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Living A Life Of Perspective, Purpose, And Purity

“Join one another in following my example, brothers, and carefully observe those who live according to the pattern we set for you. For as I have often told you before, and now declare even with tears: Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and their glory is in their shame. Their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself, will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body.

Seven Strategic Steps To Success

Success for many people sometimes feels way out of reach. They know what they want to accomplish, but they feel they do not have what it takes, that it is too much, too difficult, or that it will take too long. They feel there is no way it could ever be done...whatever the it is. So they give up before they ever get started.

I don't want to see you give up before you ever get started. I want to see you experience success. I want to see you reach your goals. I want to see you realize your dreams.

God, I Just Don't Understand

Most, if not all of us, have said the following to God, "God, I just don't understand." The reason we have said this to God is because something has happened, or didn't happen, that we don't understand.

Maybe this is you.

You have said to God, "God, I just don't understand."

Your heart is hurting. Your mind is confused.

You were told by your Pastor, Bible teacher, small group leader, mentor, or friend that through your faith, through your right believing in the finished work of Jesus, God would bless you with a better job, a restored marriage, a healed body.

You Are Meant For More

As I watched this 23 year old young man seek to recover from an overdose of drugs, I could tell he felt empty, lonely, lost, and hopeless. As I watched him, all I could think was how this young man was meant for so much more. He was meant for more than a life of addiction and the pain it brings. He was meant to know God, to enjoy God, and to experience all God has created him to be. So what happened? What went wrong? How did he end up in a hospital bed seeking to recover from an overdose when he was meant for so much more?

You Can Quit....Starting Today!

Has there been something you have been wanting to quit? Something that you know is not good for you? Yet, you have tried over and over again to quit, but without any success. You're beginning to think, "What's the point? I can never quit. I've tried. I can't." I want to encourage you today to not give up. Today could be the day you quit, and quit for good! I want to suggest to you a different approach to quitting. This approach gets your mind off of quitting and on to living.

My Conversation With Andy About Addiction And Grace

The entire class of those recovering from addiction were gathered around Andy and me listening closely to our intense discussion about if grace frees people from addiction or keeps people in addiction. My belief and teaching to the group was that grace frees people from addiction, while Andy's belief and teaching was grace keeps people in addiction.

It all started immediately after an afternoon session on God's grace I had with the group. I taught the group grace is everything God has done for us through Jesus' life, death, and resurrection to save us, leaving us nothing to do earn salvation but to simply receive what he has done for us by faith or trusting in Jesus alone.

The Pattern of Addiction

Every addiction has a pattern. By seeing the pattern of addiction, those addicted will have a greater understanding of their addiction. Understanding the pattern of addiction will go a long way in helping those addicted break free from the pain of addiction. The pattern of addiction involves nine parts.  Below are the nine parts to the pattern of an addiction.
 
Part 1: Reasons For The Addiction
 
  • Escape Pain, Problems, or Pressure – Burdens in life.
 
Some addicts are drawn to their addiction to get away from what is giving them so much trouble in their lives.

Moving Forward Through Forgiveness

Many times in our lives we are hurt by something someone says or does to us. What we do when we are hurt will determine if we move forward into a better and brighter future or backwards into a deeper and darker misery. Below, you will find four responses we have toward people who hurt us that push us backward into a deeper and darker misery and four responses that move us forward into a better and brighter future. The responses we choose will determine if we will move into a deeper and darker misery or better and brighter future.
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