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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Combating Anxiety

Anxiety is something many people struggle with. Stephen Fillmore, who provides drop-in counselling at the Streetlight Centre, has written a reflection on combating anxiety.

As an additional service of the Christian Counselling Centre to the Streetlight community, Pastor Aasman and I have begun conducting question and answer sessions on relevant counselling-related topics. Our fourth session covered anxiety. The session consisted of six parts: video clip, defining anxiety, what brings episodes of anxiety on, how we try to make it go away, coping skills, and the biblical response.

To manage anxiety, I would suggest these three concepts:

  1. Stop stress-speak
  2. Renew the mind
  3. Perspective change

In other words, talk differently, think differently, and adjust our focus from our circumstances to our God.

If we continually verbalize our anxieties, we give them power, and can forget that God is all power!

This said, it must also be acknowledged that not all anxiety is necessarily a bad thing. The fight-flight response is a normal reaction to anticipated danger. Can it be said that anxiety is in the eye of the beholder? We each have different stressors and triggers which may increase our levels of anxiety for a time, until we return to homeostasis.

But what about those with debilitating anxiety? Prescribed medications and various naturopathic approaches may help, but compassion is always needed.

Stephen Fillmore

M.Div./Counselling, Christian Counselling Centre

Streetlight Staff Not Yet Home

TGCThis spring, the Streetlight staff, along with 6,000 other people, attending a three-day conference that was billed as reformed. The Gospel Coalition (TGC) conference was held in the glorious spring weather of Florida, but this was not the place or time to settle in and feel at home.

The conference’s title was “Home Coming.” It was about the future when Jesus Christ returns to end this age and bring his people home to a new heaven and a new earth.

We had world-class speakers (in terms of this world and the next) interpreting great passages in the Bible: The ultimate blessing in the covenant (Deuteronomy 30), the coming reign of the Messiah (Isaiah 11), the new temple (Ezekiel 48), the mansion with many rooms (John 14), what it means to be co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8), just to name a few topics.

It was a great conference, with great singing and great conversations. But we’re still not yet home.

Pastor Paul Aasman