From The Pastor's Pen

AN IPSWICH CHURCH

From The Pastor's Pen

Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Week in Queensland and the associated website –
https://www.qldmentalhealthweek.org.au/ is full of great resources and stories.
I take my hat off to those doctors, clinicians, counsellors and carers who work in
this area. Not to mention family members who are doing whatever they can to
support brothers, sisters, parents and children. What a huge challenge to help
other people manage the “battle of the mind”. It’s no small thing.
God is not ignorant of the needs of mental health and the Scriptures are full of
helpful input on the subject.
Without seeking to be simplistic about this complex issue, I look at just one chapter
of the Bible, Philippians 4 and we see so much great resource to gain victory over
mental ill health. We should not be surprised that it dovetails perfectly with
contemporary clinical help in the area.
Consider the exhortations of this passage –
– “Rejoice in the Lord always.”
– “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and
petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
– “Let the peace of God, transcending all understanding, guard your hearts and
mind in Christ Jesus.”
– “Think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent,
and praiseworthy.”
– “Find contentment in your situation.”
– “Share in giving and receiving.”
Mental health is a complex area of life but simply employing God’s principles as
revealed in the above examples can go a long way to seeing us thinking well in life
and reaping a healthy balanced mind and all its associated good fruit.
I pray God’s peace and healing upon you if you are struggling with your own mental
health and I pray God’s strength and enabling upon all who are supporting others
in this challenge.

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Our vision is to be a caring and empowering community of God’s people, bringing healing and restoring hope through life  changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

We not only have a big heart for people but a big heart for our city. Vision Christian Family is one of a number of Ipswich churches who want to see Christ’s kingdom dynamically established in the lives of God’s people. Everything we do ultimately works toward this single purpose.

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jOHN AND jOCIE mEADTH
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Phone: 0437 884 919
Email:

visionchristianfamily@dodo.com.au

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