Suicide

I just want to end my pain. Is it wrong to feel that way?

I am in constant pain. Sometimes, I just want to be out of my misery, whatever it takes. Is it wrong to feel that way?

It is not wrong to want to be in God's presence, free from the effects of this world. It isn't wrong to desire relief from your physical ailments either. But, suicidal thoughts are symptoms of a lack of hope and trust in the Lord. He has a perfect purpose for you, even in the midst of your ailment.

God loves you so much and He has a plan for you, even in the midst of your suffering. Look at what He accomplished through Jesus' suffering. He can still use you to bless those around you as the watch your strong witness for Christ.

The Serenity Prayer

It is not certain how old the Serenity Prayer is or who really wrote it. It may date as far back as Boethius (500 A.D.) who was a philosopher. Before he was martyred by the Christians, he was in prison for a long time during which he wrote "Consolation of Philosophy."

Reinhold Niebuhr is often credited with writing the Serenity Prayer but he credited Friedrich Oetinger who was an 18th century theologian.

Daily Prayer for Protection

This is a very comprehensive prayer. You may want to break it down into 7 parts and pray one part each day for one week.

Dear Heavenly Father,

My Problems (Online Video)Premium Content

Great video which is very inspiring. Puts your problems into perspective.

My Problems (Online Video)

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Recovery from Abuse and Life's Hardships Workshop - TranscriptPremium Content

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Jan Coates is our guest speaker this evening. She is the author of
Set Free: God's Healing Power for Abuse Survivors and Those Who Love Them

After she is finished speaking we will open the floor up to questions from the audience. Enjoy!

SETFREE:

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Survival from Life's Tragedies and Abuses Workshop - TranscriptPremium Content

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Welcome to the latest CIR Workshop: Survival from Life's Tragedies and Abuses.

Each month CIR has a live workshop and discussion with a published author or expert in the Christian recovery field. The sessions are approximately one hour long: 1st part of the session the guest speaker will presents a premise or principles of their work and the 2nd part of the session you get a chance to ask questions and get answers with emphasis on life application in recovery.

Tonight our guest speaker is Jan Coates. She is the author of

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Depression Recovery Workshop -TranscriptPremium Content

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Obie-host: Please join me in welcoming Linda Lufkin. She is the author of the book. A Pathway to Healing: One Woman's Journey through Depression

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Need Prayer?Premium Content

If you are in need of prayer CIR has wonderful Prayer Warriors who will pray for your needs:
1. Post to the Prayer Forum in the Message Boards. Please note that only requests for CIR members and their immediate families may be submitted. Other requests should be submitted to specialized prayer ministries.

2. Attend the Prayer and Praise Meetings that are Scheduled.
See: Chat Schedule

    Praise & Prayer Meeting - Everyone is Welcome !
    A personal time for people to bring their hurts and daily
    issues to the back fence and have the freedom to share
    them and be prayed for. Also, a time for other prayer

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Preventing SuicidePremium Content

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Men and DepressionPremium Content

Depression is a medical condition that affects the body, mood, and thoughts. It affects the way one eats and sleeps. It affects how one thinks about hings, and one's self-perception. A depressive disorder is not the same as a passing blue mood. It is not a sign of personal weakness or a condition one can will or wish away. People with a depressive illness cannot merely “pull themselves together” and get better. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months, or years. However, appropriate treatment, often involving medication and/or short-term psychotherapy, can help most people who suffer from depression.

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