8 Truths to Remember in the Midst of Sadness

In truth, depression is a form of suffering. Thus, all of God’s promises and exhortations that apply to suffering apply to depression as well. This gives great hope to strugglers. In fact, it gives all of the hope of God’s promises.
Dr. Jim Newheiser
I'm thrilled for the chance to share a new resource card with you, authored by my friend and mentor Dr. Jim Newheiser, who is the Associate Professor of Christian Counseling and Pastoral Theology and the Director of the Christian Counseling Program at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. With permission of the Counseling Program, I submit to you one of their most recent printable resource cards entitled, 8 Truths to Remember in the Midst of Sadness.

The card references 8 common lies we may find ourselves listening to as we walk through seasons of sorrows, and pits them against eternal biblical truths. By providing a wealth of key Scripture references, Dr. Newheiser reminds the sorrowing to look to their identity in Christ and God's unchanging character as a means of sustaining grace.

This resource card offers the hope of the gospel in clear and simple terms—just the kind of manna one needs to make it through the day while trusting God for tomorrow.

I recommend printing out a copy and keeping it in your Bible. Print extras to hand out to friends and family, or take a stack of cards to your church as a resource. You can also make good use of the card by using the Scripture references as a guide for personal study and memorization.
To download a copy of this two-sided printable resource card, click the button below. Special thanks to Dr. Jim Newheiser and Dr. Nate Brooks, the Coordinator of the Christian Counseling Program at RTS Charlotte, for making this resource card available to my readers.
Instead of assuming that everyone with a depressed mood has a disease that requires medical treatment, it could be that we are looking at people who are simply sad for a variety of identifiable reasons. If we are going to help those who struggle with mood disorders, we need to have a better understanding of what is or is not a disease.
– Dr. Charles Hodges, Good Mood Bad Mood
In addition, there is an EQUIP workshop RTS Charlotte is hosting in January 2020 featuring Dr. Charles Hodges, author of Good Mood Bad Mood: Help and Hope for Depression and Bipolar Disorder. Lord-willing, I'll be in attendance, and invite you to join us as well!

Depression is one of the most common diagnoses made in medicine today. In this workshop, Dr. Hodges will discuss whether we are in an epidemic or if we have simply misdiagnosed common sadness as depression. Current research in the medical community seems to indicate that the criteria we use to diagnose depression has resulted in an increased and incorrect labeling of common sadness as depression. While medical treatment is now the commonly accepted way to deal with pain and sadness, its promise has not been fulfilled. Dr. Hodges will help us see the importance of sadness and the hope that God gives us in His Word.

Dr. Charles Hodges is the Executive Director of Vision of Hope, a residential facility for women who struggle with eating disorders, self-harm, OCD, substance abuse, and other problems. He is a licensed marital family therapist and also practices Family Medicine and Geriatrics. Dr. Hodges teaches and counsels at the Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaches on medical subjects in biblical counseling around the country and abroad.

View more details about this upcoming event and register to attend below.
Depression & The Christian Life
with Dr. Charles Hodges
When: Tuesday, January 28th
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: RTS Charlotte Chapel • 2101 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226

Ticket Prices:
Single Early Bird $25 (Through January 7)
Couple Early Bird $40 (Through January 7)
Single Standard $35 (Through January 27)
Couple Standard $50 (Through January 27)
At the Door $40/person

* Ticket prices include a copy of Dr. Hodges' book Good Mood, Bad Mood (couple tickets will receive one book).
** This information is listed for the convenience of my readers—I am not affiliated with this event, but whole-heartedly commend it to you as a fabulous opportunity for equipping! Click the button below for specific questions pertaining to the event and registration.
About the RTS Charlotte Christian Counseling Degree Program
The Masters of Arts Christian Counseling program is designed to provide a rich combination of theological and practical training which prepares students to effectively apply God’s word to their own lives and also to the lives of others. This 66 credit hour degree program emphasizes a commitment to the authority and relevance of Scripture in all areas of life, and will help prepare students for their individual calling, whether it be pastoral ministry, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy, missions, youth ministry, adoption agencies, human services, or ministry in Christian counseling centers.
Christine M. Chappell
Author, Writer, & Podcast Host
Christine Chappell is the author of Clean Home, Messy Heart, Help! My Teen is Depressed! (forthcoming March 2020 with Shepherd Press), and is the host of The Hope + Help Project podcast. She writes frequently about depression, sorrow, grief, and motherhood at her blog and has completed biblical counseling certificates with the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship. Christine's writing has been featured at Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, Risen Motherhood, Servants of Grace, Thrive Moms, Devotable, and For Every Mom.  
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