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From Bruce: On Monday, February 27 I received a phone call about 10:35 AM. It was from Mark Sutton. Two weeks before, Mark had been placed on the lung transplant list after four to five years of waiting to go through the process of being worked up for a lung transplant. He was told that it would be 5 to 7 months on the waiting list before he would be considered for a transplant. The call was sim...

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It's been a while. The reason you haven't heard from us for months is because Mark is waiting for a lung transplant and we have been unable to hold any depression seminars. We are working on alternatives, but the book and the LifeFilters are still available. We just found out that Amazon is currently offering the ebook for only 99 cents on Amazon. Just do a search for Hope Again: A 30 Plan for C...

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“You saved my life.”   I’ve heard these words before. Usually, they come from a total stranger through an email or a letter; someone who has picked up “Hope Again” and the LifeFilters and found them an answer to a desperate prayer for help. Let me be honest. I NEVER take such a statement lightly. Every time someone expresses this to me or to Mark Sutton, I am equally shocked and humbled. &...

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Twenty years ago this week, I sat in my car on a dark street staring through my fogged car window at the house across the street. Probably built in the 1940’s the house was once the home of a wealthy native of my city. A porch swing stirred in the autumn breeze and the setting sun painted the eaves of the second floor in red and orange hues. The setting was serene and a bit surreal. For although t...

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Halloween is over and you’re overdosed on sweets. The holidays are looming and you know what that means. Depression!   It is no mystery that depression is always worse during the holidays. And, there are many reasons. I want to talk about a few of these reasons and how you can avoid the inevitable. First, SAD. Not sad. Seasonal Affective Disorder. I’ve talked about this in the Physician’...

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  I’ve been struggling for the past five weeks with a new diagnosis of adult onset diabetes type II. I was placed on an oral medication and promptly changed my diet. As a doctor, I know too much and I am highly motivated. Week before last, I began to suffer from low blood glucose. In fact, looking back on my daily blood tests, I have yet to have a glucose level over 120, and that was two hou...

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I received a recent email asking about where my idea for LifeFilters came from. When I went through my worst depression ever, twenty years ago this month, I had to work for months through counseling to understand what kind of behaviors led me into depression.   My most serious problem stemmed from the fact that I wanted everyone to like me. I craved everyone’s approval. This translated into...

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    Let’s talk about Job. Not Steve Job. Not your working job. Yes, THAT Job. The guy that suffered unspeakable evil and loss. No one likes to think about Job. You know his story. Satan appears before God and is given the opportunity to do everything evil and bad to Job imaginable except to kill him. Job undergoes horrendous tragedy after tragedy and is admonished by his family and ...

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  Why Has God Allowed Depression In My Life?   In today’s Faith Fact, we will tackle the question, “Why has God allowed depression to be a part of my life?”   Some Christians maintain that continued depression is caused by a lack of faith. But is this true?  Let’s examine the facts.  I always ask people who hold this position, “What verses in the Bible tell you this?”...

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I haven’t posted a blog in a few weeks. My family went through some difficult times in the past weeks as my mother-in-law passed away on Wednesday night, September 16th shortly before midnight after a seven year long battle with dementia. Due to circumstances beyond our control, the funeral would not be until the next Monday, September 21st. Why am I telling you this? Because two things happened t...

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I love my mother-in-law. She has my kind of sense of humor — bizarre. But, since April of this year, she has been in hospice care at Oaks of Louisiana nursing home. She suffers from dementia. A week ago today, her nephew and his wife visited from Texas. They were stunned at how much weight “Shine” had lost. Her nephew, Glenn, is a pastor and we gathered at her bedside so he and his wife could spen...

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My daughter suffers from epilepsy. During her last visit, her neurologist suggested she should consider having a Vagus Nerve Stimulator installed. The device is like a pacemaker with a generator in the upper chest right under the skin and a thin wire passed into the neck. The wire would be attached to a nerve in the left side of the neck called the vagus nerve. The stimulator would send electrical...

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I am constantly humbled whenever I hear someone who was touched by our book, “Hope Again: A 30 Day Plan for Conquering Depression” or our Conquering Depression Seminar. Recently, Mark Sutton encountered five people randomly at a local church in Orlando. Each person shared with him a story of how they were touched by our Conquering Depression Seminar. These five individuals came to Mark separately ...

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  I am afraid. The world is changing and doing so faster than I can adapt. It seems everyday a court or a government council or a major label makes a decision that is instantly perceived as anti-Christian. In the midst of my fear I have noticed I make at least three common responses:   1 -- Hunker Down, Bunker Down If I close the door on the outside world and retreat into my inside w...

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I recall driving by Opryland several years ago. The entire complex was under water. It was the great Nashville flood of 2010. Not a year passes I don’t hear about flooding somewhere in the United States. Videos surface of homes under water with people crouched on their roofs. Helicopter rescues take place with people hanging desperately from tree branches or perched precariously on their car tops....

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It’s time for me to be honest with you. I am depressed. Again. It’s probably the fourth or fifth time this year. The previous depressive episodes were due to external circumstances over which I had no control. But, this depression is a doozy. Want to know why? So do I. Being aware of the triggers of your personal depression is a vital tool for preventing a depressive episode and shortening a depr...

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Since it is Memorial Day, I want to share a childhood memory. Growing up in the wooded pastures and flat lands of Louisiana, as a child I dreamed of one day climbing a mountain. The highest point in Louisiana is less than 200 feet above sea level, Mount Driskill. And so it was when at the age of 10 my father loaded up the family to journey west, I realized I would see my dream fulfilled.   ...

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A recent article in the Washington Post said this:   Christianity is on the decline in America, not just among younger generations or in certain regions of the country but across race, gender, education and geographic barriers. The percentage of adults who describe themselves as Christians dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years to about 71 percent, according to a surv...

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Check out our new "trailer" for our Conquering Depression Seminar. Or, if you want to see a longer "Sampler" check out this link.  ...

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Last week, I told you about the shocking news that my co-author and good friend, Mark Sutton, was to have emergency quintuple bypass surgery in February of this year. Mark also suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, a fact he shares readily in our Conquering Depression Seminars. I was instantly shocked, dismayed, concerned, and, yes, depressed. I pulled out all stops rallying everyone I knew in the Arkl...

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