Our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance.
- 1 Thessalonians 1:5
One marked characteristic of modern evangelicalism is its lack of assurance, resulting in a pathetic search for external evidence to corroborate its faith. It sets out bravely to declare its trust in Christ but is shortly overawed by the counter declarations of science and philosophy and before long it is looking about for some collateral evidence to restore its confidence.
The faith of the Christian must rest upon Christ Himself. He is the mystery of godliness, a miracle, and emergence of the Deity into time and space for a reason and a purpose. He is complete in Himself and gains nothing from any human philosophy.
The New Testament points to Christ and says God now commands all men everywhere to repent: because He has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man He has ordained! Our assurance is the fact that He raised Him from the dead. In that, God validated forever the claims of Christ. He is who He said He was and what He said He was. So, Christ is enough! To have Him and nothing else is to be rich beyond all conceiving.
Lord, it seems that mankind always wants to make something more complex than it really is. Help us to be satisfied with simple faith in Jesus only!
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the fallen, our service men and women, and all those who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, and free.
Medication is an important part of treatment for many patients with major depressive disorder, but the transition to antidepressants isn't always smooth. It can take six weeks for a person to respond to pharmacotherapy. And with remission rates at about only one-third, the majority of patients with depression could also benefit from better overall response to medication. Researchers at the University of Michigan who specialize in both psychiatry and sleep medicine found a potential way to help. A precise sleep schedule could affect antidepressant remission rates and response time, researchers found. But not in the way they thought.
More, not less, sleep. Previous studies, mostly in inpatient settings, found that total or partial (four- to five-hour) sleep deprivation on a single night improved mood the following day for about 60 percent of patients. This extreme amount of sleep deprivation is not, however, practical or safe for patients in their own homes. In the new U-M study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 68 adults were assigned to spend either six or eight hours in bed each night during their first two weeks on the antidepressant fluoxetine. It's the first study to assess the mood effects of a modest time-in-bed restriction on outpatients. Sleep and mood were measured daily for the first two weeks, and mood measurement continued weekly for six more weeks after the patients returned to their preferred sleep schedules and continued fluoxetine. "It's important to find practical and safe strategies that can enhance our traditional depression therapies, so we decided to evaluate a more modest amount of sleep deprivation that could easily be implemented alongside medication treatment," says J. Todd Arnedt, Ph.D., principal investigator and U-M associate professor in psychiatry and neurology. "Although we predicted the group with restricted time in bed would have a better response, based on previous sleep deprivation research in depression, we actually found the opposite." Surprisingly, the group who spent the full eight hours in bed each night showed greater improvements on all fronts. The subjects were almost twice as likely to achieve symptom remission after the full eight weeks of antidepressant treatment—63 percent compared with 33 percent in the six-hour group. They also experienced a faster response to treatment. "This is the first study to demonstrate that adequate sleep might accelerate and augment antidepressant treatment response," Arnedt says, "but more research is necessary."
*I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots.*
*Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.*
*I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.*
*I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be
driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family
*I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too
much on physical activity anymore.*
*I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to
visit there too often.*
*I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.*
*Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older. *
*One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the
adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the
stimuli I can get!*
*I may have been in Continent, and I don't remember what country I was in.
It's an age thing.*
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