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The Blues of Anxiety (1 of 3)
Series: Blue Christmas: Breaking Through the Seasonal Blues
Pastor Kerry Shook
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God's antidote to anxiety is GRACE
GIVE UP TRYING TO GET CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE
• Ps. 46:10 (NIV)
GRACE means I can place my life under God's care and control
REST IN GOD'S APPROVAL
• Eph. 2:8 (NIV)
• Col. 2:6 (NIV)
GRACE means God loves me unconditionally
• Matt. 11:28-29 (The Msg)
ACCEPT GOD'S POWER
• Gal. 2:3 (NCV)
• 1 Cor. 15:10 (NIV)
Isn't it great to have fun at church? The Psalmist said "I was glad when they said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord." Not that I was sad or mad, but that I was glad. I think church should be the most enjoyable place you go all week. I also think church should be the most meaningful place you go all week. Church should be the most powerful and life changing place you go all week. That's why we go to God's Word each and every week because it's the only thing that can produce life change. We are going to look at God's Word over the next three weeks as we always do and we're starting a new series today on how to break through the seasonal blues because Christmas is a time of great joy and celebration, but Christmas is also a season of stress, anxiety and depression for many people. In fact, more people are depressed in the Christmas Season than at any other time. There's even a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD that affects a lot of people in the wintertime and causes depression around the holiday season. I know for Chris and me, December is probably the most exciting and yet the most stressful month of the year. It gets so busy in our family during December. It gets so busy here at church in December. It's so exciting, but it is extremely busy. It culminates with our eight Christmas Eve Services this year trying to get everybody in. We've had really stressful Christmases in the past in the Shook family. I remember one several years ago where we were right in the middle of the Christmas Eve Services and a volunteer from our nursery came rushing over and told us that our youngest son, Steven, who was a baby at the time, that his breathing was belabored and she was concerned about him. So Chris rushed him to the hospital and I stayed and finished out the Christmas Eve Services and sure enough, he had began to develop pneumonia and Chris and Steven had to stay in the hospital throughout Christmas and all the next week. After I finished the Christmas Eve Services, I came to the hospital to make sure they were okay and then Chris sent me home to make sure Christmas went off without a hitch. That's where the problem started right there, that she sent me home. I was worn out after all the Christmas Eve Services and all the stress of December.