The Church In Thy House: Morning and Evening, November 1st

Phillipian jailer and Paul

Philemon 2

Is there a Church in this house? Are parents, children, friends, servants, all members of it? or are some still unconverted? Let us pause here and let the question go round—Am I a member of the Church in this house? How would father’s heart leap for joy, and mother’s eyes fill with holy tears if from the eldest to the youngest all were saved! Let us pray for this great mercy until the Lord shall grant it to us. Probably it had been the dearest object of Philemon’s desires to have all his household saved; but it was not at first granted him in its fulness. He had a wicked servant, Onesimus, who, having wronged him, ran away from his service. His master’s prayers followed him, and at last, as God would have it, Onesimus was led to hear Paul preach; his heart was touched, and he returned to Philemon, not only to be a faithful servant, but a brother beloved, adding another member to the Church in Philemon’s house. Is there an unconverted servant or child absent this morning? Make special supplication that such may, on their return to their home, gladden all hearts with good news of what grace has done! Is there one present? Let him partake in the same earnest entreaty.

If there be such a Church in our house, let us order it well, and let all act as in the sight of God. Let us move in the common affairs of life with studied holiness, diligence, kindness, and integrity. More is expected of a Church than of an ordinary household; family worship must, in such a case, be more devout and hearty; internal love must be more warm and unbroken, and external conduct must be more sanctified and Christlike. We need not fear that the smallness of our number will put us out of the list of Churches, for the Holy Spirit has here enrolled a family-church in the inspired book of remembrance. As a Church let us now draw nigh to the great head of the one Church universal, and let us beseech him to give us grace to shine before men to the glory of his name.

Beautiful Christian Music: Praise & Worship, October 31st

Song List

1.  Holy God-  Brian Doerksen

2.  Our God Saves-  Paul Baloche

3.  Have You Heard?-  Simon Brading

4.  How Deep?  Sovereign Grace Music

5.  Back And Forth-  Lanae Hale

6.  Rescue-  Desperation Band

7.  Jesus Messiah-  Chris Tomlin

8.  Grace-  Laura Story

9.  I Am Free-  Newsboys

10.  O Holy Night-  Celtic Women & Chloe Agnew

11.  Happy Day-  Kim Walker

Several New Resources Now Available

I’m excited to introduce six new resources to the blog.  There is a variety to be sure and I’m praying God would use each of these as He sees fit as they relate to those who visit More Than Coping.  All six are linked below and also listed to the right for you to always have access to them.  I will briefly say a word about each one and you are free to visit any or all of them.  My thanks go out to Peter-John Courson for allowing me to link to the church he serves.  God bless!  Allan

1)  Active Minds is an excellent organization whose goal is to fight the stigma of mental illness on college campuses across the nation.  Many college age youth are struggling with mental illness and this organization is working to reach out to them while also educating others.

2)  Child & Adolescent B-Polar Foundation exists to reach out and help families who have a young person who is afflicted with Bi-Polar Disorder.  This is an excellent resource that provides an abundance of information.

3)  The International Mental Health Research Organization is a leading mental health charity committed to supporting research to help people with brain disease, and, ultimately, find cures for schizophrenia, depression, and bi-polar disorder.

4)  Free Christian Resources may be here just for me!  There is something for everyone, including music, clip art, apologetics, devotions, and Bible study.

5)  Capo Beach Calvary is located in Southern California.  Peter-John Courson is the teaching Pastor.

6)  Capo Calvary Blog is the blog maintained by Peter-John Courson.

Active Minds

Child & Adolescent Bi-Polar Foundation

The International Mental Health Research Organization

Free Christian Resources

Capo Beach Calvary

Capo Calvary Blog

Prayer Request & Praise Reports, October 30th

Pursue me Lord. Stand fixed in my path that I might never stray into the broad way that resembles security. May Your Word be so familiar that every counterfeit heightens my sense of discernment. You provide the way of escape. I surrender my future to You.

Lord, I progress through obedience. I rally in the knowledge of Your continual forgiveness. I sojourn willfully seeking to please You through devotion and praise. But it is You Lord that brings me to this. You lead me, your lame blinded lamb who wanders into danger. You have rescued me from the hate of those who hate You. You bind me with cords of love. You carry me over crevices of doubt, anxiety, reproach, and defeat to set me in green pastures of reliance on You. I am watered and fed. I rest.

To You be the praise of all You describe Yourself to be. May we involve ourselves in those holy aspects that makes You King of kings and Lord of Lords. We worship at Your feet. Holy, Holy, Holy You Are. We recognize

For the Name above all Names,

~clean hands pure heart~

Past Prayer Requests

Allan–  Pastor John Duncan is hospitalized as the result of a motorcycle accident. His leg was severely damaged. Please pray that John’s leg would heal completely. Update:  John is now home and recovering.  Still needs much prayer as he is dealing with severe pain.

Allan–  Oden’s six month old son had a liver transplant.  Pray that his body doesn’t reject it and that he recovers swiftly and completely.

White Horses- Prayer for anxious thoughts and worrying.

Allan–  My mother is going to need bypass surgery on both legs.  She has Peripheral Arterial Disease.

Long Term Prayer Requests

Shaun Sells–  Keep Shaun in prayer for wisdom as he seeks to continue his ministry to those with mental illness in his church.

Dusty– Continued prayer for deep depression.

Rachel–  Continued prayer as she struggles with bi-polar disorder.

Natalie Tan–   She is battling an eating disorder and has a tough battle ahead of her. There is a new article posted that is about her. She puts a face to eating disorders and is a young woman that will need prayer.

Allan–  Our nephew’s wife has M.S.

Dorci- I would love it if people could pray that our son Eric would fall in love with Jesus and would follow Him with all his heart. Thank you.

miniErunner- Please pray for my best friend’s father. He was just diagnosed with throat cancer and will be starting intense chemo within the next few weeks. Please also pray for his wife and 2 daughters. Pray that they will stay strong through all of this. Update – Surgery was done and his voice box was removed.  He will now undergo further treatment.

Past Praise Report

Allan–  Oden’s son Seth is now home from the hospital having received a new liver. Please pray that his body will heal quickly from the surgery and that his body will accept his new liver perfectly.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder In Children

The following article addresses the reality of children who are impacted with OCD.  The article is taken from  the  International OCD  Foundation.  Their web site is located    HERE.

What Is Life Like For Children Who Have OCD?

OCD can make daily life very difficult and stressful for children. OCD symptoms often take up a great deal of a child’s time and energy.  This makes it difficult to complete tasks such as homework or household chores. Children worry that they are “crazy” because they are aware their thinking is different than their friends and family. A child’s self-esteem can be negatively affected because the OCD has led to embarrassment or has made the child feel “bizarre” or “out of control.”

Mornings And Evenings Can Be Especially Difficult For Children With OCD

In the morning, they feel they must do their rituals right, or the rest of the day will not go well. Meanwhile, they are rushed to be on time for school. This combination  of factors leads to feeling pressured, stressed, and irritable. In the evenings, they feel compelled to finish all of their compulsive rituals before they go to bed. They know they must get their homework done and take care of any household chores and responsibilities. Some children stay up late because of their OCD, and are often exhausted the following day.

Children with OCD frequently don’t feel well physically. This may be due to the stress of having the disorder, or it may be poor nutrition or the loss of sleep.  Obsessions and compulsions related to food are common, and these can lead to irregular or “quirky” eating habits. Many children with OCD are prone to stress-related ailments such as headache, or an upset stomach.

Children with OCD have episodes in which they are extremely angry with their parents. This is because the parents have become unwilling (or are unable!) to comply with the child’s OCD-related demands. For example, children with obsessions about germs may insist that they be allowed to shower for hours, or demand that their clothes be washed numerous times or a particular way. Even when parents set reasonable limits, children with OCD can become anxious and angry. However, this anger does not justify physical or verbal abuse between parent and child. If violence or abuse occurs within the home, it should not be tolerated.  Professional help should be sought.

Friendships and peer relationships are stressful for those with OCD because they  try  hard to conceal their rituals from peers. When the disorder is severe, this becomes impossible, and the child may get teased or ridiculed. Even when the OCD is not severe, it affects friendships because of the time spent preoccupied with obsessions and compulsions, or because friends react negatively to unusual OCD-related behaviors.

Children with OCD appear more likely to have additional psychiatric problems than those who do not have the disorder. Comorbidity means having two (or more) separate psychiatric diagnoses at the same time. Below is a list of psychiatric conditions that frequently occur along with OCD:

  • Additional anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder or social phobia)
  • Depression/dysthymia
  • Disruptive behavior disorders (such as oppositional defiant disorder, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Learning disorders
  • Tic disorders/Tourette’s syndrome
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
  • Body dysmorphic disorder (imagined ugliness) Sometimes comorbid disorders can be treated with the same medication prescribed to treat the OCD. Depression, additional anxiety disorders, and trichotillomania may improve when a child takes anti-OCD medication.

On the other hand, ADHD, tic disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders usually require additional treatments, including medications that are not specific to OCD. A booklet of this size cannot address all the possible comorbid conditions a child with OCD could have, nor all the possible medication approaches used for these comorbid disorders.

In general, using the smallest amount of medication effective in controlling symptoms, starting low and going slow  are common sense approaches. In unusually complicated situations, or in situations where the OCD appears resistant to drug treatment, a consultation with an expert in the area of childhood OCD is warranted.

To complete this article click   HERE.