Summary: A tough sermon that addresses the reality of depression and how to deal with it from a Biblical perspective. Because of the subject matter there was no central scripture text, but a variety of passages that gave evidence to the fact that many Biblical cha

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Well, good morning. Is anybody dealing with the winter blues? Anybody at all? Be honest. Of course you are. Because it’s January, there is snow on the ground, it’s cold out there, and the Steelers are not going to be in the Super Bowl. We all experience the winter blues, but if you’re someone who experiences this ugly thing that we call depression, the winter blues can easily roll into the springtime blues, the summer blues, and even the fall blues. In other words, if you deal with depression, the blues can be an ongoing cycle of life that is very difficult to break free of. What we are going to do today, we are actually going to break free from talking about our four core values of worship, discipleship, outreach, community, and we are going to tackle this tough topic of depression. Hopefully, by the end of the sermon, you may see that some of the solution has to do with the four core values.

Anyway, before we get started looking at some scripture about depression, let’s see if we can come up with a definition of depression. This is right out of Webster’s Dictionary. It says “Depression- A psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.” I think that is a pretty good, well-rounded definition of depression, but it doesn’t really address the causes and the duration of depression that many people experience. Some of you know that depression can be caused by a variety of reasons. There is this thing called post-partum depression, which is also known as the baby blues. You might be experiencing in grief by loss of a loved one. Maybe you experience depression because of a job loss or some sort of a lifestyle-type change. Or maybe you experience depression because of a health situation or possibly even a biological situation, a hereditary-type thing. The bottom line is you can experience depression for a variety of reasons. The duration can be as short as a day or so to up to years at a time. A lot of people struggle with this thing called depression, especially in America. I was reading some statistics about depression, and apparently, 5-10% of Americans have experienced some form of major depression, also known as clinical depression, in their lives. And that approximately 15% of Americans are currently on some form of anti-depressant drugs. That is a lot of people.

No one is immune to depression. There is no one demographic that has not been affected by depression. Obviously, you have depression in adults. You have depression in teens. You have depression in the elderly. Even now they are finding depression in children. There is no social status that is immune from depression. The rich and the poor, even celebrities. I was doing some research and I found out that a ton of celebrities and even politicians deal with depression. Names like Harrison Ford, Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton, Ashley Judd, Jim Carrey, Winston Churchill, Boris Yeltsin, even Abe Lincoln have at one time or another struggled with depression, which also kind of debunks the idea that, if you’re depressed, you can’t be productive. See I would say that a lot of depressed people are very productive. Because when that cloud finally lifts up, you are going to work, you are going to make up for lost time. So you become very productive.

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