SEASON), BUT GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN ME THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD.

    A RULE HERE, A RULE THERE, a little lesson there. EQUIPPED WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS,WE CAN LISTEN TO GOD! HERE IS SOME I FIND HELFUL.

    A REGULAR TIIIIIIME AND PLACE. (MORNING OR EVENING)

    AN OPEN BIBLE! GO SEARCHING FOR GOD! HE SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD.
    A LISTING HEART. LET GOD HAVE YOU! LISTENING FOR HIM AND RECEIVE HIM.

    APPLY HIM!

    Don't let anxiety over-rule any longer

    Take authority of this anxiety , and go searching for GOD.
    THE BATTLE IS ON. FIGHT THE FIGHT OF FAITH FOR YOUR PASTOR AND WIN THE VICTORY!
    :priest: :angel: DON'T BE AFRAID.

    :priest: :angel: JESUS SAID LO I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS. :bow:
     
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