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Addiction is a Family Disease

June 18, 2020

In my family, addiction is as commonplace as dishes in the sink or Sunday dinners. It’s in the way I was raised, the way my parents were raised. I don’t have anyone in my family who lives in active addiction right now, but I can see its effect across generations. Cyclical destruction occurs, and once it is stopped, it can take decades to rebuild.

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Five Ways to Jump Start Your Devotions

June 16, 2020

Spending meaningful time alone with God is one of the most important aspects of the Christian life, but it is also one of the most difficult to sustain. Failure in this area, real or perceived, is common and is guilt inducing for most Christians. We give many different reasons for our struggle: it bores us, it discourages us, it’s work, we’re busy with the things we really have to do, and so on. But I suspect the vast majority of our problem boils down to some version of a simple truth: it doesn’t always feel good.

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Recovery and the Renewing of Your Mind

June 11, 2020

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 If there is one thing that is immediately clear for addicts getting sober, it’s that we need recovery, restoration and renewal in a lot of areas of our lives. Drinking, we are finding, was just a part of it, a symptom of a much bigger and more complex life problem. Though we may have accumulated a bit of sobriety, we still think and act like addicts and many of us still experience intense cravings.

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On Navigating Uncertainty

June 9, 2020

We must be willing to let go of everything to find what it is that is truly meant for us. We’re experiencing a great test of that right now, for everyone.
I know some people are getting really scared right now. As usual over the past three years, my reaction has been paradoxical to this.
Since November 2016, I’ve been checking off my late father’s bucket list and writing a book about it.

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Addiction and Sin: Recovery and Redemption

June 4, 2020

Many complain that our culture is too beholden to biological psychiatry and genetic reductionism. Much of the discussion on addiction forms part of this cultural background. Thus we inherit, or even construct, different ways of thinking about ourselves, about health and disease, about weal and woe. But not every popular assumption is sober truth.

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How to Forgive

June 2, 2020

Forgiveness is often discussed in addiction treatment, and in general has been shown to bolster mental health, hope, and self-esteem.  People are frequently told that they ‘should’ forgive a loved one, or that they ‘need to’ forgive themselves.  Tangible tactics on how to forgive are oft-omitted.  This article neglects philosophical pontifications as to what forgiveness is and instead focuses on specific techniques, based on the Enright model of forgiveness, that actually result in the experience of forgiveness.

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