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  1. Johnny & Veronika October 24, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Dear Pastor Warren, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this valuable post. It is so easy to become self-righteous in this world that promotes a life of fake beauty and success, of lies, fraud, fake, mask and pretense.
    Your 5 foundation points give food for deep thought and stir up honesty. God bless you! We will keep you in our prayer. Johnny & Veronika

  2. In fact, we could be the disabled ones if we can’t relate to one of God ‘s criatures and he does. The social disability may be in us and not in the so called disabled.

  3. Thank you so much for writing this, Pastor Warren. My son, who is 34 years old and battles depression and mental illness. when you said that mental illness tends to create isolation I started to cry as my son is a truck driver and lives in a truck and doesn’t have a home to return to when he is off the road. Although he has brothers and sisters who live nearby he doesn’t have a lot of contact with them and I live too far away to see him very often.

    Please pray for him and that the Lord will work in his life and bring him a mentor that can help him and also a family he can be with. He is saved and filled with the Holy Spirit. His father and myself did missionary work for many years in Latin America and he was saved at an early age and knows the Lord.

    Thank you for all you are doing to help those with mental illness!

    God bless and keep you always!

    A loving and concerned Mother

  4. Thank you for the above truths. I was searching for discussion points for a meeting coming up training new Deacon candidates about behavioral health. You are always a blessing.

  5. It was great. I’m so happy to have my church family otherwise I couldn’t make it. It’s made me cry. I’m so thankful

  6. Thank you Pastor Rick & Kay
    For the word of God I receive every morning. So sorry for your Matthews feelings he had to try to work out. I pray for you both. Blessings comfort and the peace that only He can give.

  7. We all have worth whether sane, sober, mental or physical problems God loves All of us. God came to earth especially for the least of his children. Paul Williams pastor Haven (a mental health & drug rehab)

  8. This is an amazing start for people to read who are burdened with the struggle or pain of mental health severities within themselves, family or friends. The scripture supports God’s love for those afflicted with mental health challenges, that God loves all who are afflicted and will never leave nor forsake them. We need this country to read this to have a basic understanding of where we all fit into God’s Grace and Mercy to begin helping us embrace those with mental health challenges. Thank you for stepping out in faith in using your huge loss of Matthew as a way to reach others in honoring him. With God’s love, Anne M. Just

  9. James McNaughton October 11, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    This article is succinct and effective and I am going to use it in our “hope for mental health” group for newcomers. “journey toward hope” is excellent, we have been using it since you first offered it at the Summit before it was pulled temporarily. I wish to express my deepest condolences concerning your son. Joy inexpressible awaits you when you are reunited again with him and Jesus. I have dealt with mental illness for 40 years, 10 years of hell, 30 years with the right meds. Schizophrenia, Major Depression, Bipolar, and Anxiety are my unwelcome companions. I have a blog about my relationship with Jesus, my relationship with mental illness, and the combination of both: By the way, I am not a pastor, but I play one on TV. No, just kidding. I am a State of Michigan Certified Peer Support Specialist but I find value in subscribing. Thank you for what you do for us. I thank your wife too.

  10. Powerful words so real so true, thank you so much Pastor Rick, God bless you and use you more for this generation

  11. Loretta Schwartz October 11, 2018 at 9:53 am

    My heart goes out to you Rick and your family for your loss. I too have a son named Joshua who is schizophrenic. He’s a beautiful young man now 32 yrs old. As a mother nothing in this world could prepare you for such a devastating illness. I’ve never felt so helpless in all my life. With God’s amazing Grace, Josh is better and I’ve accepted that maybe God’s will is to not heal my son but his unconditional love has blessed me. Thank you for your ministry and for opening my heart and mind to the truth of God’s unending unrelenting perfect Love.

  12. ana julieta duarte garcia October 11, 2018 at 7:54 am

    Amo la aiglesia, sus pastores a través de las predicas me han edificado enormemente, me han llevado a conocer de Dios y ha tener un firme propósito de ser mejor persona cada día. De ser sensible a las necesidades de los demás, soy especialista en Salud Mental y aprecio muchisimo estos tips.

    Con amor, bendiciones por siempre

  13. Thank you Ps. Rick Warren for sharing. May God help us find ourselves in these truths and use us in this world more.

  14. Thank you pastor Rick Warren for sharing. So thankful for you.

  15. Thank you, Pastor,
    I have been lost in mental illness/ isolation since 1988…
    Your article melted my heart.
    I can begin to see the horizon, there is hope!

  16. Thank you Pastor Rick for the loving reminder that we’re all broken! I’m almost an octogenarian and instead of being looked after by my wife, I am looking after her. She’s not been mentally well for nearly 3 years and I’ve walked with her all the way. It’s a real privilege to be able to do this. Thank you for all you have done for us through God Bless always. RJC

  17. Really ecourange me even my English not good,but still felt touch by God’s great if all the messages can translate to Chinese.
    May God bless your ministry.

  18. Thank you Pastor Warren! This is an on time word! On my way to work each morning, I see this homeless man on the corner begging for money. I know that he is hungry and I know that the man does drugs. It’s a community of them that lives on the corner. But this morning was different. I saw the man laying under a blanket, on the concrete sleep. I immediately started praying and my heart was breaking for him. As I was praying and crying, God put it on my heart that he is mentally ill. I prayed that God would give me wisdom on how to help and minister to him. I thank God for hearing my prayer.

  19. Pastor Rob Fisher October 10, 2018 at 11:24 am

    i have been a pastor to the forgotten people in our church for more than 25 years that includes the mentally ill who find their way to us. Because of the lack of funding for treatment a lot of them end up on the streets or in our county jail. This adds to the stigma they already face

    It is a constant matter of educating our other church attenders to the fact that God loves the mentally challenged as He loves all of us. Judgement can be a hard thing to overcome in our fallen world.

    Thank you sharing.

  20. Anne-Marie Poehl October 10, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Please recommend some resources to help people isolated by depression. I’m struggling knowing how to help them not be isolated. Thanks for sharing your experiences and supporting people trying to figure out how to help.

  21. I am so encouraged by this message. The Church has long needed to lead the way on mental illness. I work with parolees, many who continue to be incarcerated by their own fears and addictions. Our organization is on the cutting edge of offering hope by providing proven group therapies and neurofeedback therapy. Although we are not a faith based organization, our mission is to offer unconditional positive regard to all our clients. In other words, show them Jesus by affirming their value.

  22. I have been waiting for the purpose driven life what on earth am i here for i havent recieved it. I cant wait to read it.

  23. Deborah Jean Gilbreath October 10, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Thank you for sharing your personal story of Matthew and using that to help save others and bring them into God’s Kingdom through the church. I suffered from a mental illness when I was divorced after a 32 year marriage. I had to be hospitalized for 3 years. Today I am free in Christ and I still take a mood balancer with an anti-psychotic in it each day in small doses. I have been symptom free since 2009 with Christ’s help and good doctors. I love the anointing that God has on your ministry and have gained much help through the Celebrate Recovery program at Lakepointe Church Town East Campus in Mesquite, Texas over the years. We minister to many with mental illness issues, as well as all other types of issues. God bless you.

  24. Very timely. Our 40 year old son also Matthew battling at the moment