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The Blues of Depression (2 of 3)
Series: Blue Christmas: Breaking Through the Seasonal Blues
Pastor Kerry Shook
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1. FOLLOW AFTER THE THINGS THAT MATTER
• Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)
• Matthew 2:10 (NASB)
2. DISCOVER THE SECRET OF LIVING IS GIVING
• Matthew 2:11 (NASB)
Faith 246 Hope 185 Love 733 Give 2,285
• Giving Frees Me From The Depressed Zone
• Acts 20:35 (GN)
You never know what you are going to get when you just pick someone out of the audience. You just don't know. We are in a series about how to break through the seasonal blues because Christmas is supposed to be a time of great joy and celebration and happiness. For some people it's a time of deep depression, anxiety, stress and fear. We talked about anxiety and fear last week and how to break through it. I thought I would kind of start out the message today with a little song about fear because as some of you know, I'm now in a boy band. In fact, some of the student ministry team and me have put together a boy band that we call Connect Four. I know a lot of you think that boy bands are going out, but we are bringing boy bands back. We wrote a song about fear. These guys really wrote the song and recorded it. I kind of just tagged along for the ride. Some of you saw our video that came out last month that we titled Connect Four. The one that is coming out right now, we're debuting it right now, is called Can't Be Scared. So, here it is. Connect Four with our newest hit, Can't Be Scared. It'll bless your heart.
That is scary that those guys have so much talent and they are wasting it like that. That's the scary part to me. It gives me a whole new appreciation for Mille Vanille and Ashley Simpson because I can't even lip sync. I can't even get the words right.
We're talking about a very serious subject today, how to break through the blues of depression. I said last week when it comes to anxiety and depression and these things we're talking about in this series, there is definitely a physiological aspect to it. I say that because some people who suffer from depression do so because of a chemical imbalance in the brain. It's really a lack of serotonin. Serotonin is what I call the happy messengers to the brain that tell the brain that the body needs to feel good and to relax and all those sort of things. To be in a good mood. Some people have a chemical imbalance. Kind of a shortage of those happy messengers. I say that because many believers who suffer from depression feel guilty about it and they think I should love God more and this would go away. If I just trusted Christ more then I wouldn't be suffering from depression. That's not true because there's a physiological aspect to depression.