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March 30, 2016

How do you deal with depression?

Filed under: encouragement — Anthony Biller @ 8:42 pm

Poptarts and Silly Bands

Depression is like a huge, black pit. After it pulls you in, you can’t get out. So you spend countless nights crying yourself to sleep. You spend days in your room separating yourself from others. You feel like doing absolutely nothing ever. You’re constantly hoping things will get better, but also wondering if they ever actually will. And the worst part? When you finally start to get happy again, depression tries to pull you back in and you crash harder than before.

Why I am writing about depression? Because according to suicide.org, a teen takes his or her own life every 100 minutes. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24. Approximately 20 percent of teens experience depression before they reach adulthood, and between 10 to 15 percent suffer from symptoms at any one time.

I struggled with depression and anxiety for a few years. I…

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March 26, 2016

Events of the Passion Week

Filed under: theology — Tags: , — Steve Knaus @ 1:48 am

Acts 1:3 says that Jesus “presented himself alive to them after his suffering…”. The original term for Jesus’ suffering in the King James version is referred to as His “passion” (Acts 1:3, KJV). Therefore, most Bible teachers refer to the final week of Jesus’ suffering on earth as the “Passion Week”.

It is often difficult to compile the exact chronology of the events that happened during that week. None of the four gospel accounts are a complete biography of Jesus Christ and often time indicators are omitted.

The actual days of many of these events are often debated by Bible scholars. Below is my attempt to show the chronology of the events during the Passion week as we can best understand them.

I have also included links to blog posts about the subject(s) as the posts are available.

 

Sunday – Entry into Jerusalem

 

Monday – Cleansing the Temple

 

Tuesday – Debating the leaders

 

Wednesday – Silent Day

  • Silent day: no recorded activity in scripture. Jesus remains in Bethany as the Jewish leaders prepare for His arrest.

 

Thursday – The Last Supper

 

Friday – The Passover Sacrifice

 

Saturday – The Sabbath

 

Sunday – He is Risen!

 

 

Sources:

  • Doug Bookman, Passion Week lecture and notes, http://www.bookmanministries.com
  • Robert L. Thomas & Stanley N Gundry, A Harmony of the Gospels, Sections 187-253, pages 176-259

 

March 21, 2016

A Different Kind of Love

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anthony Biller @ 8:09 pm

From my gorgeous, eldest daughter ….

Poptarts and Silly Bands

Most children grow up having parents they look up to and love and they know their parents love them to the end of the world. They know, or they think, their parents love them more than they could imagine. Then how could my parents fall in love with kids they only had for a year whom they didn’t even raise and care for? How could they love them as much as their own children? Of course I’m not a parent so I wouldn’t understand, but to a biological daughter, watching my parents and siblings fall in love with six new kids so easily, I felt replaced for a while. My relationship with my biological brothers went downhill as they had new siblings who were closer in age. So, let me explain a little bit of what I’ve learned about love.

I love my biological and adoptive siblings the same. But it’s…

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March 18, 2016

4 things my little siblings have taught me

Filed under: adoption, Life!, love, marriage and family, Uncategorized — Anthony Biller @ 11:06 pm

Smelly shoes lined the floor. My bare feet stick to the dirty surface that hadn’t been swept since breakfast. As socks are always missing, they are a rare delicacy only to be enjoyed on speci…

Source: 4 things my little siblings have taught me

A letter from a Christian teen

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anthony Biller @ 11:01 pm

When I was in elementary school, one of my greatest enjoyments was driving past the high school on my way to violin lessons. Why? Teenagers. To me, a young naive child, teenagers were weird, messed…

Source: A letter from a Christian teen

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