Today, we're going to be talking with Chaplain Justin Cohen, who has an amazing personal story, first of all, but has also dedicated his life to helping others, especially when it comes to the role of spiritual gifts and leading people as a chaplain.
We're also recording today's episode in the month of September, which is the suicide prevention and recovery month, and we're going to be talking a little bit about Chaplain Cohen's resources when it comes to these matters and the advice that he will have for folks out there as well.
Highlights of this episode:
0:00 – Intro
1:36 – His early life and joining Navy
7:24 – His call to the ministry in 1995
9:52 – Helping people discover their purpose
13:28 – Losing that sense of purpose is s big reason for suicidal ideation and depression.
15:40 – The SAVE model
Chaplain Justin Cohen:
Justin Cohen was born and raised in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia on May 17, 1969. He received the call to ministry in a vision at the age of 11, but rejected it throughout his teen years of rebellion. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the US Navy as an Inventory Manager, determined to pursue a career in business, but God had another plan.
During a crisis period in his life, Bishop Cohen received his PERSONAL salvation, receiving Jesus Christ as his Savior through the personal ministry of a faithful deacon at Trinity Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL where he was eventually water baptized and disciples.
Upon successful ministerial internship under the direction of the late Rev. Dr. Harold Vick and graduation from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 1995, he returned to Philadelphia. In 2001, He founded World Harvest. He's a 2004 graduate of the Carolina University of Theology, earning a Master of Theology degree with a specialization in Ecclesiology, which became the basis for his subsequent book, Unwrapped.
He is a member of the National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains, the Spiritual Care Association, the Military Chaplains Association, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE
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