Dave Talley

Grieving the Loss of a Loved One Who Was Mentally Ill

By Dave Talley Apr. 9, 2016 9:00 a.m. Evangelism, Marriage and Family, New Testament

I have a friend who was diagnosed as schizophrenic and delusional. He suffered for over 5 years with this illness, and during this time people tried desperately to come alongside of him and “help him change.” All of them experienced failure in their attempts. Those years were sad and difficult for family and friends. He recently committed suicide, and we are grieving his loss.

As a result of his illness, my friend did not always treat people properly. He left his family. He lost his job. He spent his entire life savings, including his children’s college funds. The family lost their home, and his wife did her best to keep the family together. He did not walk his daughter down the aisle or even attend her wedding. He missed birthdays, his anniversary, and Mother’s/Father’s Days. Obviously, there was much pain. And there was anger. And often this anger was expressed toward my friend ...

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Ministering to the Mentally Ill

By Dave Talley Feb. 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Old Testament

When was the last time you considered the mentally ill or, even much less, ministry to the mentally ill?

I have been remembering a good friend. He was my best friend during my freshman year in college. Our rooms were in the same suite in our dorm. We shared a bathroom. We took the same classes. We sat next to one another in chapel because my last name followed his alphabetically. We were on the basketball team. As point guard, I fed him the ball, and, as shooting guard, he made the shot. What a team we were! He introduced me to my wife. We double-dated numerous times. He was the best man in my wedding. We vacationed together as families through the years. We saw one another on at least a yearly basis, our friendship always picking up like we had just seen one another the week before. We shared something special ...

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Grace, Grace, God's Grace

By Dave Talley Jan. 18, 2016 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Old Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

... Grace is a concept that we have fully received, but one that we will never fully comprehend. Throughout all of eternity we will be “grow(ing) in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). Our worship and praise of the One who has bestowed grace on us will only increase, ever and always … there will be no end of our awe ...

 

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Hidden Sins, Part Two

By Dave Talley Jan. 11, 2016 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Spiritual Formation

This article builds on “Hidden Sins, Part One,” which was written previously (August 24, 2012). I forgot to post Part Two, so here it is. The next question to be asked is: What are the results of “hidden sins”, and what can we do about it?

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“Baby” Jesus

By Dave Talley Dec. 23, 2015 9:00 a.m. New Testament, Theology

I love advent season. Every year at our church we have a sermon series focused on advent during the five weeks leading up to Christmas day. It is always a joyous celebration. This year our focus is on John 1:1-18 ...

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Together With Them – Hebrews 13:3

By Dave Talley Nov. 26, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Marriage and Family, New Testament, Spiritual Formation

Voice of the Martyrs has offered an excellent idea for those who may be travelling during this Thanksgiving season or who might be looking for some special activities to do while gathered with families and friends. 

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A Biblical Vision for Discipleship

By Dave Talley Oct. 21, 2015 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

I believe that we are at a place in the history of the church where we need to have a vision for what we are seeking to produce in people through the ministries of the church. It can be increasingly difficult to maintain a simple focus on our main purpose to “make disciples” in light of the diverse needs of any church body and, therefore, it is easy to get caught up in the “monster of ministry” activity. I believe that we need to think more strategically in terms of what we are seeking to produce in a person and make this a focus for the church. Our biblical mandate is to present every person complete in Christ. What would this look like? Where should our sights be set? What should the life of disciple look like? ...

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