A Light in the Darkness

A Light in the Darkness

By Juan Bacigalupi
A discussion of what it is like to experience mental illness while walking in faith. This is a Dark Tales Project Podcast.
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Episode 12 - Sloth and Gluttony
This week, we are continuing our discussion of the deadly sins. We are actually doubling up this week, talking about both the sins of sloth as well as the sin of gluttony.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 - "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work."  If you have thoughts on this episode, or on any episode, please feel free to leave me a message through the voice message option on the Anchor app, or by emailing me at ALightInTheDarknessPodcast@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening, until next time, be well. 
11:53
March 22, 2020
Episode 11 - Lust and Attraction
This week we are continuing our discussion of the deadly sins with a brief discussion of lust. When is it healthy attraction, when is it lust, and what does the Bible have to say on the subject?  Exodus 20:14 Matthew 5:28-30 Romans 8:6 If you would like to leave me a message about this episode, or about any of the episodes, you can do so at ALightInTheDarknessPodcast@gmail.com. As always, thanks for listening. Until next time, be well. 
09:49
March 15, 2020
Episode 10 - Anger, Sin, and Mental Illness
This week is the first of our discussions about the seven deadly sins. We start off our discussions with anger, and in this week's episode we talk about when is anger normal and healthy, and when does it cross a line and become sin. In this episode, we reference Mark 3:4-5, which says, "Another time Jesus went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, “Stand up in front of everyone.” Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts." We also referenced Matthew 21:12, which says, "Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves."  We also reference an NIH case study on anger and mental illness, as well as an NPR article about anger and depression. Lastly, I am including a TalkSpace article about how it is normal to feel anger towards someone with a mental illness and how we can handle that anger in a healthy way.  If you have thoughts on this episode, or thoughts on something you would like to hear about in a future episode, I would love to hear them. You can leave me a voice message through the Anchor App, or you can email me at ALightInTheDarknessPodcast@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening. Until next time, be well. 
18:12
March 8, 2020
Episode 9 - Lent and Mental Illness
Since this week saw the beginning of Lent, today's episode looks at how the practices of Lent can also help us manage mental illness and help us avoid each and every one of the Seven Deadly Sins, which of course are: Anger, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Envy, Greed, and  Pride. If you have thoughts on this episode, or thoughts on what you would like to hear in a future episode, please let me know at ALightInTheDarknessPodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for tuning in, and until next time, be well. 
15:00
March 1, 2020
Episode 8 - We Are All Blessed, Mental Illness Be Damned
This week, we are talking about why we are all blessed, regardless of the battles we may have with mental illness. So glad you could join us.  Today's Scripture: Matthew 5:5-9 - "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  Job 2:9-10 - “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die! And Job replied, you are talking like a foolish woman, Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?” If you would like to contact me, you can reach me at ALightInTheDarknessPodcast@gmail.com or you can leave me a voice message through the Anchor App. Until next time, be well. 
10:58
February 23, 2020
Episode 7 - Belonging
This week we are talking about belonging. Belonging in Christ, belonging in the church, and how that sense of belonging is helpful in the overall battle with mental illness, which so often lies to us and says that we don't belong.  Genesis 18:19 - Keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just. Then I will do...all that I have promised.  Hebrews 10:25 - Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Romans 12:4-5 - Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ's body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.  If you have thoughts on this episode, or thoughts on something you would like to hear in a future episode, please leave me a voice message through the Anchor app, or you can also email me at Alightinthedarknesspodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for listening. Until next time, be well. 
15:34
February 16, 2020
Episode 6 - Drugs, Faith, and Everything In Between
This week we are talking about mental health medication. Specifically, we are talking about how it works and where it fits in with this larger discussion of faith and mental illness.  Scripture Passages: 1 Timothy 4:1 - Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons. 1 Timothy 4:5-6 - For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:8 - While bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. Proverbs 17:22 - A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Thank you for listening. If you would like to leave a message, you can do so at alightinthedarknesspodcast@gmail.com. Until next week, be well. 
17:08
February 9, 2020
Episode 5 Science v. Faith
This week we are having a brief discussion of how science and faith are not adversaries, but rather complementary ways for God to share His Word and His creation with us. If you have thoughts on this episode, please leave me a voice message through the Anchor app or you can email me at Alightinthedarknesspodcast@gmail.com.  Passages from this Episode: Job 35:11 -  “who teaches more to us than to beasts of the Earth? And makes us wiser than the birds of the air?” John 3:12 - “if I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” Until next week, be well...
12:31
February 2, 2020
Episode 4 - Suicide and Faith
This week we are talking about suicide, about the need for more discussion about suicide, and about where faith fits in with these conversations. If you are struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know that you can get help 24/ by calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or by texting HOME to 741741.  Scripture references: Galatians 6:2 - Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, we will fulfill the law of Christ. You can reach me at Alightinthedarknesspodcast@gmail.com. Thank you for tuning in, and I hope you will join me again next week. 
18:33
January 26, 2020
Episode 3 - It is Okay to Have a Pastor and a Therapist
In this week's episode, we explore a topic that is at the heart of the balance between faith and mental illness, which is the fact that it is okay to have both a pastor and a therapist. God gives you tools like modern psychotherapy because he wants you to be well.  Passages included in this episode.  Jeremiah 1:5 - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart.” Malachi 4:2 - “ For those who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” Psalms 16:9-11 - “My Body Rests in Safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead, or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” If you have thoughts on this episode or thoughts on what you would like to hear in future episodes please leave me a message through the Anchor App, or email me at alightinthedarknesspodcast@gmail.com. This podcast is a Dark Tales Project Production, you can check out further discussions of mental health issues at darktalesproject.com.  Be well.
16:09
January 19, 2020
Episode 2 - Forgiveness
In today's episode, we talk all about forgiveness. Forgiveness is a central issue in faith as Jesus died for our sins so that we may be forgiven, but forgiveness is also an important part of self-care and improving one's mental health and well being. So thank you for tuning in as we explore the important issue of forgiveness. Scripture Selections Colossians 3:13 – Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Matthew 6:14 - If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you Luke 23:34 – As he hung on the cross – “And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. 1 Peter 5:7 – Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. Proverbs 17:9 – Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. If you would like to contact me, you can reach me at a lightinthedarknesspodcast@gmail.com.
13:54
January 12, 2020
Episode 1 - Losing Faith
Welcome to the first episode of A Light in the Darkness, a podcast that explores the intersection of faith and mental illness. On this inaugural episode, we take a brief look at how mental illness can cause you to lose your faith, why that is nothing to be ashamed about, and why I believe God will forgive you for your battles with mental illness and your struggles with faith due to those battles.  This podcast is a Dark Tales Project podcast. You can read more about battling mental illness at darktalesproject.com.  Also, I would love to hear from you. If you have thoughts about this episode or have thoughts on topics you'd like to hear, you can reach me at alightinthedarknesspodcast@gmail.com, and if you have thoughts about the blog you can reach me at darktalesproject@gmail.com.  Thank you again for listening. Be well.  Scripture references from this episode:  Romans 10:17 (ESV) - So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) - No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
10:52
January 5, 2020
Trailer #2
In this second trailer, we take a look at the first four four topics that will be covered in the new year. Thanks for listening. 
01:25
December 22, 2019
Trailer
A trailer for the new podcast, A Light in the Darkness, but the writer and editor behind the DarkTalesProject.com. New episodes will play after the new year. If you have thoughts on what you would like to hear about on this podcast, or read about on my blog, please email me at thedarktalesproject@gmail.com. Thank you. 
02:40
December 15, 2019