Breaking through Helplessness

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

‘-wise as an owl, innocent as a dove
-sheep are dependant on Shepard to stay alive
-needy, vunerable, helpless, dependant!
-there are people out there who look successful, project an image of strength but are actually very lost.
-where are you lost? depleted? lonely?

-the sheep listens to the Shepard’s voice, He guides and leads us. Words of love that lead us to life. Jesus is the exclusive gate.

-sheep won’t lie down and rest if fearful.
-I can lie down and rest if Shepard is watching over me.
-You are safe, rest, be at peace with God.’



I can only imagine movie trailer

It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft. Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway. Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with his father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road in an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.

My Journey to Faith – Notes on Santa Ono’s (President of UBC’s)  Sermon at Tenth Church

He was at a stage in his life where he felt inadequate. He was surrounded by success and intimidated by expectations. He experienced depression – feelings of inadequacy. Tried to take his life. People had no idea he had a problem. Important to talk to people about the crisis of mental health. 1 in 5 UBC students struggle with mental illness. Break stigma of talking about how you feel so others can be there for you. Build web of support to stop people from taking their lives.

Then he got treatment – and diagnosed with mental illness. Not Zoloft or therapy that healed him, but Jesus that has made him well for 2 decades.

People took him to church. He felt like a lost sheep with no spiritual rudder as he came from a family with no faith background. He heard a song about the sound of heaven touching earth – & that’s how he felt when he went to church. Then he went to Sunday school with the kids as a grown adult – went from feeling heaven touching earth to actually believing. Started to read the bible.

What can you do? Be a Shepherd and show your love.



The little engine that could – “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” A line that gives motivation and support. Changes perspective and attitude.

My heart and other black holes (book) by: Jasmine Warga – She encouraged him to share his struggles and his story.

Forgiveness – Scripture

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 The Message (MSG)
16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

21 How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God.

A Call to Listen to God
14 Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.

Hebrews 12:14-15 New Living Translation (NLT)

Thanks to David Yang for this song :)

“Cry In My Heart”
There’s a cry in my heart
For Your glory to fall
For Your presence to fill up my senses
There’s a yearning again
A thirst for discipline
A hunger for things that are deeper

Could You take me beyond?
Could You carry me through?
If I open my heart?
Could I go there with You?
(For I’ve been here before
But I know there’s still more
Oh, Lord, I need to know You)

For what do I have
If I don’t have You, Jesus?
What in this life
Could mean any more?
You are my rock
You are my glory
You are the lifter
Of my head
Lifter of this head